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Events

  • 2003 – The ill-fated Beagle 2 probe, released from the Mars Express spacecraft on December 19, stops transmitting shortly before its scheduled landing.
  • 1968 – Apollo program: Apollo 8 performs the very first successful Trans-Earth injection (TEI) maneuver, sending the crew and spacecraft on a trajectory back to Earth from Lunar orbit.
  • 1946 – The first European self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction is initiated within the Soviet Union's F-1 nuclear reactor.
  • 1941 – Admiral Émile Muselier seizes the archipelago of Saint Pierre and Miquelon, which become the first part of France to be liberated by the Free French Forces.
  • 1935 – Regina Jonas is ordained as the first female rabbi in the history of Judaism.
  • 1868 – United States President Andrew Johnson grants an unconditional pardon to all Confederate veterans.
  • 1837 – Second Seminole War: American general Zachary Taylor leads 1100 troops against the Seminoles at the Battle of Lake Okeechobee.
  • 1826 – The Eggnog Riot at the United States Military Academy concludes after beginning the previous evening.
  • 1815 – The Handel and Haydn Society, oldest continually performing arts organization in the United States, gives its first performance.
  • 1814 – Rev. Samuel Marsden holds the first Christian service on land in New Zealand at Rangihoua Bay.
  • 1809 – Dr. Ephraim McDowell performs the first ovariotomy, removing a 22-pound tumor.
  • 1130 – Count Roger II of Sicily is crowned the first king of Sicily.
  • 1100 – Baldwin of Boulogne is crowned the first King of Jerusalem in the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem.
  • 336 – First documentary sign of Christmas celebration in Rome.

Births

  • 1988 – Eric Gordon, American basketball player
  • 1988 – Heather Cooke, American soccer player
  • 1987 – Demaryius Thomas, American football player
  • 1984 – Chris Richard, American basketball player
  • 1982 – Chris Rene, American singer-songwriter and producer
  • 1982 – Shawn Andrews, American football player
  • 1981 – Trenesha Biggers, American wrestler and model
  • 1980 – Marcus Trufant, American football player
  • 1976 – Tim James, American basketball player and coach
  • 1975 – Daniel Mustard, American singer-songwriter
  • 1973 – Chris Harris, American wrestler
  • 1972 – Mac Powell, American singer-songwriter and producer
  • 1970 – Rodney Dent, American basketball player
  • 1968 – Jim Dowd, American ice hockey player
  • 1967 – Jason Thirsk, American bass player (d. 1996)
  • 1959 – Michael P. Anderson, American colonel, pilot, and astronaut (d. 2003)
  • 1958 – Cheryl Chase, American voice actress and singer
  • 1958 – Hanford Dixon, American football player, coach, and sportscaster
  • 1958 – Rickey Henderson, American baseball player and coach
  • 1952 – C. C. H. Pounder, Guyanese-American actress
  • 1950 – Karl Rove, American political strategist and activist
  • 1949 – Sissy Spacek, American actress
  • 1948 – Barbara Mandrell, American singer-songwriter and actress
  • 1948 – Kay Hymowitz, American sociologist and writer
  • 1946 – Gene Lamont, American baseball player and manager
  • 1946 – Jimmy Buffett, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer, and actor
  • 1946 – Larry Csonka, American football player and sportscaster
  • 1945 – Ken Stabler, American football player and sportscaster (d. 2015)
  • 1945 – Rick Berman, American screenwriter and producer
  • 1942 – Barry Goldberg, American keyboard player, songwriter, and producer
  • 1939 – Bob James, American keyboard player, songwriter, and producer
  • 1938 – Duane Armstrong, American painter
  • 1937 – O'Kelly Isley Jr., American R&B/soul singer-songwriter (d. 1986)
  • 1935 – Jeanne Hopkins Lucas, American educator and politician (d. 2007)
  • 1935 – Stephen Barnett, American scholar and academic (d. 2009)
  • 1932 – Mabel King, American actress and singer (d. 1999)
  • 1930 – Emmanuel Agassi, Iranian-American boxer and coach
  • 1929 – China Machado, Chinese-born Portuguese-American fashion model, editor and television producer (d. 2016)
  • 1929 – Christine M. Jones, American educator and politician (d. 2013)
  • 1928 – Dick Miller, American actor, director, and screenwriter
  • 1927 – Leo Kubiak, American basketball and baseball player
  • 1927 – Nellie Fox, American baseball player and coach (d. 1975)
  • 1925 – Carlos Castaneda, Peruvian-American anthropologist and author (d. 1998)
  • 1925 – Ned Garver, American baseball player (d. 2017)
  • 1924 – Rod Serling, American screenwriter and producer, created The Twilight Zone (d. 1975)
  • 1923 – Louis Lane, American conductor and educator (d. 2016)
  • 1923 – René Girard, French-American historian, philosopher, and critic (d. 2015)
  • 1922 – William Demby, American author (d. 2013)
  • 1919 – Paul David, Canadian cardiologist and politician, founded the Montreal Heart Institute (d. 1999)
  • 1915 – Pete Rugolo, Italian-American composer and producer (d. 2011)
  • 1914 – Oscar Lewis, American anthropologist of Latin America (d. 1970)
  • 1913 – Candy Candido, American singer, bass player, and voice actor (d. 1999)
  • 1913 – Tony Martin, American singer (d. 2012)
  • 1911 – Louise Bourgeois, French-American sculptor and painter (d. 2010)
  • 1909 – Zora Arkus-Duntov, Belgian-American engineer (d. 1996)
  • 1908 – Ernest L. Massad, American general (d. 1993)
  • 1908 – Jo-Jo Moore, American baseball player (d. 2001)
  • 1907 – Cab Calloway, American singer-songwriter and bandleader (d. 1994)
  • 1907 – Glenn McCarthy, American businessman, founded the Shamrock Hotel (d. 1988)
  • 1907 – Mike Mazurki, Ukrainian-American wrestler and actor (d. 1990)
  • 1902 – Barton MacLane, American actor, playwright, and screenwriter (d. 1969)
  • 1902 – William Bell, American tuba player and educator (d. 1971)
  • 1899 – Humphrey Bogart, American actor (d. 1957)
  • 1890 – Robert Ripley, American anthropologist and publisher (d. 1949)
  • 1889 – Lila Bell Wallace, American publisher and philanthropist, co-founded Reader's Digest (d. 1984)
  • 1887 – Conrad Hilton, American entrepreneur (d. 1979)
  • 1886 – Kid Ory, American trombonist and bandleader (d. 1973)
  • 1884 – Evelyn Nesbit, American model and actress (d. 1967)
  • 1884 – Samuel Berger, American boxer (d. 1925)
  • 1878 – Joseph M. Schenck, Russian-American film producer (d. 1961)
  • 1878 – Louis Chevrolet, Swiss-American race car driver and businessman, co-founded Chevrolet (d. 1941)
  • 1873 – Otto Frederick Hunziker, Swiss-American agriculturalist and educator (d. 1959)
  • 1870 – Helena Rubinstein, Polish-American businesswoman and philanthropist (d. 1965)
  • 1869 – Charles Finger, English-American journalist and author (d. 1941)
  • 1856 – Pud Galvin, American baseball player and manager (d. 1902)
  • 1829 – Patrick Gilmore, Irish-American composer and bandleader (d. 1892)
  • 1825 – Stephen F. Chadwick, American lawyer and politician, 5th Governor of Oregon (d. 1895)
  • 1821 – Clara Barton, American nurse and humanitarian, founded the American Red Cross (d. 1912)
  • 1810 – L. L. Langstroth, American apiarist, clergyman and teacher (d. 1895)
  • 1757 – Benjamin Pierce, American general and politician, 17th Governor of New Hampshire (d. 1839)
  • 1730 – Philip Mazzei, Italian-American physician and philosopher (d. 1816)

Deaths

  • 2016 – Vera Rubin, American astronomer (b. 1928)
  • 2015 – Dorothy M. Murdock, American author and historian (b. 1961)
  • 2015 – George Clayton Johnson, American author and screenwriter (b. 1929)
  • 2013 – Anthony J. Bryant, American historian and author (b. 1961)
  • 2013 – Mike Hegan, American baseball player and sportscaster (b. 1942)
  • 2012 – Joe Krivak, American football player and coach (b. 1935)
  • 2011 – Jim Sherwood, American saxophonist (b. 1942)
  • 2011 – Simms Taback, American author and illustrator (b. 1932)
  • 2009 – Vic Chesnutt, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1964)
  • 2008 – Eartha Kitt, American singer and actress (b. 1927)
  • 2007 – Jim Beauchamp, American baseball player and coach (b. 1939)
  • 2006 – James Brown, American singer-songwriter (b. 1933)
  • 2003 – Nicholas Mavroules, American politician (b. 1929)
  • 2000 – Willard Van Orman Quine, American philosopher and academic (b. 1908)
  • 1997 – Denver Pyle, American actor (b. 1920)
  • 1995 – Dean Martin, American singer and actor (b. 1917)
  • 1992 – Monica Dickens, British-American nurse and author (b. 1915)
  • 1991 – Wilbur Snyder, American football player and wrestler (b. 1929)
  • 1989 – Benny Binion, American poker player and businessman (b. 1904)
  • 1989 – Betty Garde, American actress (b. 1905)
  • 1989 – Billy Martin, American baseball player and manager (b. 1928)
  • 1989 – Elena Ceaușescu, Romanian politician, First Lady of Romania (b. 1916)
  • 1989 – Frederick F. Houser, American judge and politician, 34th Lieutenant Governor of California (b. 1905)
  • 1989 – Robert Pirosh, American director and screenwriter (b. 1910)
  • 1979 – Joan Blondell, American actress and singer (b. 1906)
  • 1975 – Gaston Gallimard, French publisher, founded Éditions Gallimard (b. 1881)
  • 1961 – Otto Loewi, German-American pharmacologist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1873)
  • 1961 – Owen Brewster, American captain, lawyer, and politician, 54th Governor of Maine (b. 1888)
  • 1957 – Charles Pathé, French record producer, founded Pathé Records (b. 1863)
  • 1953 – Patsy Donovan, Irish-American baseball player and manager (b. 1865)
  • 1952 – Margrethe Mather, American photographer (b. 1886)
  • 1949 – Leon Schlesinger, American animator and producer, founded Warner Bros. Cartoons (b. 1884)
  • 1947 – Gaspar G. Bacon, American lawyer and politician, 51st Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts (b. 1886)
  • 1946 – W. C. Fields, American actor, comedian, juggler, and screenwriter (b. 1880)
  • 1941 – Richard S. Aldrich, American lawyer and politician (b. 1884)
  • 1940 – Agnes Ayres, American actress (b. 1898)
  • 1928 – Miles Burke, American boxer (b. 1885)
  • 1916 – Albert Chmielowski, Polish saint, founded the Albertine Brothers (b. 1845)
  • 1868 – Linus Yale, Jr., American engineer and businessman (b. 1821)
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