1620 - The Pilgrim Fathers landed at New Plymouth.
1776 - The British suffered a major defeat in the Battle of Trenton during the American Revolutionary War.
1865 - The coffee percolator was patented by James H. Mason.
1941 - Winston Churchill became the first British prime minister to address a joint meeting of the U.S. Congress.
1943 - The German battlecruiser Scharnhorst was sunk in the North Sea, during the Battle of North Cape.
1998 - Iraq announced that it would fire on U.S. and British warplanes that patrol the skies over northern and southern Iraq.
2002 - The first cloned human baby was born. The announcement was made the December 27 by Clonaid.
2004 - Under the Indian Ocean, a 9.0 magnitude earthquake sent 500-mph waves across the Indian Ocean and Bay of Bengal. The tsunami killed at least 283,000 people in a dozen countries, including Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Sumatra, Thailand and India.