- More than 120,000 Japanese and persons of Japanese ancestry living in western U.S. moved to "relocation centers," some for the duration of the war.
- Bing Crosby's rendition of Irving Berlin's "White Christmas" is a huge hit.
- "Road to Morocco", starring Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, and Dorothy Lamour was the third of seven "Road to" movies released from 1940 to 1962.
- Famous Births ... Barbra Streisand, Harrison Ford, Jimi Hendrix.
- Deaths ... John Barrymore, George M. Cohan.
- In the World Series the St. Louis Cardinals win over the NY Yankees (4-1).
- A bottle of Coca Cola cost 5 cents.
- A cyclone in Bengal Bangladesh kills 61,000.
- Declaration of United Nations signed by 26 Allied Nations.
- Manhattan Project started, US Army begins development of an atomic weapon.
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