The Pilgrims set sail on the Mayflower, "Jingle Bells" is copyrighted, General Motors is founded, Nixon drops in on "Laugh-In," Hurricane Ivan hits the Gulf Coast, and the federal government bails out AIG, all on this day.
2005: Gordon Gould, the American physicist widely credited with inventing the laser, dies of natural causes at age 85 in New York City.
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