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1882 – 1st string of Christmas tree lights created by Thomas Edison.

1910 – US postal savings stamps 1st issued.

1919 – US deports 250 alien radicals, including anarchist Emma Goldman.

1932 – “The Mummy” directed by Karl Freund and starring Boris Karloff, is released in the US – 1st Mummy horror film.

1937 – Lincoln Tunnel, under the Hudson River, opens to traffic, connecting Weehawken, New Jersey to Midtown Manhattan, New York City.

1941 – Winston Churchill arrives in Washington, D.C. for a wartime conference.

1953 – Jack Dunn III, owner of Baltimore Orioles in the International League, turns name over to newly relocated St Louis Browns.

1958 – “Chipmunk Song” reaches #1.

1962 – Harris County voters approve all-weather stadium for Houston Colt .45s.

1963 – Official 30-day mourning period for President John F. Kennedy ends.

1969 – Pete Maravich sets an NCAA record of hitting 30 to 31 foul shots.

1973 – OPEC Gulf Six decides to raise the posted price of marker crude from $5.12 to $11.65 per barrel effective January 1, 1974.

1980 – President-elect Ronald Reagan appoints Jeanne Kirkpatrick (UN Ambassador) & James Watt (Secretary of the Interior)

1988 – 2 robbers wearing police uniforms rob an armored truck of $3 million in New Jersey.

1995 – David Cone signs a $19.5 million 3 year contract with NY Yankees.

1997 – Merck baldness pill for men approved by FDA.

2001 – Richard Reid attempts to destroy a passenger airliner by igniting explosives hidden in his shoes aboard American Airlines Flight 63.

2010 – Repeal of the “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy”, a 17-year-old policy banning homosexuals serving openly in the US military, signed into law by President Barack Obama.

2018 – Partial shutdown of US federal government begins.

2019 – New Orleans wide receiver Michael Thomas sets NFL record for most catches in a season with his 144th as Saints beat Tennessee 38-28; breaks 17-year old record held by Marvin Harrison (143)