Shimla, Dec 28
American actress and singer Debbie Reynolds died, a day after the sudden and unexpected death of her daughter, Carrie Fisher, who was a noted actress and writer.
The Detroit Lions became the first team in NFL history to lose all 16 games in the regular season.
U.S. President Richard Nixon signed the Endangered Species Act, which obligates federal and state governments to protect all species threatened with extinction that fall within the borders of the United States and its outlying territories.
American actor Denzel Washington—noted for his engaging and powerful performances in such films as Glory (1989), Malcolm X (1992), and Training Day (2001)—was born.
Spanish sculptor Pablo Gargallo, known for his figures sculpted from iron and other metals, died.
Gustave Eiffel, designer of the famous Eiffel Tower, died in Paris.
The first public demonstration of the Cinématographe, an early motion-picture apparatus designed by the Lumière brothers, took place at the Grand Café in Paris.
The outlaw Rob Roy, known as the Scottish Robin Hood, died.
Mary II, who became queen of England in 1689, died of smallpox in London at age 32.