Charles Dickens published his story A Christmas Carol..
Battle of Fredericksburg begins.
With the Confederate forces safe within the small city of Fredericksburg, Virginia, the Union commander, Gen. Ambrose Burnside, orders a series of attacks across the Rappahannock, which led to devastating Federal losses.
Poet Kenneth Patchen born in Niles, Ohio.
George Gershwin's An American in Paris is first performed in Carnegie Hall.
The last humans to set foot on the Moon to date, Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt begin their final moonwalk on Apollo 17.
JLC born in Springfield, Missouri.
Today from Chamber's Book of Days
French Republican Calendar
Frimaire 23 Roseau