What Happened on December 21

Significant Events

  • 1620 103 Mayflower pilgrims land at Plymouth Rock [OS=Dec 11]
  • 1620 Mayflower Pilgrims arrive in Plymouth, Massachusetts
  • 1891 1st game of basketball, based on rules created by James Naismith, played by 18 students in Springfield, Massachusetts
  • 1898 French Scientists Pierre and Marie Curie discover radium
  • 1988 Lockerbie disaster: Pan Am Flight 103 destroyed mid air by a terrorist bomb killing all 258 on board over Scotland
  • 1991 Soviet Union formally dissolves as 11 of 12 republics sign treaty forming Commonwealth of Independent States
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Did You Know?

1st crossword puzzle (with 32 clues) printed in NY World

On December 21, 1913

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Famous Divorces

  • 1945 American author and journalist "The Old Man and the Sea" Ernest Hemingway and journalist Martha Gellhorn divorce after 5 years of marriage.
  • 2010 "The Lord of The Rings" actor Sean Bean (51) divorces actress Georgina Sutcliffe (32) due to irreconcilable differences after 2 years of marriage
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