On this date in...
1880...Electric lamps replace gas lights on Broadway from 14th to 26th streets. However there are complaints from some women that the bright lights make them look too pale.
1946...The classic Christmas movie "It's a Wonderful Life" premieres at the Globe Theater in Manhattan. In its initial release the movie is neither a critical nor financial success – but over the years, Frank Capra's tale of family, community and eternal hope becomes a celluloid standard of the holiday season.
1968...Nobel-winning author John Steinbeck dies at his Upper East Side apartment at age 66.
1973...Pop singer Bobby Darin, a native of the Bronx, dies during open heart surgery at age 37.
1993...Wedding bells ring for Donald and Marla Trump as a crush of paparazzi and high society guests turn out at Trump's Plaza Hotel for the much-hyped nuptials. The couple divorces six years later.