Begining of Las Posadas - the nine day novena celebrating Mary and Joesph's search for lodging for the birth of the Christ child.
Russian painter Wassily Kandinsky born in Moscow.
Composer Ludwig van Beethoven born in Bonn, Germany.
Boston Tea Party takes place in Boston harbor when members of the Sons of Liberty dressed as Mohawk Indians dump large amounts of tea into the harbor.
Spanish poet and philosopher George Santayana born in Avila, Spain.
English playwright, composer and actor Sir Noel Coward born in Teddington, Middlesex, England.
Writer and humorist Ambrose Bierce (The Devil's Dictionary) arrived in Mexico to join Pancho Villa's revolutionary army.
He was never heard from again.
Gregory Rasputin, the mystic monk who had wielded powerful influence over the Romanov Russian court, was murdered by a group of noblemen.
SciFi writer Arthur C Clarke (2001: A Space Odyssey) born in Minehead, Somerset, England.
SciFi writer Philip K. Dick (Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep) born in Chicago.
Theodore Cole and Ralph Roe attempt to escape from the federal prison on Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay.
They are never seen again.
Norwegian actress Liv Ullmann (Cries and Whispers) born in Tokyo, Japan.
Sportswriter Frank Deford born in Baltimore, Maryland.
Guitarist, songwriter Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top) born in Houston, Texas.
Comedian Bill Hicks born Valdosta, Gerogia.
Don McLean’s eight-minute-plus (8:32) version of American Pie was released.
Saturday Night Fever opens in theaters.
Today from Chamber's Book of Days
French Republican Calendar
Frimaire 26 Pignon