This Day In History
Suleiman the Magnificent accepts the surrender of the surviving Knights of Rhodes, who are allowed to evacuate. They eventually settle on Malta and become known as the Knights of Malta.
The Louisiana Purchase is completed at a ceremony in New Orleans.
South Carolina becomes the first state to attempt to secede from the United States.
First battle of the American Volunteer Group, better known as the "Flying Tigers" in Kunming, China.
The popular Christmas film It's a Wonderful Life is first released in New York City.
The EBR-1 in Arco, Idaho becomes the first nuclear power plant to generate electricity. The electricity powered four light bulbs.
NeXT merges with Apple Computer, starting the path to Mac OS X.
Portrait of Suzanne Bloch (1904), by Pablo Picasso, is stolen from the São Paulo Museum of Art, along with O Lavrador de Café by Candido Portinari.
Pieter de Hooch, Dutch painter (d. 1684)
Harvey Firestone, American automobile pioneer (d. 1938)
Robert J. Van de Graaff, American physicist and inventor (d. 1967)
John Hillerman, American actor
John Spencer, American actor (d. 2005)
Jenny Agutter, English actress
Stephen Bicknell, British organ builder (d. 2007)
Iqbal Theba, Pakistani actor
Nicole de Boer, Canadian actress