1775 – During the American Revolution, U.S. forces captured Montreal.
1789 – Benjamin Franklin wrote a letter to a friend in which he said, “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes”.
1805 – Johann George Lehner, a Viennese butcher, invented a recipe and called it the “frankfurter”.
1927 – The Holland Tunnel opened to the public, providing access between New York City and New Jersey beneath the Hudson River.
1940 – The Walt Disney movie ‘Fantasia’ had its world premiere at New York’s Broadway Theater.
1956 – The U.S. Supreme Court struck down laws calling for racial segregation on public buses. (Image: Rosa Parks on Montgomery Bus Nicholas C. Chriss, a UPI reporter on December 21, 1956, the day Montgomery’s public transportation system was legally integrated)
1968 – The Beatles’ animated movie ‘Yellow Submarine’ premiered in North America.
1971 – The U.S. spacecraft Mariner 9 became the first spacecraft to orbit another planet, Mars.
1977 – The comic strip “Li’l Abner” by Al Capp appeared in newspapers for the last time.
1982 – The Vietnam Veterans Memorial was dedicated in Washington, DC.
1997 – The musical “The Lion King” opened.
2009 – NASA announced that water had been discovered on the moon.