1287 – St. Lucia’s Flood, Netherlands
1656 – Imitation pearls were first manufactured by a Frenchman, named Jacquin.
1852 – Cullen Whipple, of Providence, R.I., patented (# 9477) his “Mechanism for Pointing and Threading Screw-Blanks in the Same Machine.” Prior to that screws were generally made with a flat tip. His machine made them pointy.
1900 – Max Planck demonstrated that energy can exhibit characteristics of physical matter, in certain situations, introducing quantumn mechanics. Previously, energy was considered a form only in wavelengths.
1902 – The Commercial Pacific Cable Company laid the first Pacific telegraph cable, from San Francisco to Honolulu.
1911 – Norwegian Roald Amundsen became the first explorer to reach the South Pole.
1959 – #1 Hit December 14, 1959 – December 27, 1959: Guy Mitchell – Heartaches by the Number
1968 – #1 Hit December 14, 1968 – January 31, 1969: Marvin Gaye – I Heard It Through the Grapevine
1977 – Saturday Night Fever, starring John Travolta, opened in theaters.
1984 – Dune, Starman, 1984, A Passage to India and the Cotton Club debuted in theaters.
1986 – Voyager, the experimental aircraft piloted by Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager, took off from Edwards Air Force Base in California on the first non-stop, non-refueled flight around the world, in nine days.
1990 – Mermaids was released in theaters.
2001 – Vanilla Sky debuted in theaters.
2006 – King Kong debuted in theaters.
2007 – I Am Legend & Alvin and the Chipmunks debuted in theaters.
2012 – Adam Lanza entered the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, Connecticut, and shot 26 people, and then himself. 20 children were killed in the attack.
2012 – The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey was released in theaters.