1830 Poet Emily Dickinson is born. She dies in 1886.
1869 Women were granted the right to vote in the Wyoming Territory, the first legislation of its kind in American history.
1898 A treaty signed in Paris officially ended the Spanish-American War. Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Philippines were ceded to the U.S., and Cuba became a U.S. protectorate.
1901 The king of Sweden distributed the first Nobel Prizes in accordance with the will of the late inventor Alfred Nobel. The awards are given out annually on December 10th, the anniversary of Nobel’s death.
1928 Actor Dan Blocker (Bonanza‘s Hoss Cartwright) is born. He dies in 1972.
1935 University of Chicago halfback Jay Berwanger received the first Downtown Athletic Club Trophy, signifying that he was the best college football player east of the Mississippi River. The next year, the award became known as the Heisman Trophy, named after the late John Heisman, the DAC’s first director of athletics and a famous football coach, and went to the best player in the country.
1953 The first issue of Playboy, featuring a nude Marilyn Monroe, is published.
1963 Six-year-old Donny Osmond made his singing debut on The Andy Williams Show.
1964 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. received the Nobel Peace Prize.
1965 The Grateful Dead, the Jefferson Airplane, and the Great Society play a benefit for the San Francisco Mime Troupe at the Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco. It’s the first show that Bill Graham promotes at the venue.
1966 ”Good Vibrations” by the Beach Boys hits Number One on the pop chart.
1966 ”Mellow Yellow” by Donovan peaks at Number Two on the pop chart, where it stays for three weeks.
1969 A jury in Toronto finds Jimi Hendrix not guilty of heroin and marijuana possession.
1971 Frank Zappa fractures his skull and breaks one of his legs in several places after being pushed off the stage and into the orchestra pit in London by the jealous boyfriend of a female Zappa fan.
1973 Major League Baseball’s American League voted to adopt the designated hitter rule on a trial basis for three years.
1975 The Who By Numbers by the Who is certified gold.
1977 Street Survivors by Lynyrd Skynyrd peaks at Number Five on the album chart, where it stays for two weeks.
1977 Moonflower by Santana peaks at Number 10 on the album chart, where it stays for three weeks.
1978 Van Halen begins recording the Van Halen II album.
1978 Actor-director Ed Wood (Plan 9 From Outer Space) dies at age 54.
1980 John Lennon‘s body is cremated in Hartsdale, New York.
1983 ”Say Say Say” by Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson hits Number One on the pop chart, where it stays for six weeks.
1983 ”Love Is A Battlefield” by Pat Benatar peaks at Number Five on the pop chart, the same day that Live From Earth peaks at Number 13 on the album chart.
1983 Undercover by the Rolling Stones peaks at Number Four on the album chart, where it stays for two weeks.
1983 Stevie Nicks performs “Stand Back” and “Nightbird” on Saturday Night Live.
1984 Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa receives the Nobel Peace Prize.
1988 ”Look Away” by Chicago hits Number One on the pop chart, where it stays for two weeks.
1990 The Food And Drug Administration approved Norplant, a long-acting contraceptive implant for women.
1993 The Grateful Dead welcomes guest Branford Marsalis for their entire show at the Los Angeles Sports Arena in Los Angeles.
1993 Scotland Yard reopens its investigation into the death of Jimi Hendrix after receiving an anonymous tip, which some feel came from his old girlfriend Kathy Etchingham.
1994 Yasser Arafat, Shimon Peres, and Yitzhak Rabin received the Nobel Peace Prize, pledging to pursue their mission of peace in the Middle East.
1999 Computer scientist Wen Ho Lee was arrested and charged with removing secrets from computers at the Los Alamos weapons lab. Lee was later freed after pleading guilty to one count of downloading restricted data to tape; 58 other counts were dropped.
1999 The Band singer-bassist Rick Danko dies at age 56.
1999 Author Joseph Heller (Catch-22) dies at age 76.
1999 Actress-comedienne Shirley Hemphill (What’s Happening!!) dies at age 52.