1777 American Revolution: At the Battle of the Assunpink Creek near Trenton, New Jersey, American forces under the command of George Washington repulsed a British attack.
1788 Georgia votes to ratify the U.S. Constitution, becoming the fourth state in the modern United States.
1920 In several cities across the U.S., The second Palmer Raid takes place with another 6,000 suspected communists and anarchists arrested and held without trial.
1942 World War II: In the Philippines, Manila is captured by Japanese Imperial forces.
1980 In a strong reaction to the December Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, President Jimmy Carter recalls the U.S. ambassador to Moscow, terminates the Soviet Wheat Deal, and asks the Senate to postpone action on the SALT II nuclear weapons treaty. These actions sent a message that the age of detente and the friendlier diplomatic and economic relations that were established between the United States and Soviet Union during President Richard Nixon’s administration had ended.