1065 Westminster Abbey is consecrated.
1663 Francesco Maria Grimaldi (died), Italian mathematician and physicist (born 1618)
1763 John Molson (born), English-Canadian brewer, founded the Molson Brewing Company (died 1836)
1818 Carl Remigius Fresenius (born), German chemist (died 1897)
1832 John C. Calhoun becomes the first Vice President of the United States to resign.
1835 Osceola leads his Seminole warriors in Florida into the Second Seminole War against the United States Army.
1867 United States claims Midway Atoll, the first territory annexed outside Continental limits.
1895 The Lumière brothers perform for their first paying audience at the Grand Cafe in Boulevard des Capucines, marking the debut of the cinema.
1895 Wilhelm Röntgen publishes a paper detailing his discovery of a new type of radiation, which later will be known as x-rays.
1912 The first municipally owned streetcars take to the streets in San Francisco, California.
1946 Edgar Winter (born), American singer-songwriter, musician, and producer (Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band)
1950 Alex Chilton (born), American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (The Box Tops and Big Star) (died 2010)
1954 Denzel Washington (born), American actor, director, and producer
1958 “Greatest Game Ever Played” – Baltimore Colts defeat the New York Giants in the first ever National Football League sudden death overtime game at New York’s Yankee Stadium.
1963 Paul Hindemith (died), German violinist, composer, and conductor (born 1895)
1973 Seth Meyers (born), American actor
1983 Dennis Wilson (died), American drummer, songwriter, and producer (The Beach Boys) (born 1944)
1986 Jan Nieuwenhuys (died), Dutch painter (born 1922)
2000 U.S. retail giant Montgomery Ward announces it is going out of business after 128 years.
2004 Jerry Orbach (died), American actor (born 1935)
2010 Arab Spring: Popular protests begin in Algeria against the government.