The Board of Education in Oakland, California became the first to recognise Ebonics (black English) as a distinct language
Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi resigned over corruption allegations
The Brandenburg Gate in Berlin was reopened, effectively reuniting East and West Germany
Death of Samuel Beckett, Nobel Prize-winning Irish writer, playwright, poet and literary critic (Waiting for Godot, Endgame, and many others)
Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausçescu was overthrown in a revolutionary coup and executed (on 25th December) for crimes against the state
70mph speed limit on British roads
No frost-free nights in Britain till 5 Mar 1963
Birth of Patricia Hayes, British actress, especially in film and television comedies, particularly noted for her role as Edna, the Inebriate Woman
Birth of Giacomo Manzu, Italian sculptor .
Dame Peggy Ashcroft born 1907 (died 1991). Actress, instrumental in forming the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Birth of Giacomo Puccini, Italian composer .
Death of Thomas Emes medical doctor who was kept hot in bed for 3 days after death to test his belief he would come to life again - which he didn't.