The French National Convention voted to abolish the monarchy.
The New York Sun published its famous editorial, "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus."
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkein was first published.
A hurricane struck New York and New England with extensive damage and more than 600 deaths.
The People's Republic of China was proclaimed.
Malta gained its independence from Great Britain.
Belize gained its independence from Great Britain.
John F. Kennedy, Jr., married Carolyn Bessette.