- 43 BC Marcus Tullius Cicero (b. 106 BC), Roman orator and politician assassinated.
- 1783 William Pitt the Younger (24) becomes the youngest ever British Prime Minister
- 1941 Imperial Japanese Navy with 353 planes attack US fleet at Pearl Harbour Naval Base, Hawaii, killing 2403 people
- 1965 Pope Paul VI & Orthodox Patriarch Athenagoras I simultaneously lift mutual excommunications that led to split of 2 churches in 1054
- 1988 6.9 earthquake in Spitak, Armenia (25,000 killed, 5,000,000 homeless)
Belgian-born Leo Baekeland, Yonkers, NY, patents 1st thermosetting plastic (Bakelite)
On December 7, 1909