1897 Early mobster Vito Genovese is born. He dies in 1969.
1910 New York City’s Pennsylvania Station opened as the world’s largest railway station.
1940 Actor Bruce Lee (The Green Hornet‘s Kato, Enter The Dragon) is born. He dies in 1973.
1942 Jimi Hendrix is born. He dies in 1970.
1953 Author and playwright Eugene O’Neill (The Iceman Cometh, Long Day’s Journey Into Night) dies at age 65.
1956 Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher Don Newcombe won baseball’s first Cy Young Award.
1965 “My Generation” by the Who peaks at Number Two on the U.K. pop chart.
1967 Magical Mystery Tour by the Beatles is released.
1968 Steppenwolf‘s self-titled debut is certified gold.
1969 The Rolling Stones open a four-night stand at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The first two shows are recorded for the live album Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out, and footage from the shows is included in the film Gimme Shelter.
1970 All Things Must Pass by George Harrison is released. It features Eric Clapton, Dave Mason, Ringo Starr, Gary Wright, Peter Frampton, and others.
1970 Pope Paul VI was slightly wounded in a knife attack at the Manila airport in the Philippines by a Bolivian painter disguised as a priest.
1973 The Senate voted to confirm Gerald Ford as President Richard Nixon’s vice president, succeeding Spiro T. Agnew, who’d resigned over tax evasion charges.
1978 San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and City Supervisor Harvey Milk, a gay-rights activist, were shot to death inside City Hall by former supervisor Dan White.
1980 Bosom Buddies, a sitcom starring a then-unknown Tom Hanks as one of two men who dress in drag in order to live in an ladies-only apartment building, debuted on ABC.
1985 Actress Amy Irving and director Steven Spielberg are married.
1991 Queen lead singer Freddie Mercury is buried during a private service.
1996 The movie 101 Dalmatians, starring Glenn Close, Jeff Daniels, and Joan Plowright, opens.
1996 The movie Sling Blade, starring Billy Bob Thornton, Dwight Yoakam, J.T. Walsh, John Ritter, and Robert Duvall, opens.
1997 INXS lead singer Michael Hutchence is buried in Sydney, Australia.
1997 The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City was marred when a gust of wind knocked part of a lamppost onto a 34-year-old woman, fracturing her skull and leaving her in a coma for almost a month.
2005 In London, Rod Stewart and his fiancee Penny Lancaster welcome their son Alastair Wallace Stewart into the world.