American Colin O’Brady is the first person to cross Antarctica solo and unassisted after 54 days at the Ross Ice Shelf.
Time’s Man of the Year is for the first time a non-human, the personal computer.
Horror film “The Exorcist” based on book by William Peter Blatty, starring Linda Blair, premieres – 1st horror film to be nominated for Best Picture
The Beatles’ “I Want to Hold Your Hand” and “I Saw Her Standing There” are released in the United States, marking the beginning of Beatlemania on an international level.
First known performance of William Shakespeare’s tragedy “King Lear” before the court of King James I at Whitehall, London.