2006 Howard Stern The shock jock moves his show to Sirius Satellite Radio under a five-year, $500-million agreement.
2003 Iraq War White House spokesman Ari Fleischer on Iraqi weapons of mass destruction: "We know for a fact that there are weapons there."
1951 First X-rated film Life After Tomorrow opens in London.
1949 The new 7-inch 33 1/3 rpm micro-groove record format is announced by Columbia.
1861 Civil War Mississippi becomes the 2nd state to secede from the Union.
1811 First women's golf tournament held in Scotland.
1793 First manned free-balloon flight in North America French balloonist Jean Pierre Blanchard flies a hydrogen balloon to a height of 5,800 feet, traveling 15 miles in his 46-minute flight. The event was watched by Pres. George Washington.
1788 Connecticut becomes the 5th state.
1719 France declares war against Spain
1522 First Dutch Pope Adrian Dedel is elected assuming the name Adrian VI.
1951 Crystal Gayle (Brenda Gayle Webb), American Grammy-winning singer, sister of Loretta Lynn. Music: Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue (1977, Grammy), and Talking In Your Sleep (1978, #1).
1948 Bill Cowsill American singer, member of the singing family The Cowsills (They were the basis for TV's The Partridge Family). Music: The Rain The Park And Other Things (1967, #2).
1941 Joan Baez American singer, social activist. Music: The Night They Drove Ol' Dixie Down (1972).
1940 Jimmy Boyd American singer. Music: I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus (1952, #1).
1935 Dick Enberg American sportscaster, game show host. TV: Sports Challenge (host) and the cartoon series Where's Huddles? (voice of the sports announcer).
1935 Bob Denver d. 2005 American actor. TV: The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis (beatnik Maynard G. Krebs) and Gilligan's Island (Willy Gilligan).
1934 Bart Starr American Hall of Fame football player. He was the winning quarterback for the first two Super Bowls (1967-68, Green Bay Packers). He was the MVP for the first two Super Bowls.
1915 Fernando Lamas d. 1982 Argentine actor, the Latin Lover of U.S. films during the 1950s.
1914 Gypsy Rose Lee d. 1970 (Rose Louise Hovick), American actress, "The Queen of Burlesque," and the best-known stripper of the 1930s.
1913 Richard Milhous Nixon d. 1994 37th U.S. President (1969-74) and 36th U.S. Vice-President (1953-61).
1908 Simone de Beauvoir d. 1986 French author, feminist. Her book The Second Sex (1949) pioneered post-World War II feminism. She and her lover Jean-Paul Sartre are credited with creating "existentialism."
1901 Chic Young d. 1973 (Murat Bernard Young), American cartoonist, creator of Blondie (1930).
1859 Carrie Lane Chapman Catt d. 1947 American women's rights leader, founder of the National League of Women Voters (1919). Her efforts contributed greatly to the passing of the 19th Amendment.
1995 Peter Cook b. 1937 English actor, comedian. He is often credited with founding contemporary British satire.
1987 Arthur Lake b. 1905 (Arthur Silverlake), American actor. He played Dagwood Bumstead on radio, TV, and the movies.
1982 Paul Lynde b. 1926 American comedian, Uncle Arthur of Bewitched and a regular on Hollywood Squares.
1938 Johnny Gruelle b. 1880 (John Barton), American children's author, creator of Raggedy Ann (1917) and Raggedy Andy (1922).
1930 Edward William Bok b. 1863 American Pulitzer-winning author. Books: The Americanization of Edward Bok (1920, Pulitzer). Editor: The Ladies' Home Journal (1889-1919).
1895 Aaron Lufkin Dennison b. 1812 father of American watchmaking. He designed the world's first factory-made watches.
1324 Marco Polo b. 1254 Italian traveler. While imprisoned in 1299, he wrote the famous account of his Asian travels.