1882 - Robert H. Goddard, known as the "Father of the Space Age", was born.
1902 - Ray Kroc, the founder of McDonald's, was born.
1969 - A Cuban defector landed a Soviet-made MiG-17 at Homestead Air Force Base in Florida. The plane entered U.S. air space and landed without being detected.
1989 - The Dalai Lama was named the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize for his nonviolent campaign to end the Chinese domination of Tibet.