In 1901, Britain's Queen Victoria died at age 81, after a 64-year reign. In 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its landmark ruling on abortion in Roe v. Wade. In 1997, Madeleine Albright was confirmed as the first woman secretary of state. In 1998, "Unabomber" Ted Kaczynski pleaded guilty in Sacramento, California, and was sentenced to life in prison without parole.
Francis Bacon (1561-1626), philosopher/essayist; Lord Byron (1788-1824), poet; August Strindberg (1849-1912), playwright; D. W. Griffith (1875-1948), filmmaker; George Balanchine (1904-83), choreographer; Sam Cooke (1931-64), singer/composer; Piper Laurie (1932- ), actress; Steve Perry (1949- ), singer; Jim Jarmusch (1953- ), filmmaker; Mike Bossy (1957- ), hockey player; Linda Blair (1959- ), actress; Diane Lane (1965- ), actress; Guy Fieri (1968- ), chef/TV personality; Dennis Kipruto Kimetto (1984- ), marathon runner; Logic (1990- ), rapper
In 2006, Kobe Bryant of the L.A. Lakers scored 81 points in a single game against the Toronto Raptors.
The tradition of performing Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker during the holiday season began with George Balanchine and the New York City Ballet in 1954.
"Opinions are made to be changed—or how is truth to be got at?" – Lord Byron