On this day:

1865 Ku Klux Klan, the extremist white supremacist organization, created

1951 Libya gains independence from Italy

1955 NORAD’s Santa tracking service begins

Born on this day:

1971 Ricky Martin, Puerto Rican/American singer-songwriter, actor

Gone on this day:

1524 Vasco da Gama, Portuguese explorer

2008 Harold Pinter, English playwright, screenwriter, director, actor, Nobel Prize laureate