Today is the 357th day of the year, with only 8 days remaining until the new year.
1783 - George Washington resigns as commander-in-chief of the Continental Army at the Maryland State House in Annapolis.
1823 - A Visit from St. Nicholas, also known as The Night Before Christmas, is published anonymously.
1893 - The opera Hansel und Gretel by Engelbert Humperdinck is first performed.
1937 - It is the first flight of the Vickers Wellington bomber.
1947 - The transistor is first demonstrated at Bell Laboratories.
1970 - The North Tower of the World Trade Center in Manhattan, New York City is topped out at 1,368 feet, making it one of the tallest buildings in the world.
1972 - The 16 survivors of the Andes flight disaster are rescued after 73 days, having survived cannibalism.
1986 - Voyager, piloted by Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager, lands at Edwards Air Force Base in California, becoming the first aircraft to fly non-stop around the world without aerial or ground refueling.
2002 - a MQ-1 Predator is shot down by an Iraqi MiG-25, making it the first time in history that an aircraft and an unmanned drone had engaged in combat.