Saint Lucy's Day
Poet, playwright, essayist, moralist, literary critic, biographer, editor, and lexicographer Dr. Samuel Johnson dies at the age of 75 in London England.
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 river, 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.
Former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein captured near his home town of Tikrit.