1620 - Plymouth Colony: William Bradford and the Mayflower Pilgrims land on what is now known as Plymouth Rock in Plymouth, Massachusetts.
1872 - Challenger expedition: HMS Challenger, commanded by Captain George Nares, sails from Portsmouth.
1937 - The film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is premiered at the Carthay Circle Theater in Los Angeles.
1968 - Project Apollo: Apollo 8, crewed by Frank Borman, Jim Lovell and William Anders, is launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
1879 - Joseph Stalin, Leader of the Russian Communist Party from from 1928 to 1953 (d. 1953)
1921 - Vampira (Maila Nurmi), Finnish-born actress (get a load of those ... well ... you've seen the movie)
1922 - Paul Winchell, American ventriloquist (d. 2005)
1940 - Frank Zappa, American singer, guitarist and composer (d. 1993) (Movin to Montana soon)
1966 - Kiefer Sutherland, British-born Canadian actor (whose best friend gave me recording gear)
1969 - Julie Delpy, French actress (about whom I refuse to be reasonable)
And Wikipedia doesn't mention Debbie Boone ... one more reason to like it.
1940 - F. Scott Fitzgerald, American writer (b. 1896)
1945 - George S. Patton, U.S. general (b. 1885)
1992 - Albert King, American musician (b. 1924)