1983 The A-Team, starring Mr. T., debuts on NBC.
1977 Roots begins airing on ABC for eight consecutive nights. The story of Kunta Kinte and his descendants was the highest-rated series ever 130,000,000 people watching the conclusion.
1975 Barney Miller debuts on ABC.
1971 Lowest recorded temperature in the U.S., -79.8º in Prospect Creek, Alaska.
1968 USS Pueblo is captured by North Korea, the captain and crew are held captive for 11 months.
1964 24th Amendment ratified, a person could not be required to pay a tax to vote in federal elections.
1960 Deepest manned ocean descent The U.S. Navy bathyscaphe Trieste, descends 35,800 feet into the Marianas Trench in the Pacific Ocean.
1933 20th Amendment It is ratified. Called the "Lame Duck Amendment," it specified that the President's and Vice-President's terms were to begin on January 20.
1930 First Nazi to take office Wilhelm Frick becomes Minister of the Interior for Thuringia.
1845 First Tuesday after the first Monday in November is declared by Congress to be the day for presidential elections.
1789 First Roman Catholic College in the U.S Georgetown College in Washington D.C. is founded by Father John Carroll. Source: An Almanac of the Christian Church
1950 Richard Dean Anderson American actor. TV: General Hospital (Dr. Jeff Weber) and MacGyver (Stace MacGyver).
1944 Rutger Hauer Dutch actor. Film: Blade Runner (1982) and The Hitcher (1986).
1943 Gil Gerard American actor. TV: The Doctors (Dr. Alan Stewart) and Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (title role).
1934 Lou Antonio American actor, director. TV: The Snoop Sisters (Barney the chauffeur) and Rich Man, Poor Man (director).
1933 Chita Rivera (Dolores Conchita del Rivero), American Tony-winning actress. Stage: Kiss of the Spider Woman (1993, Tony).
1928 Jeanne Moreau French actress. Film: Jules and Jim (1961) and Going Places (1974).
1919 Ernie Kovacs d. 1962 American comedian. TV: The Tonight Show (1956-57, host).
1907 Bob Steele d. 1988 (Robert North Bradbury Jr.), American actor. TV: F Troop (Trooper Duffy).
1899 Humphrey Bogart d. 1957 (Humphrey DeForest Bogart), Oscar-winning actor. Film: The Maltese Falcon (1941), Casablanca (1943), and The African Queen (1952). His upper lip was scarred and partially paralyzed while serving in the Navy during World War I.
1898 Sergei Mikhailovich Eisenstein d. 1948 Russian film director, one of the greatest directors of his time. He developed the montage style of editing.
1898 Randolph Scott d. 1987 (Randolph Crane), American actor. Film: Seven Men from Now (1956), The Tall T (1957), and Ride the High Country (1962).
1737 John Hancock d. 1793 4th and 13th president of the Continental Congress (1775-77, 1785-86), signer of the Declaration of Independence, and first governor of Massachusetts (1780-85).
2005 Johnny Carson b. 1925 American Emmy-winning TV late-night host of the Tonight Show for nearly 30 years.
2004 Bob Keeshan b. 1927 American Emmy-winning actor. TV: Howdy Doody (Clarabell the Clown) and Captain Kangaroo (title role). Quote: If you want more time in your life, don't watch TV.
1992 Freddie Bartholomew b. 1924 (Frederick Cecil Bartholomew), English-born American child actor. One of the most famous child actors of his time, he commanded a salary even higher than that of Shirley Temple. Film: David Copperfield (1935, Copperfield as a young boy) and Little Lord Fauntleroy (1936).
1989 Salvador Dali b. 1904 Spanish artist, The Persistence of Memory (1931).
1989 George Case b. 1915 American baseball player, led the American League in stolen bases six times.
1978 Terry Kath b. 1946 American rock guitarist, founding member of the band Chicago. He accidently killed himself playing with a gun. His last words were, "Don't worry, it's not loaded."
1893 Phillips Brooks b. 1835 American clergyman. He wrote the carol O Little Town of Bethlehem (1868). Source: An Almanac of the Christian Church
1875 Charles Kingsley b. 1819 English clergyman, author. Writings: Westward Ho! (1855).
1858 Luigi Lablache b. 1794 Italian opera singer. He sang at the funerals of Franz Joseph Haydn (1809), Ludwig van Beethoven (1827) and Frederic Chopin (1849).
1800 Edward Rutledge b. 1749 American politician, member of the first Continental Congress (1774) and signer of the Declaration of Independence.
1789 John Cleland b. 1709 English author, Fanny Hill, or the Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure (1749).
1002 Otto III b. ???? Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire (983-1002), because of his great intellect he was called the "Wonder of the World."