TODAY IN HISTORY
The German festival Oktoberfest was first held in Munich to celebrate the wedding of Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen.
The Dr. Seuss Yuletide tale “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” was first published by Random House.
President Richard Nixon nominated House Minority Leader Gerald R. Ford of Michigan to succeed Spiro T. Agnew as vice president.
Singer John Denver was killed in the crash of his privately built aircraft in Monterey Bay. He was 53.