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1902 – American League announces purchase of grounds for a stadium in New York.

1907 – First Christmas Seals sold at Wilmington, Delaware post office.

1925 – American League extends Ban Johnson’s contract to 1935 and raises to $40,000.

1934 – National Football League Championship, Polo Grounds, New York City: New York Giants defeat Chicago Bears 30-13.

1941 – First United States World War I bombing mission in Far East, Luzon, Philippines.

1941 – Adolph Hitler orders United States ships and those loyal to her to be torpedoed 3 days before declaring war on the US.

1953 – General Electric announces all Communist employees will be fired.

1965 – “A Charlie Brown Christmas”, the first Peanuts animated special, premiers on CBS.

1968 – In “The Mother of All Demos” Douglas Engelbart demonstrated the computer system NLS (on-Line System) to a live audience in San Francisco. Shown for the first time, the mouse, word processing, windows, hypertext links, video conferencing, real-time collaboration, and other modern computing concepts.

1973 – The National Football League’s St. Louis Cardinals’ Jim Bakken kicks 6 field goals vs. Atlanta Falcons.

1974 – Dow Jones index hits 970.01.

1975 – President Gerald Ford signs $2.3 billion New York City Seasonal Financing Act amid fiscal crisis in the city.

1983 – Counselor to Ronald Reagan, Edwin Meese, says people go to soup kitchens “because food is free & that it’s easier than paying for it.”

1984 – Los Angeles Rams running back Eric Dickerson rushes for 215 yards for a season record 2,105 yards.

1987 – Larry Bird ends streak of 59 consecutive free throws made.

1993 – Revival of Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe’s musical “My Fair Lady” opens at Virginia Theater in New York City. It runs for 165 performances.

2004 – Mary-Kate Olsen pledges that women sewing garments for her company in Bangladesh will be afforded legal maternity leave.

2008 – Governor of Illinois, Rod Blagojavich, is arrested by federal officials for a number of alleged crimes, including attempting to sell the United States Senate seat being vacated by President-elect Barack Obama.

2015 – Amazon’s best-selling book of the year is “Girl on a Train” by Paula Hawkins.

2018 – New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady breaks Peyton Manning’s record for most touchdown passes in NFL history. He moves to 582 with 3 TD passes during 34-33 defeat by Miami Dolphins. The record includes TDs thrown in regular season and postseason.

2018 – Winter storm hits southeast United States killing three, leaving hundreds of thousands without power, cancelling over 1,000 flights.

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