TODAY IN HISTORY
Thomas Becket, the archbishop of Canterbury, was slain in Canterbury Cathedral by knights loyal to King Henry II.
During the War of 1812, the American frigate USS Constitution engaged and severely damaged the British frigate HMS Java off Brazil.
The Wounded Knee massacre took place in South Dakota as an estimated 300 Sioux Indians were killed by U.S. troops sent to disarm them.
“The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” starring Charles Laughton and Maureen O’Hara, was released by RKO Radio Pictures.
A bomb exploded in the main terminal of New York’s LaGuardia Airport, killing 11 people.