Delaware becomes the first state to ratify the United States Constitution becoming the first state to join the Union.
Writer Willa Cather (My Antonía) born in Back Creek Valley, Virginia.
James Joyce gives a reading of his works at Sylvia Beach's book store Shakespeare & Co. in Paris.
Novelist John Kennedy Toole (A Confederacy of Dunces) born in New Orleans.
Pearl Harbor - A Day That Will Live In Infamy.
Singer Tom Waits born in Pomona, California.
Apollo 17, the last Apollo moon mission, launches.