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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

December 21 - This Day In History

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1620 - The "Mayflower", and its passengers, pilgrims from England, landed at Plymouth Rock, MA.

1849 - The first ice-skating club in America was formed in Philadelphia, PA.

1879 - Ibsen's "A Doll's House" was first performed in Copenhagen, Denmark, with a revised happy ending.

1898 - Scientists Pierre and Marie Curie discovered the radioactive element radium.

1909 - McKinley and Washington schools of Berkeley, CA, became the first authorized, junior-high schools in the U.S.

1913 - The "New York World" Sunday edition included a crossword puzzle as an added feature of the "Fun" supplement. It was the first crossword puzzle to be published.

1914 - Marie Dressler, Charlie Chaplin, Mabel Normand and Mack Swain appeared in the first six-reel, feature-length comedy. The film was entitled "Tillie’s Punctured Romance".

1925 - Eisenstein's film "Battleship Potemkin" was first shown in Moscow.

1937 - Walt Disney debuted the first, full-length, animated feature in Hollywood, CA. The movie was "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs."

1944 - Horse racing was banned in the United States until after the end of World War II.

1945 - U.S. Gen. George S. Patton died in Heidelberg, Germany, of injuries from a car accident.

1948 - The state of Eire (formerly the Irish Free State) declared its independence.

1951 - Joe DiMaggio announced his retirement from major league baseball.

1958 - Charles de Gaulle was elected to a seven-year term as the first president of the Fifth Republic of France.

1968 - Apollo 8 was launched on a mission to orbit the moon. The craft landed safely in the Pacific Ocean on December 27.

1971 - The U.N. Security Council chose Kurt Waldheim to succeed U Thant as secretary-general.

1978 - Police in Des Plaines, IL, arrested John W. Gacy Jr. and began unearthing the remains of 33 men and boys that Gacy was later convicted of killing.

1981 - Cincinnati defeated Bradley 75-73 in seven overtimes. The game was the longest collegiate basketball game in the history of NCAA Division I competition.

1988 - 270 people were killed when Pan Am Boeing 747 exploded over Lockerbie, Scotland, due to a terrorist attack.

1990 - In a German television interview, Saddam Hussein declared that he would not withdraw from Kuwait by the UN deadline.

1991 - Eleven of the 12 former Soviet republics proclaimed the birth of the Commonwealth of Independent States.

1995 - The city of Bethlehem passed from Israeli to Palestinian control.

1996 - After two years of denials, U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich admitted violating House ethics rules.

1998 - Israel's parliament voted overwhelmingly for early elections. It was the signal to the demise of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's hard-line government.

1998 - A Chinese court sentenced two dissidents to long prison terms for attempting to organize an opposition party. A third man was sentenced to 12 years in prison on December 22, 1998.

1998 - The first vaccine for Lyme disease was approved.

2001 - The Islamic militant group Hamas released a statement that said it was suspending suicide bombings and mortar attacks in Israel.

2002 - Larry Mayes was released after spending 21 years in prison for a rape that maintained that he never committed. He was the 100th person in the U.S. to be released after DNA tests were performed.

Whose Birthday Is It?

Jean Baptiste Racine 1639

Benjamin Disraeli 1804

Henrietta Szold 1860

Joseph Stalin 1879

Walter Hagen 1892

Pat Weaver 1908

Andor Foldes 1913

Heinrich Böll 1917

Kurt Waldheim 1918

Alicia Alonso 1921

Paul Winchell 1922

Phyliss Love 1925

Ed Nelson 1928

Freddie Hart 1933

Phil Donahue 1935

John Avildsen 1935

Jane Fonda 1937

Frank Zappa 1940

Ray Hildebrand 1940

Carla Thomas 1942

Albert Lee 1943

Gwen McCrae 1943

Jared Martin 1943

Michael Tilson Thomas 1944

Gordon Kannegiesser 1945

Josh Mostel 1946

Carl Wilson 1946

Nate Wright 1947

Elliott Maddox 1947

Samuel L. Jackson 1948

Claude Chartre 1949

Betty Wright 1953

Chris Evert 1954

Jane Kaczmarek 1955

Jim Rose 1956

Lee Roy Parnell 1956

Ray Romano 1957

Florence Griffith Joyner 1959

Christy Forester 1962

Andy Dick 1965

Gabrielle Glaser 1965

Kiefer Sutherland 1966

Khrystyne Haje 1968

Brad Warren 1968

Julie Delpy 1969

Brett Scallions 1971

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