1033 (Earthquake) Ramala (West Bank)
1478 – Arte dell’Abbaco (‘The Art of the Abacus’), the first teaching math book, was printed and distributed in Treviso, Italy. Author unknown.
1845 – British engineer Robert Thompson patented the first pneumatic (air pressured) tires.
1869 – Montana granted women the right to vote.
1899 – George Safford Parker was issued a US patent (#635,700) on his improved fountain pen.
1901 – The first Nobel Prizes were awarded. President Theodore ‘Teddy’ Roosevelt became the first person to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
1948 – The United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration on Human Rights.
1955 – The Mighty Mouse Playhouse began a long-standing “Saturday Morning Cartoon’ tradition on ABC.
1963 – Frank Sinatra Jr. was kidnapped, then released after $250,000 ransom was paid. The kidnappers were all caught a few days later.
1964 – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. received the Nobel Peace Prize.
1965 – The Grateful Dead played their first concert, at the Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco.
1966 – #1 Hit December 10, 1966 – December 30, 1966: The Beach Boys – Good Vibrations
1967 – Otis Redding and members of the Bar-Kays were killed in a Wisconsin plane crash.
1982 – 48 HRS, Ghandi, Airplane II: The Sequel, The Toy, The Verdict and Sophie’s Choice debuted in theaters.
1983 – #1 Hit December 10, 1983 – January 20, 1984: Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson – Say, Say, Say
1984 – South African Bishop Desmond Tutu received the Nobel Peace Prize.
1987 – Based on the comic books, The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon premiered, in syndication.
1994 – Advertising executive Thomas Mosser of North Caldwell, NJ, was killed by a mail bomb sent by the Unabomber.
1994 – Palestinian Yasser Arafat, and Isrealis Shimon Peres and Yitzhak Rabin received the Nobel Peace Prize.
1999 – The Green Mile and Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo were released in theaters.
2009 – Avatar, the biggest grossing film of all time, was released in theaters.
2010 – The Tourist, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader and The Fighter were released in theaters.