On this day:

1898 The Curies announce the existence of Radium

1966 First Kwanzaa celebrations, it is a recognition of African culture and heritage.

2004 Massive tsunami, caused by an earthquake of 9.1 magnitude, causes damage and kills thousands in India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Thailand

Born on this day:

1791 Charles Babbage, English mathematician, engineer, invented the Difference engine

1891 Henry Miller, American author, painter

Gone on this day:

1890 Heinrich Schliemann, German archaeologist