Today in 1937, the world's first Santa Claus training school opened with a class of six students in Albany, New York.
Today in 1964, the Warren Commission publicly announced its conclusion that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone in the assassination of President John Kennedy. The 888-page report had been presented to President Johnson three days earlier.
Today in 1988, three days after placing first in the men's 100-meter dash at the Seoul Summer Olympics, Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson left for home in disgrace. He had been stripped of his Gold medal by officials who said he'd used anabolic steroids.
Today in 1995, the US government unveiled its redesigned $100-bill, featuring a larger, off-center portrait of Benjamin Franklin.
Today in 1996, the Julie N. tanker skip crashed into the Million Dollar Bridge in Portland, Maine spilling 180,000 gallons of oil into Portland Harbor.
Today in 1999, Tiger Stadium closed in grand fashion after 87 years as the Tigers beat the Kansas City Royals, 8-to-2.
Today in 2003, the Smart 1 satellite – Europe’s first science spacecraft designed to orbit the moon – was launched.
Today in 2008, Greg Maddux won what would be the final start of his 23-year career (#355). As a Los Angeles Dodger, he announced his retirement the following December and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2014.
Today in 2012, the Mars Curiosity rover discovered evidence of a once fast-moving stream on the planet surface.
Today in 2019, Democrats issued their first subpoena to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, in an impeachment inquiry.
Today in 2020, details of President Donald Trump's tax returns released by the “New York Times” show he paid $750 in income tax (2016 & 2017) revealing "chronic losses and years of tax avoidance.”
Today in 2021, R&B artist Kelly was convicted on nine counts of racketeering and sex trafficking after a six-week trial in New York.