Begining of Las Posadas - the nine day novena celebrating Mary and Joesph's search for lodging for the birth of the Christ child.
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.
Russian painter Wassily Kandinsky born in Moscow.
English playwright, composer and actor Sir Noel Coward born in Teddington, Middlesex, England.
Artist Remedios Varo born in Mexico City, Mexico.
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, Illinois.
Theodore Cole and Ralph Roe attempt to escape from the federal prison on Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay.
They are never seen again.
Sportswriter Frank Deford born in Baltimore, Maryland.