- 561 – King Chlothar I dies at Compiègne. The Merovingian Dynasty is continued by his four sons — Charibert I, Guntram, Sigebert I and Chilperic I — who divide the Frankish Kingdom.
- 800 – Charlemagne arrives at Rome to investigate the alleged crimes of Pope Leo III.
- 1394 – The Korean king Yi Seong-gye, founder of the Joseon Dynasty, moves the capital from Kaesŏng to Hanyang, today known as Seoul.
- 1776 – American Revolutionary War: The Battle of Fort Cumberland, Nova Scotia comes to an end with the arrival of British reinforcements.
- 1777 – San Jose, California, is founded as Pueblo de San José de Guadalupe. It is the first civilian settlement, or pueblo, in Alta California.
- 1781 – The crew of the British slave ship Zong murders 133 Africans by dumping them into the sea to claim insurance.
- 1830 – November Uprising: An armed rebellion against Russia's rule in Poland begins.
- 1847 – The Sonderbund is defeated by the joint forces of other Swiss cantons under General Guillaume-Henri Dufour.
- 1847 – Whitman Massacre: Missionaries Dr. Marcus Whitman, his wife Narcissa, and 15 others are killed by Cayuse and Umatilla Indians, causing the Cayuse War.
- 1850 – The treaty, Punctation of Olmütz, is signed in Olomouc. Prussia capitulates to Austrian Empire, which took over the leadership of German Confederation.
- 1864 – American Indian Wars: Sand Creek Massacre – Colorado volunteers led by Colonel John Chivington massacre at least 150 Cheyenne and Arapaho noncombatants inside Colorado Territory.
- 1864 – American Civil War: Battle of Spring Hill – A Confederate advance into Tennessee misses an opportunity to crush the Union Army. General John Bell Hood is angered, which leads to the Battle of Franklin.
- 1872 – American Indian Wars: The Modoc War begins with the Battle of Lost River.
- 1877 – Thomas Edison demonstrates his phonograph for the first time.
- 1885 – End of Third Anglo-Burmese War, and end of Burmese monarchy
- 1890 – The Meiji Constitution goes into effect in Japan and the first Diet convenes.
- 1893 – The Ziqiang Institute, today known as Wuhan University, is founded by Zhang Zhidong, governor of Hubei and Hunan Provinces in late Qing Dynasty of China after his memorial to the throne is approved by the Qing Government.
- 1902 – The Pittsburgh Stars defeated the Philadelphia Athletics, 11-0, at the Pittsburgh Coliseum, to win the first championship associated with a national professional football league.
- 1929 – U.S. Admiral Richard Byrd becomes the first person to fly over the South Pole.
- 1943 – The second session of AVNOJ, the Anti-fascist council of national liberation of Yugoslavia, is held in Jajce, Bosnia and Herzegovina, determining the post-war ordering of the country.
- 1944 – The first surgery (on a human) to correct blue baby syndrome is performed by Alfred Blalock and Vivien Thomas.
- 1944 – Albania is liberated by the Albanian partisans.
- 1945 – The Federal People's Republic of Yugoslavia is declared.
- 1946 – The All Indonesia Centre of Labour Organizations (SOBSI) is founded in Jakarta.
- 1947 – The Partition Plan: the United Nations General Assembly recommends the partition of Palestine.
- 1947 – My Trach Massacre: First Indochina War.
- 1950 – Korean War: North Korean and Chinese troops force United Nations forces to retreat from North Korea.
- 1952 – Korean War: U.S. President-elect Dwight D. Eisenhower fulfills a campaign promise by traveling to Korea to find out what can be done to end the conflict.
- 1961 – Project Mercury: Mercury-Atlas 5 Mission – Enos, a chimpanzee, is launched into space. The spacecraft orbited the Earth twice and splashed-down off the coast of Puerto Rico.
- 1963 – U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson establishes the Warren Commission to investigate the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
- 1965 – The Canadian Space Agency launches the satellite Alouette 2.
- 1967 – Vietnam War: U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara announces his resignation.
- 1972 – Atari announces the release of Pong, the first commercially successful video game.
- 1983 – Soviet war in Afghanistan: The United Nations General Assembly passes a resolution stating that Soviet Union forces should withdraw from Afghanistan.
- 1987 – Korean Air Flight 858 explodes over the Thai-Burmese border, killing 155.
- 1990 – Gulf War: The United Nations Security Council passes two resolutions to restore international peace and security if Iraq did not withdraw its forces from Kuwait and free all foreign hostages by January 15, 1991.
- 2007 – The Armed Forces of the Philippines lay siege to The Peninsula Manila after soldiers led by Senator Antonio Trillanes stage a mutiny.
- 2007 – A 7.4 magnitude earthquake occurs off the northern coast of Martinique. This affected the Eastern Caribbean as far north as Puerto Rico and as far south as Trinidad.
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