Today is the 349th day of the year, with only 16 days remaining until the new year.
1791 - The United States Bill of Rights becomes law when ratified by the Virginia General Assembly.
1864 - In the Battle of Nashville, Union forces under George H. Thomas almost completely destroy the Army of the Tennessee under John Bell Hood.
1914 - The Serbian Army recaptures Belgrade from the invading Austro-Hungarian Army.
1933 - The Twenty-first Amendment to the Constitution officially becomes effective, repealing the Eighteenth Amendment that prohibited the sale, manufacture, and transportation of alcohol.
1939 - Gone with the Wind, receives its premiere at Loew's Grand Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia.
1941 - German troops murder over 15,000 Jews at Drobitsky Yar, a ravine southeast of the city of Kharkiv, Ukraine.
1945 - General Douglas MacArthur orders that Shinto be abolished as the state religion of Japan.
1965 - Gemini 6A, crewed by Wally Schirra and Thomas Stafford, is launched from Cape Kennedy, Florida. Four orbits later, it achieves the first space rendezvous, with Gemini 7.
1973 - John Paul Getty III, grandson of American billionaire, is found alive near Naples, Italy. He is found after being kidnapped by an Italian gang on July 10.
2000 - The third reactor at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant is shut down.
2001 - The Leaning Tower of Pisa reopens after 11 years and $27 million to fortify it, without fixing its famous lean.
2005 - Introduction of the F-22 Raptor into United States Air Force active service.
2006 - Marks the first flight of the F-25 Lightning II.