After promising to go to the aid of the Fifth Crusade within nine months, Frederick II is crowned emperor by Pope Honorius III.
Death of Robin Hood (according to Winken de Ward, printer, 1n 1495)
Pope Clement orders the arrest of all Templars
Death of John I, King of France
Mary of Guise, wife of James V, King of Scotland 1643 French explorer of North America Rene Robert de la Salle born
New laws are passed in Spain giving protection against the enslavement of Indians in America.
Poet John Donne is elected dean of St. Paul's
First settlers for Maryland sailed from England
English pirate Edward Teach -- better known as "Blackbeard" -- was killed during a battle off the Virginia coast.
English novelist George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans) born
In New York, the Astor Place Opera House, the city's first operatic theater, is opened.
American lawyer Horatio G. Spafford's four daughters drowned when their passenger ship, while crossing the Atlantic, collided with another and sank. One month later, as his own ship passed over the spot of the earlier tragedy, Spafford penned the words to the enduring hymn, "It is Well With My Soul."
On this day, Lillian Russell made her vaudeville debut in New York City.
French statesman and military leader Charles de Gaulle President of France 1958-1969 born
Wiley Post, the first pilot to fly solo around the world born
Composer Hoagy Carmichael (Stardust) born
The Marconi Wireless Company of America was incorporated under laws of the State of New Jersey.
The "S-O-S" distress signal was adopted at the International Radio Telegraphic Convention in Berlin.
Helen Hayes appeared for the first time on the New York stage this day. She was a member of the cast of "In Old Dutch", which opened at the Herald Square Theatre.
Founder of PONY League baseball for youngsters Lew Hays born
A Labor conference committee in the U.S. urges an eight hour work day and a 48-hour week.
Comedian Rodney (Jacob Cohen) Dangerfield (Caddyshack, Easy Money, Back to School, Natural Born Killers, The Dean Martin Show) born
Movie director Arthur Hiller (The Americanization of Emily, Author! Author!, Man of La Mancha, Plaza Suite, The Silver Streak) born
British King George is confined to bed with congested lung; the queen is to take over duties.
"Bolero" by Maurice Ravel made its debut in Paris.
Actor Robert Vaughn (The Man from U.N.C.L.E.) born
Actor Michael (Calinieff) Callan born
Animator and movie director Terry Gilliam (Monty Python series, And Now for Something Completely Different ) born
Actor Tom Conti (American Dreamer, The Norman Conquests series, The Quick and the Dead, Saving Grace) born
Astronaut Guion S. Bluford born
Lyricist Lorenz Hart died in New York at age 48.
Tennis player Billie Jean (Moffitt) King born
Singer musician Steve Van Zandt born
A train wreck in New York City killed 79 people.
Rock musician Tina Weymouth (Talking Heads; The Tom Tom Club) born
Baseball player Greg Luzinski born
Pianist Craig Hundley born
Actress Jamie Lee Curtis (A Fish Called Wanda, Forever born
Rock singer Jason Ringenberg (Jason & the Scorchers) born
Actress Mariel Hemingway (Delirious, Falling from Grace, born
The film, "A Man for All Seasons" opened this day in New York City.
President Kennedy was assassinated while riding in a motorcade in Dallas. Texas Governor John B. Connally was seriously wounded. A suspect, Lee Harvey Oswald, was arrested. Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson became the 36th president of the United States.
Death of C.S. Lewis, 65, Anglican scholar, novelist and Christian apologist. Author of: "The Chronicles of Narnia", "The Screwtape Letters," "The Great Divorce," "Perlandria."
Actor Stephen Geoffreys born
The production of "Man of LaMancha", including the classic, "The Impossible Dream", opened in New York City for the first of 2,328 performances.
Tennis player Boris Becker (youngest Wimbledon Men's Champat age 17) born
The UN Security Council approved Resolution 242, which called for Israel to withdraw from territories it captured in 1967, and implicitly called on adversaries to recognize Israel's right to exist.
The State Department ended a 22-year ban on U.S. travel to China.
Britain announces a plan for moderate Protestants and Catholics to share power in Northern Ireland.
Juan Carlos was proclaimed King of Spain.
"Dr. Zhivago" appeared on TV for the first time. The production, including, "Somewhere My Love" had earned $93 million from theatre tickets over ten years. NBC paid $4 million for the broadcast rights.
The Anglo-French supersonic Concorde jetliner began scheduled flights to New York from London and Paris.
Tony Orlando returned to the concert stage after a self-imposed three month retirement following the suicide death of his good friend, Freddie Printz. Orlando appeared in concert in San Carlos, California.
Actress Mae West died in Hollywood at age 87.
Actress Scarlett Johannson ("The Horse Whisperer") born
Fred Rogers of PBS' "Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood" presented a sweater, knitted by his mother, to the Smithsonian Institution as "a symbol of warmth, closeness and caring," according to museum officials.
The largest swearing-in ceremony, ever, took place as 38,648 immigrants became citizens of the United States, after six days of rallies around the country. Chrysler Corporation's Lee Ioccoca helped preside over the event.
Justice Department finds memo in Lt. Col. Oliver North's office on the transfer of $12 million to contras from Iran arms sale.
Mike Tyson was only 20 years and 4 months old on this day, becoming the youngest to wear the world heavyweight boxing crown. He knocked out Travor Berbick in Las Vegas, NV.
The government of Nicaragua released 985 political prisoners in a show of compliance with a Central American peace plan.
Americans honored President Kennedy on the 25th anniversary of his assassination, with 25-hundred people turning out in Dallas, and visitors stopping by his gravesite at Arlington National Cemetery.
The space shuttle "Discovery" blasted off at night.
The president of Lebanon, Rene Moawad, was assassinated less than three weeks after taking office.
British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, having failed to win re-election of the Conservative Party leadership on the first ballot, announced her resignation.
President Bush, his wife, Barbara, and top congressional leaders shared Thanksgiving dinner with U.S. troops in Saudi Arabia.
Egypt's Bhoutros Bhoutros-Ghali was chosen to be the next United Nations Secretary-General.
In an attempt to break a deadlock, the Bush administration proposed that Middle East peace talks resume in Washington, D.C.
President-elect Bill Clinton met in Little Rock, Arkansas, with sometime-critic Jesse Jackson, who praised the future chief executive as a leader who could "make the nation whole."
Mexico's Senate overwhelmingly approved the North American Free Trade Agreement.
Striking flight attendants at American Airlines called off their four-day-old job action after President Clinton helped broker an agreement to submit the dispute to binding arbitration.
A gunman opened fire inside the District of Columbia's police headquarters; the resulting gunbattle left two FBI agents, a city detective and the gunman dead.
Serb fighters in northwest Bosnia set villages ablaze in response to a retaliatory airstrike by NATO.
Acting swiftly to boost the Balkan peace accord, the U.N. Security Council suspended economic sanctions against Serbia and eased the arms embargo against the states of the former Yugoslavia.
The Commerce Department reported the U.S. trade deficit had narrowed to its lowest level in nine months.
O.J. Simpson took the stand as a hostile witness in the wrongful death lawsuit filed against him, saying it was "absolutely not true" that he'd killed Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman.
Martin Bryant, who'd gunned down 35 people at Port Arthur, Australia, was sentenced to life behind bars with no chance for parole.
UN weapons experts returned to work in Iraq, searching eight sites for signs the Iraqis might have worked on biological, chemical or other banned arms during a three-week forced halt in inspections.
The CBS News program "60 Minutes" aired videotape of Dr. Jack Kevorkian, an advocate of assisted suicide, administering lethal drugs to Thomas Youk (yowk), a terminally ill patient. Kevorkian, who challenged prosecutors to charge him, was later convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to ten to 25 years in prison.
During a visit to the former communist country of Bulgaria, President Clinton promised tens of thousands of cheering Bulgarians in Sofia that "you too shall overcome" in their difficult struggle for democracy and prosperity.
Electronic Frontier Foundation sues Sony over CD technology
Fischer suffers seizure, collapses during Red Wings game
UK children's charities announce merger
Angela Merkel elected new German chancellor
Iraqi groups call for US pull-out
Former DeLay aide pleads guilty in corruption case
Alleged Bush-Blair Al-Jazeera bombing transcript leaked
Christmas Island detention centre reopened
164 foot diameter Large Millimeter telescope on the summit of Mexico's Sierra Negra activated
Bush's daughter's purse snatched
French postal service is back on the rails
Winter session of the Parliament of India begins today
Nine killed in Kolkata leather factory fire
Honda Civic tops Canada's list of most stolen cars
Handcuffed Philadelphia man shoots himself
Canada to have free vote on reopening gay marriage debate
Lebanese Christian leader assassinated
Israel's Supreme Court recognizes foreign same-sex marriages
Cabinet to discuss UK nuclear deterrent for the first time tomorrow
New Zealand National party pays back owed GST
Chemical plant fire decimates Danvers, Massachusetts neighboorhood
NZ National party leader wants book based around his emails published
Polish mine explosion kills 8
State funeral approved by Canadian House of Commons
Batavia Air 737 loses piece of wing in flight, lands safely
Political scandal in Italy: reported interference on major media
Tiffany Vise and Derek Trent land first throw quadruple salchow
English Football Association sacks national team manager Steve McClaren
In the spirit of US Thanksgiving tradition, two turkeys receive presidential pardon
U.S. warships temporarily denied entry to Hong Kong
Australian Liberal Party criticised over fake pamphlets
Militants, pirates may fight over Saudi oil tanker
Another grenade attack in Thailand injures eight
Somali pirates now hold 134 Filipino seafarers hostage
US Nazi leader talks about Barack Obama, the economy and more
2010 Sakurai Prize awarded for 1964 Higgs Boson theory work
Indonesian ferry sinks, at least nine dead
Winfrey announces end of 'Oprah'
US healthcare bill passes Senate vote
Canadian loses health benefits after company finds joyful Facebook pictures
Afghan Member of Parliament escapes assasination attempt
Australian Football League to hold match in China
Bomb explosions in northeastern India kill at least seven
Republican groups suspected in gun battle with, failed bombing of, Northern Irish police
Iraqi lawmakers delay vote on electoral law
Saudi Arabia fears Hajj swine flu outbreak as four pilgrims die
Astronaut's baby born 200 miles below him
Ex-cosmonaut Konstantin Feoktistov dies; Soviet space pioneer was 83
Pirates seize Greek-owned ship off coast of Yemen
NASCAR: Edwards wins Ford 400; Johnson claims championship
Historic Scottish island castle wins the lottery