1701, Yale University was created when the Collegiate School of Connecticut was chartered in New Haven.
1872, the first mail order catalog was delivered this day. It was sent out by Aaron Montgomery of the famous Montgomery Ward catalog and department stores.
1877, the American Humane Association was founded in Cleveland.
1888, the Washington Monument was opened to the public.
1928Babe Ruth hit three home runs in a World Series game for the second time in his career, as his New York Yankees beat the St. Louis Cardinals 7-3.
1940, Former Beatle John Lennon was born — 35 years from the day his son Sean would be born. John was shot and killed in front of his New York City apartment building on December 8, 1980 at 40.
1967, Latin American guerrilla leader Che Guevara was executed in Bolivia while attempting to incite revolution. He was 39.
1974, Oskar Schindler, subject of the movie Schindler’s List, who helped save 1,200 Jews from the Nazis during World War Two by employing them in his factory and protecting them, died. He was 66.
1986, The musical The Phantom of the Opera has its first performance at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London.
1990, Around the world, radio stations play “Imagine” in honor of John Lennon.
1997, college basketball coach Dean Smith retired as the winningest basketball coach in NCAA history, with 879 wins.
2003Queen Elizabeth II makes Sting a CBE, Commander of the British Empire.
2012Malala Yousafzai, women’s rights and education activist, is shot three times in the head by Taliban gunmen while trying to board a bus to school in northern Pakistan.

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