Chinese human rights activist Liu Xiaobo sentenced to 11 years in prison in Beijing, China for "inciting subversion of state power"
- Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab unsuccessfully attempts a terrorist attack against the US while on board Northwest Airlines Flight 253
- Tony "T-Bone" Bellamy, American rock guitarist (Redbone), dies of liver failure at 63
- Vic Chesnutt, American singer and songwriter (b. 1964)
Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 11 years, 9 months and 27 days
Leap Year: No
Holidays: Christmas (India), Christmas Day (Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom, United States)