On this day:
1882 First Christmas tree to be illuminated by electric lights displayed by Edward H. Johnson, an associate of inventor Thomas Edison and the Vice President of the Edison Electric Light Company

1891 First asteroid discovered through astrophotography

2010 President Obama signed the repeal of the don’t ask, don’t tell policy that governed the recruitment and service of LGBTQ members in the United States military.

Born on this day:

1666 Guru Gobind Singh, Indian guru

1887 Srinivasa Ramanujan, Indian mathematician

Gone on this day:

1880 George Eliot, English author

1989 Samuel Beckett, Irish/French author, playwright, director, Nobel Prize laureate