1924 - AEK Athens FC is established on the anniversary of the siege of Constantinople by the Turks.
1932 - World War I Veterans begin to assemble in Washington, DC in the Bonus Army to request cash bonuses promised to them to be paid in 1945.
1942 - Bing Crosby, the Ken Darby Singers and the John Scott Trotter Orchestra record Irving Berlin's "White Christmas", the best-selling Christmas album in history, for Decca Records in Los Angeles.
1948 - Creation of the United Nations Peacekeeping Force the United Nations Truce Supervision Organisation
1950 - St. Roch, first ship to circumnavigate North America, arrives in Halifax, Nova Scotia .
1953 - Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay are the first people to reach the summit of Mount Everest, on Tenzing Norgay's (adopted) 39th birthday.
1954 - First of the annual Bilderberg conferences.
1964 - The Arab League meets in East Jerusalem to discuss the Palestinian situation in Israel, leading to the formation of the Palestinian Liberation Organization.
1968 - Manchester United win the European Cup, the first English Club to do so.
1969 - General strike in Cordoba, Argentina, leading to the Cordobazo civil unrest.
1972 - 26 people are killed and dozens more injured when three Japanese gunmen open fire on crowds at Lod International Airport in Tel Aviv, Israel.
1973 - Tom Bradley is elected the first black mayor of Los Angeles, California.
1985 - Heysel Stadium disaster: At the European Cup final in Brussels, Belgium, 39 football fans die and hundreds are injured when a dilapidated retaining wall collapses after Liverpool F.C. fans breach a fence separating them from Juventus F.C. fans.
1985 - Amputee Steve Fonyo completes cross-Canada marathon at Victoria, British Columbia, after 14 months.
1988 - U.S. President Ronald Reagan begins his first visit to the Soviet Union as he arrives in Moscow for a superpower summit with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev.
1990 - Boris Yeltsin is elected president of the Russian SFSR by the Russian parliament.
1999 - Olusegun Obasanjo takes office as President of Nigeria, the first elected and civilian head of state in Nigeria after 16 years of military rule.
1999 - Space Shuttle Discovery completes the first docking with the International Space Station.
2001 - U.S. Supreme Court rules that disabled golfer Casey Martin can use a cart to ride in tournaments.
2001 - International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers inaugurated.
2004 - The World War II Memorial is dedicated in Washington, D.C.
2004 - The Al-Khobar massacres in Saudi Arabia kill 22.
2005 - France resoundingly rejects the European Constitution.