"Huckleberry Finn" is first published, the first Nobel Prizes are awarded, the first transcontinental flight ends, Playboy debuts, and "Avatar" premieres in theaters, all on this day.
2005: Comedian and actor Richard Pryor, known for his concert movies and recordings and for movie roles such as "The Toy," "Silver Streak," "Brewster's Millions" and "The Wiz," dies of a heart attack at the age of 65 in Encino, California.
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