1924 Italian composer Giacomo Puccini died in Brussels before he could complete his opera "Turandot.'"
1929 Commander Richard E. Byrd and a crew of three became the first to fly over the South Pole.
1947 The United Nations voted to grant the Jewish people a homeland to be established in Palestine.
1963 The Beatles released I Want to Hold Your Hand in Great Britain.
1963 President Johnson named a commission headed by Earl Warren to investigate the assassination of President Kennedy.
1986 Actor Cary Grant died in Davenport, Iowa, at age 82.
2001 Beatle George Harrison died of cancer.