This Day In History
In the Battle of Trenton, the Continental Army attacks and successfully defeats a garrison of Hessian mercenaries.
Four thousand people attend George Washington's funeral, at which Henry Lee calls him "first in war, first in peace and first in the hearts of his countrymen."
Four nuns serving as volunteer nurses on board USS Red Rover are the first female nurses on a U.S. Navy hospital ship.
Gilbert and Sullivan collaborate for the first time, on their lost opera, Thespis. It does modestly well, but the two would not collaborate again for four years.
FM radio is patented.
Time's Man of the Year is for the first time a non-human, the personal computer.
Robert Bolling, English settler in Virginia (d. 1709)
Thomas Gray, English poet, letter-writer, classical scholar and professor (d. 1771)
Mary Fairfax Somerville, Scottish science writer and polymath (d. 1872)
Charles Babbage, English mathematician and inventor (d. 1871)
Henry Miller, American writer (d. 1980)
Richard Widmark, American actor (d. 2008)
Phil Spector, American music producer
Ozzie Smith, American baseball player
Sofia Bekatorou, Greek yacht racer