The first National Geographic Magazine issue hit newsstands.
Albert Einstein arrives as a refugee in the United States after fleeing Nazi Germany.
Queen Elizabeth withdraws her racing horse and is fined $140.
Henri Matisse’s “Le Bateau” is displayed upside-down in the Museum of Modern Art for nearly two months, before it was corrected on Dec. 3.
Former President Jimmy Carter signs legislation to create the Department of Education.
A 6.9 magnitude earthquake hit San Francisco, killing 67 people and cancelling the third game of the World Series.
Financial advisor Keith Moore is sentenced to six years in jail for robbing $9 million from Sting of the Police.
The U.S. population reaches 300 million people.
The Dalai Lama is awarded the U.S. Congressional Gold Medal.
Canada becomes the second country after Uruguay to legalize the sale of recreational marijuana.