1034: Death of Malcolm II, King of Scots.
1500: Governor De Bobadilla of Santo Domingo captures Christopher Columbus.
1741: Elizabeth of Russia seizes power in a coup with the aid of Imperial Russian guards in Saint Petersburg.
1758: Britain captures Fort Duquesne in Pittsburgh from the French.
1783: Britain evacuates New York city, its last military position in the United States.
1867: A US Congress commission looks into “impeachment” of President Andrew Johnson.
1897: Spain grants Puerto Rico autonomy.
1922: Crown Prince Hirohito becomes Regent of Japan in his ailing father’s stead.
1938: Lavrentiy Beria succeeds Nikolai Yezhov as the head of the Soviet secret police, NKVD, after Yezhov is executed on Stalin’s orders.
1940: Debut of Woody Woodpecker in Walter Lantz’s cartoon “Knock Knock”.
1944: A German V-2 rocket hits a Woolworth’s store in Deptford, killing 160 shoppers.
1950: The UN gives Eritrea to Ethiopia.
1953: Hungary beats the England football team 6-3 at Wembley.
1955: Clement Attlee resigns as leader of the Labour Party.
- Rock Around The Clock – Bill Haley and his Comets
- Love Is A Many Splendored Thing – The Four Aces
- Hernando’s Hideaway – The Johnston Brothers
- Let’s Have A Ding Dong – Winifred Atwell
- The Man From Laramie – Jimmy Young
- Hey There – Rosemary Clooney
- The Yellow Rose Of Texas – Mitch Miller
- Hey There – Johnnie Ray
- Ain’t That A Shame – Pat Boone
- Twenty Tiny Fingers – The Stargazers
1957: US President Dwight Eisenhower suffers a mild stroke, impairing his speech.
1962: Album chart:
- On Stage With The George Mitchell Minstrels – The George Mitchell Minstrels
- Out Of The Shadows – The Shadows
- The Black And White Minstrel Show – The George Mitchell Minstrels
- West Side Story – Original Soundtrack
- Bobby Vee Meets The Crickets – Bobby Vee and The Crickets
- Golden Age Of Donegan – Lonnie Donegan
- A Picture Of You – Joe Brown
- Best Of Ball, Barber and Bilk – Kenny Ball, Chris Barber and Acker Bilk
- South Pacific – Original Soundtrack
- 32 Minutes And 17 Seconds – Cliff Richard
1963: The funeral of President John F Kennedy takes place in Washington.
1969: John Lennon returns his MBE to The Queen on the grounds of the UK’s involvement in the Nigeria Biafra war, America in Vietnam, and against his latest single ‘Cold Turkey’ slipping down the charts.
1970: In Japan, author Yukio Mishima and two compatriots commit ritualistic suicide after an unsuccessful coup.
1973: The Greek Government is toppled by the country’s armed forces after weeks of unrest. On the same day, The Boston Strangler, Albert DeSalvo, is stabbed to death in prison aged 42.
1974: Singer-songwriter Nick Drake dies in his sleep aged 26 of an overdose of tryptasol, an anti-depressant. On the same day, U Thant, former secretary general of the UN dies aged 65.
1975: A loyalist gang nicknamed the “Shankill Butchers” undertakes its first “cut-throat killing”; the gang was named for its late-night kidnapping, torture and murder (by throat slashing) of random Catholic civilians in Belfast.
1976: The Band make their final performance at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco. The concert was filmed by Martin Scorsese for the fim “The Last Waltz”. On the same day, Viking 1’s radio signals from Mars help prove the general theory of relativity.
1980: Sugar Ray Leonard regains the WBC welterweight boxing crown when Roberto Durán quits in the 8th round of the infamous “no mas” fight at the Superdome, New Orleans.
1981: The inquiry into the Brixton riots in April blames serious social and economic problems affecting Britain’s cities.
1983: Larry Holmes TKOs Marvis Frazier in Round 1 for the heavyweight boxing title.
1984: The cream of the British pop world including Bono, George Michael, Boy George, Paul Young and Sting gathered at S.A.R.M. Studios, London, to record the historic Do They Know It’s Christmas? as Band Aid.
1986: The Iran-Contra affair erupts as President Reagan reveals secret arms deal and Col Oliver North’s secretary, Fawn Hall, smuggles documents out of his office.
1987: Supertyphoon Nina pummels the Philippines with category 5 winds of 165 mph and a surge that swallows entire villages. at least 1,036 deaths are attributed to the storm.
1990: Lech Walesa wins Poland’s first popular election.
1991: Winston Silcott is cleared of the 1985 murder of PC Keith Blakelock during a riot on the Broadwater Farm Estate in Tottenham.
1998: The government of Turkey collapses after losing a no-confidence motion over corruption allegations.
2000: Australia beats New Zealand 40-12 in the Rugby League World Cup.
2003: Singer Glen Campbell is arrested in Phoenix Arizona with a blood alcohol level of .20 after his BMW struck a Toyota Camry. He is charged with ‘extreme’ drunk driving, hit and run, and assaulting a police officer. On the same day, Meat Loaf undergoes heart surgery in a London hospital.
2005: Polish Minister of National Defence Radek Sikorski opens Warsaw Pact archives to historians showing maps of possible nuclear strikes against Western Europe by Soviet-controlled forces. On the same day, legendary footballer George Best dies aged 59.
2014: Switzerland’s Bern Art Museum agrees to accept artworks looted from their Jewish owners by the Nazis. On the same day, protests erupt across the US after a decision by a Missouri grand jury not to bring charges against a white policeman who shot dead a black teenager. Missouri Governor Jay Nixon orders hundreds of National Guard troops to the town of Ferguson to prevent a second night of rioting and looting.
2016: Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro dies aged 90.
2017: The longest known frozen embryo to be successfully born is delivered in Tennessee after 24 years.
2018: EU leaders approve an agreement for Britain to leave the European Union.
2019: Singer songwriter Iain Sutherland, co-writer of the song Sailing dies.
2020: US President Donald Trump pardons former national security advisor Michael Flynn, who had been found guilty of lying to the FBI.
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