800 Coronation of Charlemagne as Holy Roman Emperor, in Rome.
1066 William the Conqueror, Duke of Normandy is crowned king of England, at Westminster Abbey, London.
1635 Samuel de Champlain (died), French soldier, geographer, and explorer (born 1567)
1642 Isaac Newton (born), English physicist, mathematician, astronomer, philosopher, and theologian (died 1727)
1776 George Washington and the Continental Army cross the Delaware River at night to attack Hessian forces serving Great Britain at Trenton, New Jersey, the next day.
1815 The Handel and Haydn Society, oldest continuously performing arts organization in the United States, gives its first performance.
1821 Clara Barton (born), American nurse and humanitarian, founded the American Red Cross (died 1912)
1878 Louis Chevrolet (born), Swiss-American race car driver and automobile magnate (died 1941)
1887 Conrad Nicholson Hilton Sr. (born), American businessman, founded the Hilton Hotels & Resorts (died 1979)
1889 Lila Bell Wallace (born), American publisher, co-founded Reader’s Digest (died 1984)
1899 Humphrey Bogart (born), American actor (died 1957)
1909 Zora Arkus-Duntov (born), Belgian-American engineer (died 1996)
1918 Anwar Sadat (born), Egyptian politician, 3rd President of Egypt, Nobel Prize laureate (died 1981)
1924 Rod Serling (born), American screenwriter and producer, created The Twilight Zone (died 1975)
1941 Admiral Chester W. Nimitz arrives at Pearl Harbor to assume command of the U.S. Pacific Fleet
1945 Noel Redding (born), English singer-songwriter and bass player (The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Fat Mattress, Road, and The Noel Redding Band) (died 2003)
1946 W. C. Fields (died), American comedian and actor (born 1880)
1949 Leon Schlesinger (died), American film producer, founded Warner Bros. Cartoons (born 1884)
1974 Marshall Fields drives a vehicle through the gates of the White House, resulting in a four-hour standoff.
1977 Charlie Chaplin (died), English actor and director (born 1889)
1977 Prime Minister of Israel Menachem Begin meets in Egypt with President of Egypt Anwar Sadat.
1995 Dean Martin (died), American singer and actor (born 1917)
2005 Birgit Nilsson (died), Swedish soprano (born 1918)
2006 James Brown (died), American singer-songwriter, producer, and actor (The Famous Flames) (born 1933)