The press preview days of the North American International Auto Show started with the naming of the North American Car of the Year and North American Truck/Utility of the Year. The announcements were made Monday morning at Cobo Center in Detroit. The Car of the Year is the Cadillac ATS. Truck/utility is Ram 1500.
Harriet Tubman escapes slavery, the capstone is set on the Washington Monument, the TV special "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" debuts, and Roy Orbison passes away, all on this day.