1890:Sitting Bull, leader of the Sioux tribe, is killed in a bloody confrontation with Indian police at the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in present-day South Dakota. The Sioux chief had been put under arrest by Indian Service agent James McLaughlin, who feared that Sitting Bull would lead the growing Ghost Dance movement.
1944: Popular bandleader and trombonist Glenn Miller is killed when the single-engine plane carrying him and his band to a Christmas concert in Paris disappears in heavy fog over the English Channel. Miller, a best-selling musician known for hits such as "In the Mood" and "Chattanooga Choo Choo," had joined the U.S. Army in 1942, performing hundreds of morale-raising performances for the Allied troops in World War II.
1992: Tennis great Arthur Ashe is named Sportsman of the Year by Sports Illustrated magazine. Eight months earlier, Ashe, the first African American man to win a tennis Grand Slam event, announced that he had contracted HIV/AIDS through a blood transfusion.