- ENIAC (for "Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer"), the first general-purpose electronic computer, is unveiled at the University of Pennsylvania.
- Chet Atkins' makes his first appearance at the Grand Ole Opry.
- "It's a Wonderful Life" Directed by Frank Capra. With James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore is made.
- Famous Births ... Liza Minnelli, Cher, Donald Trump, George W. Bush.
- Deaths ... W.C. Fields, H.G. Wells.
- The Chicago Bears win the NFL crown by defeating the New York Giants 24-14 in New York.
- Average wages per year are $2,500.00
- A 7.4 magnitude undersea earthquake in the north pacific ocean caused a Tsunami that by the time it reached Hawaii some 2,400 miles away had waves reaching 60ft in height. It hit coastal areas of Hawaii causing the deaths of 150 +.
- War Crimes Trials are held in Tokyo for those accused of committing war crimes and crimes against humanity during World War II.
- AT&T announces first car phones.
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