Begining of Las Posadas - the nine day novena celebrating Mary and Joesph's search for lodging for the birth of the Christ child.
Catherine of Aragon, queen consort and first wife of Henry VIII, born in Archiepiscopal Palace of Alcalá de Henares, Alcalá de Henares, Castile.
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.
Novelist Jane Austen (Pride and Prejudice) born in Steventon Rectory, Hampshire, England.
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.
V. S. Pritchett, short story writer and critic, born in Suffolk, 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.
Actress Thelma Todd found dead from carbon monoxide poisoning in a car parked and running inside a garage.
Theodore Cole and Ralph Roe attempt to escape from the federal prison on Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay.
They are never heard from 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.