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 the independent Jewish state of Israel (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)