0871 - England's King Alfred defeated the Danes at the Battle
1205 - Philip of Swabia was crowned as King of the Romans.
1453 - Frederick III erected Austria into an Archduchy.
1540 - King Henry VIII of England was married to Anne of Cleves,
his fourth wife.
1720 - The Committee of Inquiry on the South Sea Bubble published
1759 - George Washington and Martha Dandridge Custis were married.
1838 - Samuel Morse publicly demonstrated the telegraph for the first time.
1896 - The first American women’s six-day bicycle race was held at
Madison Square Garden in New York City.
1900 - In India, it was reported that millions of people were dying
1900 - Off of South Africa, the British seized the German steamer
Herzog. The boat was released on January 22, 1900.
1912 - New Mexico became the 47th U.S. state.
1930 - The first diesel-engine automobile trip was completed after
a run of 792 miles from Indianapolis, IN, to New York City,
1931 - Thomas Edison executed his last patent application.
1941 - Richard Widmark made his debut on radio in "The Home of the
1941 - Alice Marble made her professional tennis debut when she
defeated Ruth Hardwick of Great Britain at Madison Square
Garden in New York City.
1942 - The first commercial around-the-world airline flight took
place. Pan American Airlines was the company that made history
with the feat.
1942 - The National Collegiate Football Rules Committee abolished
the Y formation.
1945 - The Battle of the Bulge ended with 130,000 German and 77,000
1950 - Britain recognized the Communist government of China.
1952 - "Peanuts" debuted in Sunday papers across the United States.
1963 - "Wild Kingdom" premiered on NBC.
1967 - U.S. and South Vietnamese forces launched a major offensive,
known as Operation "Deckhouse V", in the Mekong River delta.
1974 - CBS radio debuted "Radio Mystery Theatre."
1975 - ABC-TV debuted "A.M. America."
1982 - William G. Bonin was convicted in Los Angeles, CA, of being
the "freeway killer" who had murdered 14 young men and boys.
1987 - After a 29-year lapse, the Ford Thunderbird was presented
with the Motor Trend Car of the Year Award. It was the first
occurrence of a repeat winner of the award.
1994 - Figure skater Nancy Kerrigan was clubbed on the right leg by
an assailant at Cobo Arena in Detroit, MI. Four men were
later sentenced to prison for the attack, including Tonya
1998 - The spacecraft Lunar Prospect was launched into orbit around
the moon. The craft was crashed into the moon, in an effort
to find water under the lunar surface, on July 31, 1999.
1999 - The 106th U.S. Congress opened. The first item on the agenda
was the impeachment proceedings of U.S. President Bill Clinton.
The trial was set to begin January 7, 1999.
1999 - Bob Newhart received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
2004 - In the United Arab Emirates, construction began on the Burj Khalifa skyscraper. Upon completion it was the world's largest building.