1620 – The Mayflower reached Provincetown, Maine. The ship discharged the Pilgrims at Plymouth, Maine, December 26, 1620.
1783 – The first successful flight was made in a hot air balloon. The pilots, Francois Pilatre de Rosier and Francois Laurent, Marquis d’Arlandes, flew for 25 minutes and 5½ miles over Paris.
1871 – M.F. Galethe patented the cigar lighter.
1877 – Thomas A. Edison announced the invention of his phonograph.
1934 – The New York Yankees purchased the contract of Joe DiMaggio from San Francisco of the Pacific Coast League.
1942 – The Alaska Highway across Canada was formally opened.
1953 – British Natural History Museum authorities announced that “Piltdown Man” was a hoax.
1960 – George Harrison was deported from Germany for being too young to perform there with the Beatles.
1962 – U.S. President Kennedy terminated the quarantine measures against Cuba.
1963 – The Elvis Presley film “Fun in Acapulco” premiered.
1963 – U.S. President John F. Kennedy and his wife, Jacqueline, arrived in San Antonio, Texas. They were beginning an ill-fated, two-day tour of Texas that would end in Dallas.
1973 – U.S. President Richard Nixon’s attorney announced the presence of an 18½-minute gap in one of the White House tape recordings related to the Watergate case.
1980 – An estimated 83 million viewers tuned in to find out “who shot J.R.” on the tv show “Dallas”. Kristin was the character who fired the gun.
1980 – 87 people died in a fire at the MGM Grand Hotel-Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
1982 – The NFL resumed its season following a 57-day player’s strike.
1995 – The “Beatles Anthology I” set a first-day sales record, selling 450,000 units.