Aunt Mary Parsons
This Day In History
The Vatican opens seven year trial of scholar Giordano Bruno.
Gunpowder Plot: The trial of Guy Fawkes and other conspirators begins, ending with their execution on January 31.
The University of Georgia is founded, the first public university in the United States.
The National Geographic Society is founded in Washington, D.C.
First flight of the Lockheed P-38 Lightning.
The Red Army liberates the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp built by the Nazi Germans on the territory of Poland.
The United States, United Kingdom, and Soviet Union sign the Outer Space Treaty in Washington, D.C., banning deployment of nuclear weapons in space, and limiting use of the Moon and other celestial bodies to peaceful purposes.
Western Union discontinues its Telegram and Commercial Messaging services.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Austrian composer (d. 1791)
Lewis Carroll, English author (d. 1898)
Edward J. Smith, English captain of the RMS Titanic (d. 1912)
Emperor Wilhelm II of Germany (d. 1941)
Jerome Kern, American composer (d. 1945)
Hyman Rickover, American admiral (d. 1986)
Donna Reed, American actress (d. 1986)
Mikhail Baryshnikov, Russian ballet dancer
John G. Roberts, American jurist and the 17th Chief Justice of the United States
Frank Miller, American comic book author and film director
Alan Cumming, Scottish actor
Ole Einar Bjørndalen, Nordic biathlete