1748 – The first Lutheran denomination in North America, the Pennsylvania Ministerium, was founded in Philadelphia.
1768 – Captain James Cook set sail from England on board HMS Endeavour.
1789 – The Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen was approved by the National Constituent Assembly of France.
1791 – John Fitch was granted a United States patent for the steamboat.
1920 – The 19th amendment to United States Constitution took effect and gave women the right to vote.
1964 – The Kinks “You Really Got Me” was released in the U.S.
1968 – The first Beatles single on their own Apple Records was released in the U.S. The single was “Hey Jude” b/w “Revolution.”
1967 – Jimi Hendrix’s “Purple Haze” was released as the opening track on the U.S. release of “Are You Experienced.”
1970 – The fiftieth anniversary of American women being able to vote was marked by a nationwide Women’s Strike for Equality.
1970 – An official opening party was held at Jimi Hendrix’s Electric Lady Studio in New York City.
1980 – After John Birges planted a bomb at Harvey’s Resort Hotel in Stateline, Nevada, the FBI inadvertently detonated the bomb during its disarming.
1983 – The film “Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence” premiered in the United States. The movie starred David Bowie.
1987 – Sonny Bono announced that he was running for mayor of Palm Springs, CA. He won the election.
1998 – The first flight of the Air Force Delta III ended in disaster 75 seconds after liftoff resulting in the loss of the Galaxy X satellite.
2003 – A Beechcraft 1900 operating as Colgan Air Flight 9446 crashed after taking off from Barnstable Municipal Airport in Yarmouth, Massachusetts, killing both pilots on board.
2009 – Kidnapping victim Jaycee Dugard was discovered alive in California after being missing for over 18 years. Her captors, Phillip and Nancy Garrido, were apprehended.
2011 – The Boeing 787 Dreamliner, Boeing’s all-new composite airliner, received certification from the EASA and the FAA.
2015 – Two U.S. journalists were shot and killed by a disgruntled former coworker while conducting a live report in Moneta, Virginia.
2018 – Three people were killed and eleven wounded during a mass shooting at a Madden NFL ’19 video game tournament in Jacksonville, Florida.
2021 – During the 2021 Kabul airport attack, 13 US military personnel and at least 169 Afghan civilians were killed.
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