116 – Emperor Trajan sends laureatae to the Roman Senate at Rome on account of his victories and being conqueror of Parthia.
1646 – Battle of Torrington, Devon – the last major battle of the first English Civil War.
1699 – First Leopoldine Diploma is issued by the Holy Roman Emperor, recognizing the Greek Catholic clergy enjoyed the same privileges as Roman Catholic priests in the Principality of Transylvania.
1741 – Benjamin Franklin published America’s second magazine, “The General Magazine and Historical Chronicle”
1852 – Studebaker Brothers wagon company, precursor of the automobile manufacturer, is established.
1857 – The National Deaf Mute College was incorporated in Washington, DC. It was the first school in the world for advanced education of the deaf. The school was later renamed Gallaudet College.
1874 – Silver Dollar becomes legal US tender.
1881 – The Canadian Pacific Railway is incorporated by Act of Parliament at Ottawa
1883 – “Ladies Home Journal” began publication.
1914 – The first airplane flight between Los Angeles and San Francisco took place.
1918 – The Council of Lithuania unanimously adopts the Act of Independence, declaring Lithuania an independent state.
1934 – The Austrian Civil War ends with the defeat of the Social Democrats and the Republikanischer Schutzbund.
1937 – Wallace H. Carothers received a patent for nylon. Carothers was a research chemist for Du Pont.
1945 – World War II: American forces land on Corregidor Island in the Philippines.
1959 – Fidel Castro becomes Premier of Cuba after dictator Fulgencio Batista was overthrown on January 1.
1960 – The U.S. Navy submarine USS Triton begins Operation Sandblast, setting sail from New London, Connecticut, to begin the first submerged circumnavigation of the globe
2005 – The Kyoto Protocol comes into force, following its ratification by Russia.
2013 – A bomb blast at a market in Hazara Town in Quetta, Pakistan kills more than 80 people and injures 190 others