Today is the 331st day of the year, with only 34 days remaining until the new year.
176 - Emperor Marcus Aurelius grants his son Commodus, the rank of Imperator and makes him Supreme Commander of the Roman Legions.
1095 - Pope Urban II declares the First Crusade at the Council of Clermont.
1863 - Confederate cavalry leader John Hunt Morgan, and several of his men escape the Ohio Penitentiary and return safely to the South.
1868 - United States Army Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer, leads an attack on Cheyenne living on reservation land.
1895 - At the Swedish-Norwegian Club in Paris, France, Alfred Nobel signs his last will and testament, setting aside his estate to establish the Nobel Prize after he dies.
1901 - The United States Army War College is established.
1924 - In New York City, the first Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is held.
1934 - Bank robber Baby Face Nelson, dies in a shootout with agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
1954 - Alger Hiss is released from prison after serving 44 months for perjury.
1963 - President Lyndon Johnson makes his first address to Congress after the death of John F. Kennedy five days prior.
1965 - The Pentagon tells Lyndon B. Johnson, that if planned operations are to succeed, the number of American troops in Vietnam has to be increased from 120,000 to 400,000.
1978 - In San Francisco, California city mayor George Moscone and city supervisor Harvey Milk are assassinated by former supervisor Dan White.
2005 - The first partial human face transplant is completed in Amiens, France.