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Holidays and observances

  • National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day (United States)

Events

  • 2015 – The JAXA probe Akatsuki successfully enters orbit around Venus five years after the first attempt.
  • 2005 – Rigoberto Alpizar, a passenger on American Airlines Flight 924 who allegedly claimed to have a bomb, is shot and killed by a team of U.S. federal air marshals at Miami International Airport.
  • 1982 – In Texas, Charles Brooks, Jr., becomes the first person to be executed by lethal injection in the United States.
  • 1972 – Apollo 17, the last Apollo moon mission, is launched. The crew takes the photograph known as The Blue Marble as they leave the Earth.
  • 1963 – Instant replay makes its debut during the Army-Navy football game in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States.
  • 1941 – World War II: Attack on Pearl Harbor: The Imperial Japanese Navy carries out a surprise attack on the United States Pacific Fleet and its defending Army and Marine air forces at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. (For Japan's near-simultaneous attacks on Eastern Hemisphere targets, see December 8.)
  • 1936 – Australian cricketer Jack Fingleton becomes the first player to score centuries in four consecutive Test innings.
  • 1930 – W1XAV in Boston, Massachusetts telecasts video from the CBS radio orchestra program, The Fox Trappers. The telecast also includes the first television commercial in the United States, an advertisement for I.J. Fox Furriers, who sponsored the radio show.
  • 1917 – World War I: The United States declares war on Austria-Hungary.
  • 1904 – Comparative fuel trials begin between warships HMS Spiteful and HMS Peterel: Spiteful was the first warship powered solely by fuel oil, and the trials led to the obsolescence of coal in ships of the Royal Navy.
  • 1869 – American outlaw Jesse James commits his first confirmed bank robbery in Gallatin, Missouri.
  • 1842 – First concert of the New York Philharmonic, founded by Ureli Corelli Hill.
  • 1787 – Delaware becomes the first state to ratify the United States Constitution.
  • 1776 – Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette, arranges to enter the American military as a major general.

Births

  • 1989 – Kyle Hendricks, American baseball player
  • 1988 – Nathan Adrian, American swimmer
  • 1987 – Aaron Carter, American singer-songwriter, dancer, and actor
  • 1986 – Billy Horschel, American golfer
  • 1985 – Dean Ambrose, American wrestler
  • 1984 – Aaron Gray, American basketball player
  • 1983 – Mike Mucitelli, American mixed martial artist
  • 1979 – Sara Bareilles, American singer-songwriter, pianist, and actress
  • 1978 – Shiri Appleby, American actress, director, and producer
  • 1977 – Eric Chavez, American baseball player and sportscaster
  • 1976 – Alan Faneca, American football player
  • 1976 – Sunny Sweeney, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1973 – Hack Meyers, American wrestler and trainer (d. 2015)
  • 1973 – Terrell Owens, American football player and actor
  • 1972 – Tammy Lynn Sytch, American wrestler and manager
  • 1967 – Tino Martinez, American baseball player, coach, and sportscaster
  • 1966 – C. Thomas Howell, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1965 – Jeffrey Wright, American actor
  • 1964 – Patrick Fabian, American actor
  • 1964 – Peter Laviolette, American ice hockey player and coach
  • 1958 – Rick Rude, American wrestler and sportscaster (d. 1999)
  • 1956 – Larry Bird, American basketball player and coach
  • 1954 – Mary Fallin, American businesswoman and politician, 27th Governor of Oklahoma
  • 1952 – Susan Collins, American politician
  • 1949 – Tom Waits, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor
  • 1947 – James Keach, American actor, producer, and director
  • 1947 – Johnny Bench, American baseball player and sportscaster
  • 1947 – Tony Thomas, American screenwriter and producer
  • 1944 – Daniel Chorzempa, American organist and composer
  • 1943 – Bernard C. Parks, American police officer and politician
  • 1943 – John Bennett Ramsey, American businessman and pilot
  • 1943 – Nick Katz, American mathematician and academic
  • 1943 – Susan Isaacs, American author and screenwriter
  • 1942 – Alex Johnson, American baseball player (d. 2015)
  • 1942 – Harry Chapin, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1981)
  • 1942 – Peter Tomarken, American game show host and producer (d. 2006)
  • 1941 – Melba Pattillo Beals, American journalist and activist
  • 1937 – Thad Cochran, American soldier, lawyer, and politician
  • 1932 – Ellen Burstyn, American actress
  • 1932 – Rosemary Rogers, American journalist and author
  • 1931 – Allan B. Calhamer, American game designer, created Diplomacy (d. 2013)
  • 1930 – Hal Smith, American baseball player
  • 1928 – Mickey Thompson, American racing driver (d. 1988)
  • 1928 – Noam Chomsky, American linguist and philosopher
  • 1927 – Jack S. Blanton, American businessman and philanthropist (d. 2013)
  • 1926 – William John McNaughton, American bishop
  • 1923 – Ted Knight, American actor and comedian (d. 1986)
  • 1915 – Eli Wallach, American actor (d. 2014)
  • 1915 – Leigh Brackett, American author and screenwriter (d. 1978)
  • 1910 – Louis Prima, American singer-songwriter, trumpet player, and actor (d. 1978)
  • 1905 – Gerard Kuiper, Dutch-American astronomer and academic (d. 1973)
  • 1904 – Clarence Nash, American voice actor and singer (d. 1985)
  • 1893 – Fay Bainter, American actress (d. 1968)
  • 1892 – Stuart Davis, American painter and academic (d. 1964)
  • 1888 – Hamilton Fish III, American captain and politician (d. 1991)
  • 1887 – Ernst Toch, Austrian-American composer and songwriter (d. 1964)
  • 1885 – Mason Phelps, American golfer (d. 1945)
  • 1885 – Peter Sturholdt, American boxer and painter (d. 1919)
  • 1884 – John Carpenter, American sprinter (d. 1933)
  • 1879 – Rudolf Friml, Czech-American pianist, composer, and academic (d. 1972)
  • 1873 – Willa Cather, American novelist, short story writer, and poet (d. 1947)
  • 1863 – Richard Warren Sears, American businessman, co-founded Sears (d. 1914)
  • 1847 – Deacon White, American baseball player and manager (d. 1939)

Deaths

  • 2015 – Gerhard Lenski, American sociologist and academic (b. 1924)
  • 2015 – Hyron Spinrad, American astronomer and academic (b. 1934)
  • 2015 – Jesse C. Deen, American soldier and politician (b. 1922)
  • 2014 – Mark Lewis, American author and educator (b. 1954)
  • 2013 – Chick Willis, American singer and guitarist (b. 1934)
  • 2012 – Marty Reisman, American table tennis player and author (b. 1930)
  • 2012 – Ralph Parr, American colonel and pilot (b. 1924)
  • 2012 – Saul Steinberg, American businessman and financier (b. 1939)
  • 2011 – Harry Morgan, American actor (b. 1915)
  • 2010 – Elizabeth Edwards, American lawyer and author (b. 1949)
  • 2008 – Herbert Hutner, American banker and lawyer (b. 1908)
  • 2006 – Jeane Kirkpatrick, American academic and diplomat, 16th United States Ambassador to the United Nations (b. 1926)
  • 2005 – Bud Carson, American football player and coach (b. 1931)
  • 2004 – Frederick Fennell, American conductor and educator (b. 1914)
  • 2004 – Jay Van Andel, American businessman and philanthropist, co-founded Amway (b. 1924)
  • 2004 – Jerry Scoggins, American singer and guitarist (b. 1913)
  • 2003 – Azie Taylor Morton, American educator and politician, 36th Treasurer of the United States (b. 1933)
  • 2003 – Carl F. H. Henry American journalist and theologian (b. 1913)
  • 1998 – John Addison, English-American composer and conductor (b. 1920)
  • 1998 – Martin Rodbell, American biochemist and endocrinologist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1925)
  • 1992 – Richard J. Hughes, American politician, 45th Governor of New Jersey, and Chief Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court (b. 1909)
  • 1990 – Joan Bennett, American actress (b. 1910)
  • 1989 – Haystacks Calhoun, American wrestler and actor (b. 1934)
  • 1985 – J. R. Eyerman, American photographer and journalist (b. 1906)
  • 1985 – Potter Stewart, American soldier and jurist (b. 1915)
  • 1984 – LeeRoy Yarbrough, American race car driver (b. 1938)
  • 1979 – Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin, English-American astronomer and astrophysicist (b. 1900)
  • 1978 – Alexander Wetmore, American ornithologist and paleontologist (b. 1886)
  • 1977 – Peter Carl Goldmark, Hungarian-American engineer (b. 1906)
  • 1976 – Paul Bragg, American nutritionist (b. 1895)
  • 1975 – Hardie Albright, American actor (b. 1903)
  • 1975 – Thornton Wilder, American novelist and playwright (b. 1897)
  • 1970 – Rube Goldberg, American cartoonist, sculptor, and author (b. 1883)
  • 1969 – Lefty O'Doul, American baseball player and manager (b. 1897)
  • 1956 – Huntley Gordon, Canadian-American actor (b. 1887)
  • 1949 – Rex Beach, American author, playwright, and water polo player (b. 1877)
  • 1947 – Nicholas Murray Butler, American philosopher and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1862)
  • 1902 – Thomas Nast, German-American cartoonist (b. 1840)
  • 1723 – Jan Santini Aichel, Czech architect, designed the Pilgrimage Church of Saint John of Nepomuk and Karlova Koruna Chateau (b. 1677)
  • 1672 – Richard Bellingham, English-American lawyer and politician, 8th Governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony (b. 1592)
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