1420 – Henry V of England entered Paris.
1640 – End of the Iberian Union: Portugal acclaimed as King, João IV of Portugal, thus ending a 60 year period of personal union of the crowns of Portugal and Spain and the end of the rule of the House of Habsburg (also called the Philippine Dynasty).
1761 Marie Tussaud, French creator of wax sculptures (Madame Tussauds), was born (d. 1850).
1768 – The slave ship Fredensborg sank off Tromøy in Norway.
1821 – The first constitution of Costa Rica was issued.
1822 – Pedro I was crowned Emperor of Brazil.
1824 – U.S. presidential election, 1824: Since no candidate had received a majority of the total electoral college votes in the election, the United States House of Representatives was given the task of deciding the winner in accordance with the Twelfth Amendment to the United States Constitution.
1826 – French philhellene Charles Nicolas Fabvier forced his way through the Turkish cordon and ascended the Acropolis of Athens, which had been under siege.
1834 – Slavery was abolished in the Cape Colony in accordance with the Slavery Abolition Act 1833.
1864 – In his State of the Union Address President Abraham Lincoln reaffirmed the necessity of ending slavery as ordered ten weeks earlier in the Emancipation Proclamation.
1913 – The Buenos Aires Subway started operating, the first underground railway system in the southern hemisphere and in Latin America.
1913 – The Ford Motor Company introduced the first moving assembly line.
1913 – Crete, was annexed by Greece.
1918 – Iceland became a sovereign state, yet remained a part of the Danish kingdom.
1918 – The Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes (later known as the Kingdom of Yugoslavia) was proclaimed.
1919 – Lady Astor became the first female Member of Parliament to take her seat in the House of Commons (she had been elected to that position on November 28).
1925 – World War I aftermath: The final Locarno Treaty was signed in London, establishing post-war territorial settlements.
1932 – Matt Monro, English singer, was born.
1933 – Pilot E.F. (‘Teddy’) Harvie and his passenger, Miss Trevor Hunter, set a record for the longest flight within New Zealand in a single day. They flew approximately 1880 km between North Cape and Invercargill in 16 hours 10 minutes.
1934 – Politburo member Sergei Kirov was shot dead by Leonid Nikolayev at the Communist Party headquarters in Leningrad.
1935 Woody Allen, American film director, actor, and comedian, was born.
1939 Lee Trevino, American golfer, was born.
1940 Richard Pryor, American actor, comedian, was born.
1945 Bette Midler, American actress and singer, was born.
1946 Gilbert O’Sullivan, Irish singer, was born.
1952 – The New York Daily News reported the news of Christine Jorgenson, the first notable case of sexual reassignment surgery.
1955 – American Civil Rights Movement: In Montgomery, Alabama, seamstress Rosa Parks refused to give up her bus seat to a white man and is arrested for violating the city’s racial segregation laws.
1958 – The Central African Republic became independent from France.
1958 – The Our Lady of the Angels School Fire in Chicago killed 92 children and three nuns.
1959 – Cold War: Opening date for signature of the Antarctic Treaty, which set aside Antarctica as a scientific preserve and bans military activity on the continent.
1961 – The independent Republic of West Papua was proclaimed in modern-day Western New Guinea.
1965 – The Border Security Force was formed in India as a special force to guard the borders.
1969 – Vietnam War: The first draft lottery in the United States was held since World War II.
1971 – Cambodian Civil War: Khmer Rouge rebels intensified assaults on Cambodian government positions, forcing their retreat from Kompong Thmar and nearby Ba Ray.
1971 – The Indian Army recaptured part of Kashmir occupied forcibly by Pakistan.
1973 – Papua New Guinea gained self government from Australia.
1974 – TWA Flight 514, a Boeing 727, crashed northwest of Dulles International Airport killing all 92 people on-board.
1974 – Northwest Orient Airlines Flight 6231, crashed northwest of John F. Kennedy International Airport.
1981 – A Yugoslavian Inex Adria Aviopromet DC-9 crashed in Corsica killing all 180 people on-board.
1981 – The AIDS virus was officially recognized.
1982 – At the University of Utah, Barney Clark became the first person to receive a permanent artificial heart.
1988 – Benazir Bhutto was appointed Prime Minister of Pakistan.
1989 – 1989 Philippine coup attempt: The right-wing military rebel Reform the Armed Forces Movement attempted to oust Philippine President Corazon Aquino in a failed bloody coup d’état.
1989 – Cold War: East Germany’s parliament abolished the constitutional provision granting the communist party the leading role in the state.
1990 – Channel Tunnel sections started from the United Kingdom and France meet 40 metres beneath the seabed.
1991 – Cold War: Ukrainian voters overwhelmingly approve a referendum for independence from the Soviet Union.
2001 – Captain Bill Compton brought Trans World Airlines Flight 220, an MD-83, into St. Louis International Airport bringing to an end 76 years of TWA operations following TWA’s purchase by American Airlines.
2001 Aiko, Princess Toshi of Japan, was born.
2009 – The Treaty of Lisbon, which amended the Treaty on European Union and the Treaty establishing the European Community, which together comprise the constitutional basis of European Union, came into effect.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia.