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What happened today in history?
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December 21

What happened on the day you were born?

In the headlines today:
 
1995 Israel passes control of the historic city of Bethlehem to Palestine.
 
1991 The Commonwealth of Independent States is born as 11 of the 12 former Soviet republics proclaim their independence.
 
1988 Pan Am Flight 103 explodes over Lockerbie, Scotland, killing 258 passengers and crew, plus additional people on the ground.
 
1976 Millions of gallons of oil spill into the North Atlantic, as the Liberian tanker Argo Merchant runs aground near Nantucket Island.
 
1971 Kurt Waldheim is chosen by the UN Security Council to succeed U Thant as Secretary-General.
 
1968 The Apollo 8 manned lunar orbiter mission is launched.
 
1958 Charles de Gaulle is elected as the first president of France's Fifth Republic.
 
1945 US Army General George S. Patton dies at age 60 in Heidelberg, Germany, from injuries sustained in a car accident.
 
1945 Ecuador and Iraq are admitted to the United Nations.
 
1940 Author F. Scott Fitzgerald (The Great Gatsby) dies in Hollywood at age 44.
 


1937
Snow White and trhe Seven Dwarfs (Disney)
Walt Disney releases his animated feature, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, to theaters.
(photo credit: Disney)

 

1913 The New York World newspaper publishes the first crossword puzzle.
 
1898 The radioactive element radium is discovered by Pierre and Marie Curie.
 
1620   Pilgrims aboard the ship Mayflower land at Plymouth Rock, Massachusetts.
 

Born today:

1966  Kiefer Sutherland - actor

1959  Florence 'Flo-Jo' Griffith Joyner - Olympic gold medal sprinter

1957  Ray Romano - actor, comedian

1954  Chris Evert - women's tennis champ

1946  Carl Wilson - guitarist, singer (The Beach Boys)

1946  Josh Mostel - actor

1940  Frank Zappa - guitarist, singer

1937  Jane Fonda - actress (Oscar® winner: 1971, 1978), fitness expert, married to TV mogul Ted Turner

1935  Phil Donahue - TV host, married to actress Marlo Thomas

1926  Joe Paterno - football coach (Penn State)

1922  Paul Winchell - ventriloquist (voice of Jerry Mahoney, Knucklehead Smith figures)

1918  Kurt Waldheim - UN Secretary-General, President of Austria

1917  Heinrich Boll - author

1908  Pat Weaver - NBC TV president, father of actress Sigourney Weaver

1892  Walter Hagen - golf champ

Josef Stalin


1879  Joseph Stalin - Russian dictator
 (photo credit: NARA)



1804  Benjamin Disraeli - English statesman

 

Born today? Your sign of the Zodiac is:
Sagittarius (The Archer)   Sagittarius    

(The Archer)

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