1848 – US President James K. Polk triggers Gold Rush of 1849 by confirming a gold discovery in California.
1893 – Electric car built at the Dixon Carriage works in Toronto, could go 15 miles between charges.
1908 – 1st US football uniform numerals used (University of Pittsburgh)
1920 – Pro football playoff game Akron & Buffalo 0-0 tie, title undecided.
1929 – 1st US nudist organization, the American League for Physical Culture in New York City.
1941 – Sister Elizabeth Kenny new treatment of infantile paralysis approved.
1945 – Flight 19 the “Lost Squadron” of 5 torpedo bombers and 14 airmen is lost east of Florida in the supposed Bermuda Triangle.
1955 – American Federation of Labor (AFL) and the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO) merge to form the AFL-CIO, with George Meany as President.
1955 – Historic bus boycott begins in Montgomery Alabama by Rosa Parks.
1967 – Pediatrician Benjamin Spock and poet Allen Ginsberg arrested in New York while protesting against the Vietnam War.
1970 – LA Rams Willie Ellison sets NFL record of 247 yards rushing.
1974 – NFL’s Seattle Seahawks forms.
1978 – Free agent Pete Rose signs 4-year, $32 million contract with Phillies becoming highest paid baseball player.
1985 – Dow Jones Industrial Average rose above 1500 level for 1st time.
1988 – Federal grand jury indicts The PTL Club founder and Christian evangelist Jim Bakker for fraud after he paid hush money to cover up an alleged rape.
1996 – Players union approves new collective bargaining agreement.
2006 – Audrey Hepbourn’s Givenchy little black shoes from film “Breakfast at Tuffany’s” auctioned for charity for record $923,187 at Christie’s, London.
2008 – Former NFL star O.J. Simpson is sentenced to 33 years in prison for kidnapping and armed robbery.
2017 – Russia is banned from the next Winter Olympics in South Korea over state-sponsored doping.
2019 – Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi, announces articles of Impeachment against US President Donald Trump will be drawn up to abuse of power.