1783 – Annapolis, Maryland, becomes US capital (until June 1784)
1897 – Pencil sharpener patented by J.L. Love.
1909 – Wright Brothers form million dollar corporation to manufacture airplanes.
1921 – US President Warren G. Harding signs Willis Campbell Act (anti-beer bill) forbidding doctors prescribing beer or liquor for medicinal purposes.
1923 – Cecil B. DeMille’s first version of “The Ten Commandments” premieres in the USA.
1936 – 1st issue of Life picture magazine created by Henry R Luce published.
1942 – US Coast Guard Woman’s Auxiliary (SPARS) authorized.
1944 – US 7th Army under General Alexander Patch conquers Straatsburg.
1945 – Most US wartime rationing of foods, including meat & butter, ends.
1954 – For the first time, the Dow Jones Industrial Averages closes above the peak it reached just before the 1929 crash.
1960 – Tiros 2, a weather satellite is launched.
1963 – JFK’s body lies in repose in the East Room of the White House.
1971 – Danny Murtaugh, manager of MLB world champions Pittsburgh Pirates, announces his retirement.
1981 – President Reagan vetoes House Joint Resolution 357 which called for further appropriations for fiscal year 1982.
1982 – FCC drops limits on duration & frequency of TV ads.
1989 – The “Bounty Bowl”: Philadelphia Eagles defeat Dallas Cowboys 27-0 at Thanksgiving in an ill-tempered game after which Cowboy coach Jimmy Johnson accuses Eagles coach Buddy Ryan of placing bounties on players.
1992 – 10,000,000 cellular telephones sold.
2008 – Economists at the University of Hawaii report that the state entered recession in the previous quarter based on the drop in tourist figures and growing unemployment, with 8,800 jobs expected to be cut in 2009.
2014 – Republicans condemn US President Obama’s use of executive powers to force through immigration reform.
2018 – Phil Mickelson claims $9m winner-take-all prize in dramatic matchplay golf duel with Tiger Woods, finishing under floodlights in Las Vegas; match goes to 22nd hole before Mickelson sinks 4-foot putt for rich victory.
2018 – US Federal Climate report finds climate change will reduce economy by 10% by 2100 with $141 billion cost from heat-related deaths, $118 billion from sea level rise.