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Events

  • 1980 – Witnesses report the first of several sightings of unexplained lights near RAF Woodbridge, in Rendlesham Forest, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom, an incident called "Britain's Roswell".
  • 1969 – The oil company Phillips Petroleum made the first oil discovery in the Norwegian sector of North Sea.
  • 1968 – Apollo program: The crew of Apollo 8 enters into orbit around the Moon, becoming the first humans to do so. They performed ten lunar orbits and broadcast live TV pictures.
  • 1966 – A Canadair CL-44 chartered by the United States military crashes into a small village in South Vietnam, killing 129.
  • 1964 – Vietnam War: Viet Cong operatives bomb the Brinks Hotel in Saigon, South Vietnam to demonstrate they can strike an American installation in the heavily guarded capital.
  • 1906 – Radio: Reginald Fessenden transmits the first radio broadcast; consisting of a poetry reading, a violin solo, and a speech.
  • 1826 – The Eggnog Riot at the United States Military Academy begins that night, wrapping up the following morning.
  • 1818 – The first performance of "Silent Night" takes place in the church of St. Nikolaus in Oberndorf, Austria.
  • 1814 – Representatives of Britain and the United States sign the Treaty of Ghent, ending the War of 1812.
  • 1777 – Kiritimati, also called Christmas Island, is discovered by James Cook.

Births

  • 1990 – Brigetta Barrett, American high jumper
  • 1990 – Marcus Jordan, American basketball player
  • 1987 – Jane Summersett, American ice dancer
  • 1986 – Tim Elliott, American mixed martial artist
  • 1985 – David Ragan, American race car driver
  • 1980 – Tomas Kalnoky, Czech-American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1979 – Chris Hero, American wrestler and trainer
  • 1977 – Michael Raymond-James, American actor
  • 1974 – J.D. Walsh, American actor, director, and producer
  • 1974 – Ryan Seacrest, American radio host and television personality, and producer
  • 1973 – Stephenie Meyer, American author and film producer
  • 1971 – Ricky Martin, Puerto Rican-American singer-songwriter and actor
  • 1970 – Adam Haslett, American author and academic
  • 1970 – Amaury Nolasco, Puerto Rican-American actor
  • 1969 – Brad Anderson, American wrestler
  • 1969 – Clinton McKinnon, American saxophonist and keyboard player
  • 1969 – Leavander Johnson, American boxer (d. 2005)
  • 1969 – Michael Zucchet, American economist and politician
  • 1968 – Doyle Bramhall II, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1966 – Diedrich Bader, American actor
  • 1965 – Millard Powers, American bass player, songwriter, and producer
  • 1964 – Mark Valley, American actor
  • 1963 – Jay Bilas, American basketball player and sportscaster
  • 1963 – Mary Ramsey, American singer-songwriter and violinist
  • 1963 – Neil Turbin, American singer-songwriter
  • 1962 – Kate Spade, American fashion designer, co-founded Kate Spade New York
  • 1961 – Jay Wright, American basketball player and coach
  • 1961 – Mary Barra, American businesswoman, current CEO and chairwoman of General Motors
  • 1961 – Wade Williams, American actor
  • 1960 – Glenn McQueen, Canadian-American animator (d. 2002)
  • 1959 – Lee Daniels, American director and producer
  • 1958 – Gene Sperling, American economist
  • 1958 – Paul Pressey, American basketball player and coach
  • 1955 – Clarence Gilyard, American actor and educator
  • 1955 – Scott Fischer, American mountaineer and guide (d. 1996)
  • 1954 – Dale Brown Emeagwali, American microbiologist and cancer researcher
  • 1953 – Timothy Carhart, American actor
  • 1951 – John D'Acquisto, American baseball player
  • 1950 – Dana Gioia, American poet and critic
  • 1950 – Libby Larsen, American composer
  • 1949 – Randy Neugebauer, American accountant and politician
  • 1946 – Jeff Sessions, American captain, lawyer, and politician, 44th Attorney General of Alabama
  • 1945 – Steve Smith, Canadian-American actor and comedian
  • 1944 – Mike Curb, American businessman and politician, 42nd Lieutenant Governor of California
  • 1944 – Woody Shaw, American trumpeter (d. 1989)
  • 1942 – Jonathan Borofsky, American sculptor and painter
  • 1940 – Janet Carroll, American actress and singer (d. 2012)
  • 1938 – Bobby Henrich, American baseball player
  • 1932 – On Kawara, Japanese-American painter (d. 2014)
  • 1931 – Ray Bryant, American pianist and composer (d. 2011)
  • 1930 – John J. Kelley, American runner (d. 2011)
  • 1930 – Robert Joffrey, American dancer and choreographer (d. 1988)
  • 1927 – Mary Higgins Clark, American author
  • 1924 – Lee Dorsey, American singer-songwriter (d. 1986)
  • 1923 – George Patton IV, American general (d. 2004)
  • 1922 – Ava Gardner, American actress (d. 1990)
  • 1921 – Bill Dudley, American football player (d. 2010)
  • 1914 – Ralph Marterie, Italian-American trumpet player and bandleader (d. 1978)
  • 1913 – Ad Reinhardt, American painter and academic (d. 1967)
  • 1910 – Fritz Leiber, American author and poet (d. 1992)
  • 1907 – I. F. Stone, American journalist and author (d. 1989)
  • 1906 – Franz Waxman, German-American composer and conductor (d. 1967)
  • 1905 – Howard Hughes, American businessman, engineer, and pilot (d. 1976)
  • 1904 – Joseph M. Juran, Romanian-American engineer and businessman (d. 2008)
  • 1903 – Ava Helen Pauling, American humanitarian and activist (d. 1981)
  • 1903 – Joseph Cornell, American sculptor and director (d. 1972)
  • 1898 – Baby Dodds, American drummer (d. 1959)
  • 1895 – E. Roland Harriman, American financier and philanthropist (d. 1978)
  • 1895 – Marguerite Williams, American geologist (d. 1991)
  • 1894 – Jack Thayer, American businessman (d. 1945)
  • 1893 – Harry Warren, American pianist and composer (d. 1981)
  • 1892 – Ruth Chatterton, American actress (d. 1961)
  • 1888 – Michael Curtiz, Hungarian-American actor, director, and producer (d. 1962)
  • 1885 – Paul Manship, American sculptor (d. 1966)
  • 1881 – Charles Wakefield Cadman, American composer and critic (d. 1946)
  • 1880 – Johnny Gruelle, American author and illustrator (d. 1939)
  • 1872 – Frederick Semple, American golfer and tennis player (d. 1927)
  • 1865 – Szymon Askenazy, Polish historian, educator, and diplomat, founded the Askenazy school (d. 1935)
  • 1809 – Kit Carson, American general (d. 1868)

Deaths

  • 2014 – Buddy DeFranco, American clarinet player (b. 1923)
  • 2014 – Herbert Harris, American lawyer and politician (b. 1926)
  • 2013 – Allan McKeown, English-American screenwriter and producer (b. 1946)
  • 2013 – Ian Barbour, Chinese-American author and scholar (b. 1923)
  • 2012 – Charles Durning, American soldier and actor (b. 1923)
  • 2012 – Jack Klugman, American actor (b. 1922)
  • 2012 – Richard Rodney Bennett, English-American composer and academic (b. 1936)
  • 2009 – George Michael, American sportscaster (b. 1939)
  • 2007 – George Warrington, American businessman (b. 1952)
  • 2006 – Frank Stanton, American businessman (b. 1908)
  • 2004 – Johnny Oates, American baseball player, coach, and manager (b. 1946)
  • 2000 – John Cooper, English businessman, co-founded the Cooper Car Company (b. 1923)
  • 1999 – Bill Bowerman, American runner, coach, and businessman, co-founded Nike, Inc. (b. 1911)
  • 1997 – James Komack, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1930)
  • 1997 – Pierre Péladeau, Canadian businessman, founded Quebecor (b. 1925)
  • 1994 – John Boswell, American historian, author, and academic (b. 1947)
  • 1993 – Norman Vincent Peale, American minister and author (b. 1898)
  • 1992 – Bobby LaKind, American singer-songwriter and conga player (b. 1945)
  • 1991 – Virginia Sorensen, American author (b. 1912)
  • 1986 – Gardner Fox, American author (b. 1911)
  • 1985 – Camille Tourville, Canadian-American wrestler and manager (b. 1927)
  • 1985 – Robert Todd Lincoln Beckwith, American lawyer (b. 1904)
  • 1984 – Peter Lawford, English-American actor (b. 1923)
  • 1975 – Bernard Herrmann, American composer and conductor (b. 1911)
  • 1972 – Gisela Richter, English-American archaeologist and historian (b. 1882)
  • 1969 – Cortelia Clark, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1907)
  • 1967 – Burt Baskin, American businessman, co-founded Baskin-Robbins (b. 1913)
  • 1965 – William M. Branham, American minister and theologian (b. 1906)
  • 1961 – Robert Hillyer, American poet and academic (b. 1895)
  • 1957 – Norma Talmadge, American actress and producer (b. 1893)
  • 1931 – Flying Hawk, American warrior, educator and historian (b. 1854)
  • 1926 – Wesley Coe, American shot putter, hammer thrower, and discus thrower (b. 1879)
  • 1920 – Stephen Mosher Wood, American lieutenant and politician (b. 1832)
  • 1914 – John Muir, Scottish-American geologist, botanist, and author, founded Sierra Club (b. 1838)
  • 1873 – Johns Hopkins, American businessman and philanthropist (b. 1795)
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