1782 The United States and Britain signed preliminary peace articles in Paris, ending the Revolutionary War.
1835 Samuel Langhorne Clemens was born. He wrote Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn under the name Mark Twain.
1897 Thomas Edison's motion picture projector had its first commercial exhibition.
1936 London's famed Crystal Palace was destroyed in a fire. The palace had originally been constructed for the International Exhibition of 1851.
1967 Julie Nixon and David Eisenhower announced their engagement.
1986 Time magazine published an interview with President Reagan. In the article, Reagan described fired national security staff member, Oliver North, as a "national hero."
1993 President Clinton signed into law the Brady Bill. The bill required a five-day waiting period for handgun purchases and background checks of prospective buyers.
1995 President Clinton became the first U.S. chief executive to visit Northern Ireland.
2001 In Seattle, WA, Gary Leon Ridgeway was arrested for four of the Green River serial killings. He was pled innocent on December 18, 2001.