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Events and People Who Made History on December 21

12th Century

1163 - Hurricane hits villages in Holland/Friesland, causing floods

16th Century

1561 - Archbishop Granvelle installed
1582 - Flanders adopts Gregorian calendar, tomorrow is Jan 1 1583

17th Century

1620 - Mayflower pilgrims land at Plymouth Rock
1650 - Johan de Witt installed as Dutch pension advisor of Dordrecht
1688 - Pro-James II-earl of Devonshire occupies Nottingham

18th Century

1762 - James Cook marries Elizabeth Batts
1784 - John Jay becomes 1st U.S. Secretary of State
1788 - Hue Tay Son becomes emperor Quang Trung of Vietnam

19th Century

1829 - 1st stone arch railroad bridge in U.S. dedicated, Baltimore
1835 - HMS Beagle sails into Bay of Islands (New Zealand)
1849 - 1st U.S. skating club formed in Philadelphia
1864 - General Sherman conquers Savannah
1866 - Cheyennes, Arapho's, Sioux, Fetterman Massacre
1890 - Pim Mulier 1st and only trip to "Alvesteddetocht"
1891 - 18 students play 1st basketball game (Springfield College)
1898 - Scientists Pierre and Marie Curie discovers radium

20th Century

1900 - Gerhart Hauptmann's "Michael Kramer," premieres in Berlin
1907 - Dutch government of De Master falls due to war budget
1909 - 1st junior high school established (Berkeley California)
1909 - Clyde Fitch' "City," premieres in New York City
1909 - University of Coopenhagen rejects Cook's claim that he was 1st to North Pole
1910 - Explosion in coal mine in Hulton England, 344 mine workers dies
1912 - Denmark, Norway and Sweden declare neutrality in Comende war
1913 - 1st crossword puzzle (with 32 clues) printed in New York World
1914 - 1st feature-length silent film comedy, "Tillie's Punctured Romance" released. (Marie Dressler, Mabel Normand and Charles Chaplin)
1914 - "Tillie's Punctured Romance," 1st six-reel feature comedy debuts
1915 - 10.17" (25.83 cm) of rainfall, Glenora, Oregon (state record)
1918 - Red Sox trade Dutch Leonard, Ernie Shore and Duffy Lewis to Yankees for Ray Caldwell and Slim Love, Frank Gilhooey, Al Walters and $15,000
1919 - J Edgar Hoover deports anarchists/feminist Emma Goldman to Russia
1920 - Jerome Kern/BG DeSylva's musical "Sally," premieres in New York City
1921 - Supreme Court rules labor injunctions and picketing unconstitutional
1923 - Nepal changes from British protectorate to independent nation
1925 - Eisenstein's movie Potemkin premieres in Moscow
1925 - Stork Hendry scores 325 for Victoria against New Zealand
1926 - Soccer team DOS Struggle forms
1929 - 1st group hospital insurance plan offered (Dallas Tx)
1932 - Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, 1st joint movie (Flying Down to Rio)
1932 - Giants sign former outfielder Billy Southworth as a coach
1933 - Dried human blood serum 1st prepared, University of Pennsylvania
1933 - Fox signs Shirley Temple, 5, to a studio contract
1933 - Newfoundland reverts to being a crown colony
1936 - Bradman's 2nd consecutive Test Cricket duck! Australia all out 80
1937 - 1st feature-length color and sound cartoon premieres (Snow White)
1937 - O'Reilly completes 14-98 for cricket match, NSW vs. South Australia
1939 - Hitler named Adolf Eichmann leader of "Referat IV B"
1941 - Chicago Bears Ray McLean makes last NFL drop kick for an extra point
1941 - Chicago bears win the NFL championship
1941 - David Diamond's 1st Symphony, premieres
1941 - German submarine U-567 sinks
1941 - Last NFL drop kick for an extra point (Ray McLean, Chicago Bears)
1942 - U.S. Supreme Court declares Nevada separation legal
1944 - Cards' Marty Marion wins NL MVP
1945 - "Billion Dollar Baby" opens at Alvin Theater New York City for 219 performances
1945 - Gould/Comden/Green's "Billion Dollar Baby," premieres in New York City
1946 - Earthquake in South Japan, kills 1,086
1946 - Frank Capra's "It's a Wonderful Life," premieres
1946 - "If the Shoe Fits" closes at Century Theater New York City after 20 performances
1946 - Morton Gould's "Minstrel Show," premieres in Indianapolis
1948 - O'Neil Place in the Bronx erronously renamed O'Neill Place
1948 - State of Eire, formerly Irish Free State, declares its independence
1949 - Dutch 1st Chamber accept soeveregnty of Indonesia
1950 - Cole Porter's musical "Out of this World," premieres in New York City
1950 - "Out of This World" opens at New Century Theater New York City for 157 performances
1952 - Broadway Tunnel opens in SF
1952 - WSBT TV channel 22 in South Bend, IN (CBS) begins broadcasting
1953 - KOMU TV channel 8 in Columbia, MO (NBC/PBS) begins broadcasting
1954 - Dr. Sam Sheppard's wife Marilyn is murdered (he is accused of crime)
1957 - Indonesia proclaims end to state of war
1958 - Charles De Gaulle wins 7 year term as 1st President of 5th Rep of France
1959 - 10th largest snowfall in New York City history (13.7")
1959 - Citizens of Deerfield, Illinois block building of interracial housing
1959 - Shah of Persia marries Farah Diba
1959 - Tom Landry accepts coaching job with Dallas Cowboys (stays until 1988)
1961 - Beatles record "Sweet Georgia Brown" and "Ready Teddy"
1961 - John F. Kennedy and British Prime Minister MacMillan meet in Bermuda
1962 - Angolin leaves Comecon
1962 - U.S. and Cuba accord, releases bay of pigs captive
1966 - U.S.S.R. launches Luna 13; soft-landed in Oceanus Procellarum
1968 - Apollo 8 (Borman, Lovell and Anders) 1st manned Moon voyage
1968 - David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash premiere together in California
1969 - Diana Ross final TV appearance as a Supreme on theEd Sullivan Show
1969 - Vince Lombardi (Redskins) coaches his last football game, losing
1970 - WUTV TV channel 29 in Buffalo, New York (IND) begins broadcasting
1971 - U.N. Security Council chooses Kurt Waldheim as 4th secretary General
1972 - Soviet Union signs a separate peace with East Germany
1973 - Israel, Egypt, Syria, Jordan, U.S. and U.S.S.R. meet in Geneva
1975 - 1st New York Jet to gain 1,000 yards rushing (John Riggins)
1975 - 64th Davis Cup: Sweden beats Czechoslovakia in Stockholm (3-2)
1975 - Buffalo Sabres set NHL record of 40 points beating Caps 14-2 scoring 5 goals vs Washington Caps in 4:57
1975 - "Hello, Dolly" closes at Minskoff Theater New York City after 51 performances
1975 - Madagascar adopts constitution
1975 - "Very Good Eddie" opens at Booth Theater New York City for 307 performances
1976 - 20th Islander shut-out opponent-Billy Smith 3-0 vs Bruins
1976 - Patricia R. Harris named secretary of Housing and Urban Development
1976 - U.N. General Assembly passes a resolution declaring 1979 - Year of Child
1976 - U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1978 - "Broadway Musical" opens/closes at Lunt Fontanne Theater New York City
1978 - Police in Des Plaines Ill, arrest John Wayne Gacy, Jr. for murder
1979 - Gary Unger plays in record 914th consecutive NHL game
1979 - U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
1979 - Zimbabwe adopts constitution
1980 - Harold Carmichael ends NFL streak of 127 consecutive game receptions
1981 - Cincinnati beats Bradley 75-73 in 7 OTs (NCAA record)
1983 - Loretta Swit weds Dennis Holahan
1983 - Musical "Tap Dance Kid" with H Battle premieres in New York City
1983 - NBA Indiana Pacers end a 28 game road losing streak
1983 - NCAA rules rescinded last 2-minute men's basketball free throw rule
1983 - "Tap Dance Kid" opens at Broadhurst Theater New York City for 669 performances
1984 - Islander Kelly Hrudy's 1st shut-out win-Whalers 1-0
1984 - U.S.S.R. launches Vega 2 for fly-by of Halley's Come
1985 - Alice Miller/Don January wins LPGA Mazda Golf Championship
1985 - ARCO Anchorage runs aground near Port Angeles, WA
1985 - Heart's "Heart," album goes #1
1986 - 75th Davis Cup: Australia beats Sweden in Melbourne (3-2)
1986 - Amy Alcott/Bob Charles wins LPGA Mazda Golf Championship
1987 - 3 white New York teens convicted of manslaughter in death of a black man
1987 - Soyuz TM-4 launches 3 cosmonauts to space station Mir
1987 - Vladimir Titov and Musa Manarov launched
1988 - Drexel agrees guilt to security felonies, pays a $650 million fine
1988 - New York bound Pan Am jumbo jet explodes over Scotland all 258 aboard die
1988 - Vladimir Titov and Musa Manarov return to earth (a year) with Chretien
1989 - Dan Quayle sends out 30,000 Xmas cards with word beacon spelled beakon
1989 - Romania's dictator Nicolae Ceausescu's final speech (executed 12/25)
1990 - Steve and Mark Waugh complete 464* partnership for NSW vs. WA
1991 - 95 share in Madrid Spain $1.3 billion lottery (#47996)
1991 - El Sayid Nosair acquitted of killing Meir Kahane
1991 - Soviet Union formally dissolves 11 of 12 republics sign treaty forming Commonwealth of Independent States
1991 - U.S. actress Jane Fonda marries CNN-director Ted Turner
1992 - Dutch DC-10 in fire at landing on Faro Portugal, 56 die
1994 - Bomb goes off on #4 train on Fulton Street New York City
1995 - Martina Ertl of Germany wins her 3rd giant slalom world cup
1995 - San Francisco Giants announce plans to build a new stadium to open in 2000
1996 - Pakistan all out 67 to lose to Tasmania by an inning
1997 - Detroit Lions Barry Sanders is 3rd to run for 2,000 yards in a season
1997 - Detroit Lions linebacker Reggie Brown, knocked unconscious in game
1997 - Lexus Senior Golf Challenge
1997 - Wendy's Three-Tour LPGA Challenge
1997 - Wendy's Three-Tour Senior Golf Challenges


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