Kim Green was born.
1848 - Gold was first discovered in California, in Sutter's Mill. When President Polk announced the news later in December, the gold rush began.
Mara Brady was born.
Ed Mills was born.
Lidice Kathia was born.
Fran Redden was born.
1890 - Nellie Bly bested Jules Verne's Around the World in 80 Days by completing her circumnavigation in 72 days.
Diana Cinicola was born
1979 - Former Vice President Nelson Rockefeller died in New York at age 70.
1988 - Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera opened on Broadway. It would go on to become the longest-running Broadway show.
Christopher Gill was born.
Patricia Hannan was born.
Ruth Graves was born.
Chris Cori was born.
1945 - The Russians liberated Auschwitz concentration camp, where the Nazis had killed over 1.5 million people, including over 1 million Jews.
1951 - The U.S. Air Force started nuclear testing in the Nevada desert.
Esther Grillo was born.
1915 - Congress passed legislation creating the U.S. Coast Guard.
1986 - U.S. space shuttle Challenger exploded 72 seconds after liftoff, killing all seven crew members aboard, including school teacher Christa McAuliffe.
1886 - Karl Benz received a patent for the first successful gasoline-driven car.
1936 - Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Christy Mathewson, and Walter Johnson were the first players elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.
Terence Moriarty was born.
Flavia Oliveira was born.
1948 - Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated.
1972 - British troops opened fire on civil rights marchers in Northern Ireland, sparking the "Bloody Sunday" massacre.BLOG COMMENTS POWERED BY DISQUS