John Greenleaf Whittier is born. (Explore: Telling the Bees, Snow-Bound, John Greenleaf Whittier)
Willa Cather is born. (Explore: My Antonia, Paul's Case, Willa Cather)
Rosemary Rogers is born
Japanese planes destroy the U.S. Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, bringing the U.S. into World War II; the Axis powers declare war on the U.S.
Susan Isaacs is born. (Explore: After All These Years, Magic Hour, Susan Isaacs)
Reinaldo Arenas dies. (Explore: The Palace of the White Skunks, Reinaldo Arenas, Arturo, the Most Brilliant Star)
José Donoso dies. (Explore: The Obscene Bird of Night, José Donoso, The Walk)