1914 – Irving Berlin’s musical “Watch your Step” premieres in NYC.
1923 – German-US friendship treaty signed.
1931 – Coaxial cable patented.
1940 – National Football League Championship, Griffith Stadium, Washington, D.C., Chicago Bears beat Washington Redskins, 73-0; most one-sided victory in NFL history; first NFL title game broadcast on national radio.
1941 – US and Britain declare war on Japan, US enters World war II.
1941 – US President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivers “Day of Infamy” speech to US Congress a day after the bombing of Pearl Harbor.
1949 – “On the Town”, the film adaptation of the Broadway musical, starring Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Ann Miller and Vera-Ellen, premieres.
1953 – Dwight D. Eisenhower gives his “Atoms for Peace” speech at the United Nations in New York.
1956 – Guy Mitchell’s “Singing the Blues” single goes #1 for 10 weeks.
1960 – Musical “Peter Pan”, starring Mary Martin broadcast, for a 3rd time, on NBC as a special event, videotaped in color for future rebroadcasts.
1963 – Pan Am Flight 214 crashes outside Elkton, Maryland with 81 killed.
1966 – A terrible New York Yankee trade, Roger Maris for St Louis Card’s Charlie Smith.
1977 – 43rd Heisman Trophy Award: Earl Campbell, Texas (RB)
1984 – Ringo Starr hosts “Saturday Night Live”; Herbie Hancock is the musical guest.
1993 – Dow Jones hits record 3734.53.
2007 – 73rd Heisman Trophy Award: Tim Tebow, Florida (QB)
2010 – With the second launch of the SpaceX Dragon, SpaceX becomes the first privately held company to successfully launch, orbit and recover a spacecraft.
2011 – The NBA and players union reach financial agreement to end a 161-day lockout, shortening the season by 16 games.
2020 The UK begins vaccinating for COVID-19 using the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine.