536 Byzantine General Belisarius enters Rome while the Ostrogothic garrison peacefully leaves the city, returning the old capital to its empire
1212 Frederick II (later also Holy Roman Emperor) crowned King of Germany in Mainz
1968 In “The Mother of All Demos” Douglas Engelbart demonstrates the computer system NLS (oN-Line System) to a live audience in San Francisco. Shows for the first time, the mouse, word processing, windows, hypertext links, video conferencing, real-time collaboration and other modern computing concepts.
1990 Lech Wałęsa wins Poland’s 1st direct presidential election in Poland
1992 US Marines and allied nations launch an amphibious and airborne operation in Mogadishu, Somalia to restore order to the war-torn nation. Authorized by UN Security Council Resolution 794 passed on December 3.
Historical Events Today
Today in Film & TV
1960 1st broadcast of “Coronation Street” on British ITV
Today in Music
1964 John Coltrane’s Quartet records their greatest work “A Love Supreme” at Van Gelder Studio in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey
Today in Sport
1978 1st game of Women’s Pro Basketball League (WBL), Chicago Hustle vs Milwaukee Does
1854 Alfred Tennyson’s poem “Charge of the Light Brigade” is published in “The Examiner”
1868 The first traffic lights are installed outside the Palace of Westminster in London.
1883 Poet Rabindranath Tagore (22) weds Mrinalini Devi in an arranged marriage
1953 Entertainer Milton Berle (45) marries for the third time Ruth Cosgrove (32)
1956 NBA player Bill Russell (22) weds college sweetheart Rose Swisher