Otto "the Great," Holy Roman Emperor born
Death of Edred, King of England
Alfonso X (the Wise), King of Castile & Leon born
Ferdinand III, King of Castile-Leon, takes Seville
Louis, Duke of Orleans, brother of Charles IV of France, assassinated
Death of Ladislaus V, King of Hungary and Bohemia
Guru Nanak, founder of the Sikhs born
Perkin Warbeck, pretender to the English throne, executed
Prospero Alpini, botanist; introduced coffee, bananas to Europe born
Edward Arden, heretic, stretched on the Rack in the Tower of London
John Wallis, English mathematician, logician introduced the infinity math symbol born
Declaration of Independence signer Edward Rutledge born
Frederick County, Maryland, repudiated the British Stamp Act.
John Hancock elected President of the Continental Congress for the second time
Franklin Pierce, 14th President (1853-1857) born
Scottish poet James Thomson born
The horseshoe manufacturing machine was patented by Henry Burden of Troy, New York.
Just past midnight, a sharp jolt causes Lake Merced to drop 30 feet.
Outlaw Billy "The Kid" Bonney born
Patent granted for a process of making color photographs.
The first intercollegiate football association was established in Springfield, MA.
Mexican artist Jose Clemente Orozco born
Actor Boris Karloff (William Henry Pratt) (Frankenstein, The Bride of Frankenstein, House of Frankenstein, Son of Frankenstein, Die Monster, Die!, The Mask of Fu Manchu, The Mummy, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, The Body Snatcher; narrated How the Grinch Stole Christmas) born
Comedian and Actor Harpo (Adolph) Marx (pretend-mute Marx brother; accomplished harpist) born
The first jukebox made its debut in San Francisco, at the Palais Royale Saloon. The contraption consisted of an Edison tinfoil phonograph with four listening tubes and a coin slot for each tube.
Actor Victor Jory (Gone with the Wind, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Miracle Worker, Papillon) born
singer Enrico Caruso made his American debut at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York, appearing in "Rigoletto."
Wright brothers form a million-dollar corporation for the commercial manufacture of airplanes.
Author Maurice Zolotow (Billy Wilder in Hollywood) born
Actress 1915 - Ellen Drew (Hollywood Boulevard, China Sky, Christmas in July, Dark Mountain) born
Actor Michael Gough (Alfred in the "Batman" movies) born
President Harding signs the Willis Campell Act, better known as the anti-beer bill. It forbids doctors to prescribe beer or liquor for medicinal purposes.
Vincent Lopez and some 40 jazz musicians presented a concert of upbeat music at the Metropolitan Opera House in NYC.
Broadway composer Jerry Bock (Fiddler on the Roof, Fiorello) born
Actress Sybil Jason (Jacobs) born
Shirley Booth and Ed Gardner were married on this day. Miss Booth was famous for her television acting role ("Hazel"); but we remember when she and her husband played Miss Duffy and Archie on radio's classic, "Duffy's Tavern". She also gave an Oscar-winning performance in 1952 in "Come Back Little Sheba."
Former Labor Secretary William E. Brock born
Singer Gloria Lynne (I Wish You Love) born
FDR recalls Ambassador Welles from Havana and urges stability in Cuba.
Wimbledon Champion tennis player Lew Hoad born
Ethel Leginska became the first woman to write an opera - and conduct it. Her original work titled, "Gale" opened at the Chicago City Opera Company.
"Life," the magazine created by Henry R. Luce, was first published. It was an immediate sellout. The cover of that famous magazine showed an obstetrician slapping a baby and the caption read, "LIFE begins."
U.S. abandons the American embassy in Madrid, Spain, which is engulfed by civil war.
Bob Hope and Shirley Ross recorded a song for the film, "The Big Broadcast of 1938." "Thanks for the Memory" became Decca record number 2219. It also became Hope's theme song.
Singer Betty Everett (Shoop Shoop Song [It's in His Kiss]) born
Drummer and singer Freddy Marsden (Group Pacemakers: Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying, Ferry Cross the Mersey, How Do You Do It?, I Like It) born
During World War Two, US forces seized control of the Tarawa and Makin atolls from the Japanese.
Actress Susan Anspach born
Actor Steve Landesberg (Barney Miller) born
Most US wartime rationing of foods, including meat and butter, ended.
E. L. Sukenik of Jerusalem's Hebrew University first received word of the existence of the Dead Sea Scrolls.
Singer Bruce Hornsby born
Ronald and Nancy Reagan appeared together in the "GE Theatre" production of "A Turkey for the President."
Actor Maxwell Caulfield (The Colbys) born
The musical "Fiorello!," with music by Jerry Bock and lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, opened on Broadway.
Rock musician Charlie Grover (Sponge) born
Rock singer-musician Ken Block (Sister Hazel) born
Four hijack a U.S. jet, with 87 passengers, from Miami to Cuba.
The People's Republic of China was seated in the UN Security Council.
Rapper Kurupt (Tha Dogg Pound) born
Around 48-hundred people were killed by a series of earthquakes that devastated southern Italy.
Retired CIA analyst Larry Wu-tai Chin was arrested and accused of spying for China. (He committed suicide a year after his conviction.)
Acting against growing political violence and repeated threats of a coup, Philippine President Corazon Aquino fired Defense Minister Juan Ponce Enrile and asked for the resignation of her entire Cabinet.
Two days after a riot by Cuban inmates erupted at a detention center in Oakdale, Louisiana, Cuban detainees at a federal prison in Atlanta also rioted, seizing hostages in a drama that was not resolved until December fourth.
President-elect Bush announced his choice of Brent Scowcroft to be his national security adviser.
President Reagan announced he was pocket-vetoing a bill designed to further restrict lobbying by former federal employees, saying it was "excessive and discriminatory."
Lucia Barrera de Cerna, a housekeeper who said she'd witnessed the slaying of six Jesuit priests and two other people at the Jose Simeon Canas University in El Salvador, was flown to the U.S. under heavy security.
President Bush conferred separately with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in Cairo and Syrian President Hafez Assad in Geneva, seeking Arab support for his drive to expel Iraqi troops from Kuwait.
Yugoslavia's rival leaders agreed to a new cease-fire, the 14th of the Balkan civil war.
Country music star Roy Acuff died in Nashville, Tennessee, at age 89.
In Germany, three Turks were killed when rightist militants firebombed their homes in Moelln; in Berlin, hundreds of demonstrators protested in solidarity with foreigners.
President Clinton signed legislation lifting remaining US sanctions against South Africa, and announced an initiative to spur investment in South Africa's black private sector.
NATO warplanes blasted Serb missile batteries in two air raids while Bosnian Serb fighters, for the first time, broke into the U.N.-designated safe haven of Bihac.
At least 111 people, mostly women and children, were killed in a stampede after Indian police baton-charged tribal protesters in the western city of Nagpur.
Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic grudgingly accepted the U.S.-backed peace plan for the former Yugoslavia after meeting with Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic.
Free-lance photographer Charles Rathbun was booked in Hermosa Beach, California, for investigation of murder in the disappearance of model Linda Sobek. (Rathbun was convicted of Sobek's murder in November 1996.)
Movie director Louis Malle died in Beverly Hills, Calif., at age 63.
A hijacked Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 767 crashed into the waves off Comoros Islands, killing 125 of the 175 people on board.
Following a four-day visit to Australia, President Clinton arrived in the Philippines for a summit of Asian-Pacific leaders.
Forty-four people were injured when an Amtrak train derailed on a Secaucus, New Jersey, bridge.
Artillery shells fired by Lebanese guerrillas accidentally struck a village near the Israeli border, killing eight.
Iowa septuplet mom Bobbi McCaughey left the hospital and returned home while her seven babies stayed behind in intensive care.
Whitewater figure Susan McDougal was acquitted in Santa Monica, California, of embezzling from conductor Zubin Mehta and his wife - a case McDougal said was trumped up to pressure her to testify against President Clinton.
Defense Secretary William Cohen called for a military-wide review of conduct after a Pentagon study said up to 75 percent of blacks and other ethnic minorities reported experiencing racially offensive behavior.
In a plea met with scant applause and silent stares, President Clinton told ethnic Albanians in Kosovo that "you must try" to forgive Serb neighbors and stop punishing them for the terror campaign of Slobodan Milosevic.
Nitish wins in Bihar, India
Australian man threatens to shoot down chopper with tomato-bazooka
Bush backtracks over legal status of alleged "Dirty Bomber" Jose Padilla
Anti-war protesters defy new Texas laws
Workplace reform campaign most expensive in Australian history
Nepal civil war ended by peace deal
Harper to recognize Quebec as nation within Canada
Family sues CNN's Nancy Grace after 'heated debate'
Injunction fails to stop decision on waterfront stadium in New Zealand
Michigan coaching icon Bo Schembechler dies
Bangladesh election chief stands down
3 out of 4 UMP voters prefer Sarkozy for President of France
Auckland City Council supports waterfront stadium in New Zealand
New Zealand National Party leader, Don Brash, resigns
UK radio broadcaster Nick Clarke dies
Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation instant scratch tickets under scrutiny
Exxonmobil burns off excess fuel in Jurong Island, Singapore
UEFA Euro 2008: Cyprus - Germany 1-1. The mouse that roars?
Colombia ends ChÃ¡vez-FARC mediations
Canadian cruise ship sinking in Antarctic
Bomb blasts rock courts in Uttar Pradesh, India
Kitty Hawk and other U.S. warships' visit to Hong Kong canceled
Finnish PM: Media to be investigated over conduct at Jokela shooting
MS Explorer cruise ship passengers are safe
Arkansas judge tells parents to leave Tony Alamo compound to regain custody of seized children
Scotland predicted to have worst recession since 1980, but not as bad as rest of UK
Guns N' Roses' 'Chinese Democracy' released after 15 years
YouTube hosts live music events in Japan and US
Teen broadcasts suicide online
Dam in Queensland, Australia bursts, four missing
Opposing Thai protesters mass, PAD to march on parliament
Security guard for Scientology building shoots, kills man
Italian Air Force transport wreck kills five
Former Iranian vice-president sentenced to six years; released on bail pending appeal
Australian sport may be on the cusp of change
Mexican politician Silverio Cavazos killed by gunmen
Cabinet Minister resigns after boycott in Grenada
North Korean military fires artillery on populated South Korean island
SpaceX Dragon spacecraft certified by US Federal Aviation Administration
England's elderly face human rights breaches in home care system
Terror suspects arrested in connection with bombing public bus in Israel