HISTORY TODAY

-1872 – The first-ever international football match takes place at Hamilton Crescent, Glasgow, between Scotland and England.
– 1934 – The LNER Class A3 4472 Flying Scotsman becomes the first steam locomotive to be authenticated as reaching 100 mph.
– 1967 – The Pakistan Peoples Party is founded by Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, who becomes its first chairman.
– 1981 – Cold War: In Geneva, representatives from the United States and the Soviet Union begin to negotiate intermediaterange nuclear weapon reductions in Europe. (The meetings end inconclusively on December 17.
– 1982 – Michael Jackson’s sixth solo studio album, Thriller, is released worldwide, ultimately to become the best-selling record album in history.
– 1999 – Exxon and Mobil sign a US$73.7 billion agreement to merge, thus creating ExxonMobil, the world’s largest company.
– 1999 – British Aerospace and Marconi Electronic Systems merge to form BAE Systems, Europe’s largest defense contractor and the fourth largest aerospace firm in the world.
– 2000 – NASA launches STS-97, the 101st Space Shuttle mission.
– 2005 – John Sentamu becomes the first black archbishop in the Church of England with his enthronement as the 97th Archbishop of York.