1620 The "Mayflower," and its passengers, pilgrims from England, landed at Plymouth Rock, MA.
1879 Ibsen's A Doll's House was first performed in Copenhagen, Denmark, with a revised happy ending.
1913 The "New York World" Sunday edition included a crossword puzzle as an added feature of the "Fun" supplement. It was the first crossword puzzle to be published.
1937 Walt Disney debuted the first, full-length, animated feature in Hollywood, CA. The movie was Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
1945 General George S. Patton died in Heidelberg, Germany, of injuries from a car accident.
1968 Apollo 8 was launched on a mission to orbit the moon.
1990 In a German television interview, Saddam Hussein declared that he would not withdraw from Kuwait by the UN deadline.
1995 The city of Bethlehem passed from Israeli to Palestinian control.