1792 – King Louis XVI of France is put on trial for treason by the National Convention.
1815 – The U.S. Senate creates a select committee on finance and a uniform national currency, predecessor of the United States Senate Committee on Finance.
1931 – The British Parliament establishes legislative equality between the UK and the Dominions of the Commonwealth-Australia, Canada, Newfoundland, New Zealand, South Africa, and Ireland.
1941 – Germany and Italy declare war on the United States, following the Americans’ declaration of war on the Empire of Japan in the wake of the attack on Pearl Harbor. The United States, in turn, declares war on them.
1964 – Che Guevara speaks at the United Nations General Assembly in New York City.
1972 – Apollo 17 becomes the sixth and last Apollo mission to land on the Moon.
Louis XVI, imprisoned at the Tour du Temple, awaits trial
1978 – The Lufthansa heist is committed by a group led by Lucchese family associate Jimmy Burke who steal around $5 million from a vault at John F. Kennedy International Airport. It was the largest cash robbery ever committed on American soil, at that time. The latest arrest associated with the robbery was made in 2014, but Burke was never officially charged.
1980 – The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act is enacted by the U.S. Congress.
1882 – Fiorello H. La Guardia, American lawyer and politician, 99th Mayor of New York City (d. 1947)
1971 – Maurice McDonald, American businessman, co-founded McDonald’s (b. 1902)