1981 – The U.S. and Iran signed an agreement paving the way for the release of 52 Americans held hostage for more than 14 months and for arrangements to unfreeze Iranian assets and to resolve all claims against Iran.
1983 – China announced that it was bannning 1983 purchases of cotton, soybeans and chemical fibers from the United States.
1993 – IBM announced a loss of $4.97 billion for 1992. It was the largest single-year loss in U.S. corporate history.
1995 – Russian forces overwhelmed the resistance forces in Chechnya.
1996 – U.S. first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton was subpoenaed to appear before a federal grand jury. The investigation was concerning the discovery of billing records related to the Whitewater real estate investment venture.
1997 – Yasser Arafat returned to Hebron for the first time in more than 30 years. He joined 60,000 Palestinians in celebration over the handover of the last West Bank city in Israeli control.
2000 – In New York’s Time Square, the first WWF restaurant opened.
2001 – Texas officials demoted a warden and suspended three other prison workers in the wake of the escape of the “Texas 7.”
2006 – NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft was launched. The mission was the first to investigate Pluto.
2013 – In Scottsdale, AZ, the original Batmobile for the TV series “Batman” sold at auction for $4.6 million. It was the first of six Batmobiles produced for the show.
2016 – Russian ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov is assassinated while at an art exhibition in Ankara. The assassin, Mevlüt Mert Altıntaş, is shot and killed by a Turkish guard.
2016 – A vehicular attack in Berlin, Germany, kills and injures multiple people at a Christmas market.
Celebrating Birthday Today
1981 – Grégory Dufer, Belgian footballer
1982 – Mo Williams, American basketball player
1983 – Nektarios Alexandrou, Cypriot footballer
1983 – Casey Crescenzo, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
1983 – Bridget Phillipson, English politician
1983 – Laura Pomeroy, Canadian swimmer
1983 – Matt Stajan, Canadian ice hockey player
1984 – Ian Kennedy, American baseball player
1985 – Gary Cahill, English footballer
1985 – Andrea Baldini, Italian fencer
1985 – Neil Kilkenny, English-Australian footballer
1985 – Sally Kipyego, Kenyan runner
1985 – Dan Logan, English bass player
1985 – Lady Sovereign, English rapper
1986 – Calvin Andrew, English footballer
1986 – Ryan Babel, Dutch footballer
1986 – Ingrid Burley, American rapper and songwriter