1520 – Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan reached the Pacific Ocean after passing through the South American strait. The strait was named after him. He was the first European to sail the Pacific from the east.
1919 – American-born Lady Astor was elected the first female member of the British Parliament.
1922 – Capt. Cyril Turner of the Royal Air Force gave the first public exhibition of skywriting. He spelled out, “Hello USA. Call Vanderbilt 7200” over New York’s Times Square.
1925 – The Grand Ole Opry made its radio debut on station WSM.
1929 – Ernie Nevers of the St. Louis Cardinals became the first professional football player to score six touchdowns in a single game.
1944 – The MGM movie musical “Meet Me in St. Louis,” starring Judy Garland opened in New York. The movie included the song “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”, sung by Judy Garland. (Image: homesecurity.press)
1953 – New York City began 11 days without newspapers due to a strike of photoengravers.
* 1963 – U.S. President Johnson announced that Cape Canaveral would be renamed Cape Kennedy in honour of his assassinated predecessor. The name was changed back to Cape Canaveral in 1973 by a vote of residents.
2010 – WikiLeaks released to the public more than 250,000 U.S. diplomatic cables. About 100,000 were marked “secret” or “confidential”.