1620: Mayflower passengers came ashore at Plymouth Harbor, to begin their new settlement, Plymouth Colony.
1865: Following its ratification earlier in the month, the 13th Amendment to the Constitution took effect, ensuring that "neither slavery nor involuntary servitude... shall exist within the United States."
1892: Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker Suite" premiered at St. Petersburg's Mariinksy Theatre.
1958: Launch of SCORE, the first U.S. communications test satellite and first large U.S. satellite.
1963: Brad Pitt was born.