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

1780 – American General Benedict Arnold commits treason by giving the British the plans to West Point (More info)

1792 – The National Convention declares France a republic and abolishes the monarchy (More info)

1897 – The New York Sun publishes its famous 'Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus' editorial (More info)

1937 – J. R. R. Tolkien's 'The Hobbit' is published (More info)

1993 – Russian President Boris Yeltsin suspends parliament and scraps the then-functioning constitution, triggering the Russian constitutional crisis (More info)