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

1929 – American explorer Richard Byrd and three companions become the first to fly over the South Pole (More info)

1947 – Despite strong Arab opposition, the United Nations votes for the partition of Palestine and the creation of an independent Jewish state (More info)

1963 – President Lyndon B. Johnson establishes the Warren Commission to investigate the assassination of President John F. Kennedy (More info)

1972 – Atari announces the release of Pong, the first commercially successful video game (More info)

1981 – Actress Natalie Wood, star of movies such as 'Rebel Without a Cause' and 'West Side Story,' drowns in a boating accident at the age of 43 (More info)

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