Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1915 – Alexander Graham Bell inaugurates US transcontinental telephone service, speaking from New York to Thomas Watson in San Francisco (More info)

1924 – The French Alps hosts the first Winter Olympics games (More info)

1959 - American Airlines opened the jet age in the U.S. with the first scheduled transcontinental flight of a Boeing 707.

1961 – John F. Kennedy delivers the first live presidential television news conference (More info)

1971 – Charles Manson and three of his female followers are found guilty of the 1969 Tate-LaBianca murders (More info)

1980 – Paul McCartney is released from a Tokyo jail and deported from Japan after being found carrying nearly half a pound of marijuana into the country (More info)

1993 - Sears announced that after 97 years, it was closing its catalog sales department.