In 1962, writer John Steinbeck was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature.
1760: George III ascended the British throne after the death of his grandfather, King George II.
1881: Artist Pablo Picasso was born in Malaga, Spain.
1983: U.S.-led force invaded Grenada at the order of President Ronald Reagan.
1993: Actor Vincent Price died in Los Angeles; he was 82.
1999: Pro golfer Payne Stewart, 42, and five others were killed when their Learjet flew uncontrolled for four hours before crashing in South Dakota.
2005: U.S. military deaths in Iraq reached the 2,000 mark.