1874 – 1st cartoon depicting elephant as Republican Party symbol, by Thomas Nast.
1876 – Edward Bouchet is 1st African American to receive a Ph.D from a US college (Yale)
1910 – The first air freight shipment (from Dayton, Ohio to Columbus, Ohio) is undertaken by the Wright Brothers and department store owner Max Moorhouse.
1918 – Robert Goddard demonstrates tube-launched solid propellant rockets.
1929 – Museum of Modern Art opens in Hecksher Building in New York.
1933 – Pennsylvania voters overturn blue law, by permitting Sunday sports.
1944 – Franklin D. Roosevelt is re-elected President of the United States for a record fourth term, defeating Republican candidate Thomas E.. Dewey.
1955 – Supreme Court of Baltimore bans segregation in public recreational areas.
1962 – Richard Nixon tells press he won’t be available to kick around any more after losing election for Governor of California.
1964 – NL keeps Braves in Milwaukee in 1965, may move to Atlanta in 1966.
1972 – Attorney Joe Biden is elected to the US Senate, representing the state of Delaware after defeating longtime incumbent J. Calib Boggs by just over 3,000 votes; Biden would win re-election 6 times.
1976 – “Gone With The Wind”, 1939 Oscar-winning film epic starring Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable, makes broadcast television debut on NBC, aired in two parts over consecutive nights; earns a then record 65% share of TV viewers.
1983 – Bomb explodes in US Capitol, causing heavy damage but no injuries.
1991 – Magic Johnson announces he has HIV virus & retires from LA Lakers.
2000 – Controversial US presidential election between George W. Bush and Al Gore is inconclusive, the result, in Bush’s favor is eventually resolved by the Supreme Court.
2007 – 41st Country Music Association Award: Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood & Brad Paisley wins.
2012 – Voters in Maine, Maryland and Washington approve measures for same-sex marriage.
2017 – South Korean golfer Park Sung-hyun becomes the first LPGA rookie to be ranked no.1.
2020 – Former Vice-President Joe Biden declared the winner of the US Presidential race, four days after the US election, defeating sitting President Donald Trump. Kamala Harris makes US history as the 1st woman and 1st woman of color to be elected to the vice presidency.
2021 – Kyle Larson holds off Martin Truex Jr. in the NASCAR Cup Series Championship Race at Phoenix Raceway to earn his 10th win of the season and claim his first Cup Series championship.