Emma Wresch was born.
Rita Regan was born.
1864 – During the Civil War, Union general William T. Sherman sent a message to President Lincoln saying, “I beg to present you as a Christmas gift the city of Savannah.”
2010 – President Obama officially repealed the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” military policy.
Paul Thomas was born.
1823 – The poem “A Visit from St. Nicholas” (“‘Twas the night before Christmas”), written by either Clement C. Moore or Maj. Henry Livingston, Jr., was published in the Troy Sentinel of New York.
Ryan Atwood was born.
Elizabeth Gardner was born.
Steve Feuer was born
1814 – The War of 1812 between America and Britain ended with the signing of the Treaty of Ghent.
1943 – Gen. Dwight Eisenhower was appointed supreme commander of Allied Forces by Pres. Franklin Roosevelt.
Jesus was born.
Dorothy Dunne was born.
Kristen Brady was born.
1776 – George Washington crossed the Delaware River and surprised the Hessians.
Brian Boyle was born.
Nicole Frontera was born.
1865 – James H. Nason received a patent for a coffee percolator.
Sean Kelleher was born.
1979 – The Soviet Union took control of Afghanistan, installing Afghan politician Babrak Karmal as president.
2001 – The U.S. announced plans to hold Taliban and al-Qaeda prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Marty Keating was born.
1832 – John C. Calhoun became the first vice president in U.S. history to resign from office.
1945 – Congress officially recognized the Pledge of Allegiance.
1981 – Elizabeth Jordan Carr, the first American test-tube baby, was born in Norfolk, Va.