Historical Events on 21st December

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1163 - Hurricane hits villages in Holland/Friesland, causing floods
1561 - Antoine Perrenot de Granvelle, Archbishop of Mechelen, made Cardinal
1582 - Flanders adopts Gregorian calendar, tomorrow is Jan 1 1583
1598 - Battle of Curalaba: The revolting Mapuche, led by cacique Pelentaru, inflict a major defeat on Spanish troops in southern Chile; all Spanish cities south of the Biobio river are eventually taken by the Mapuches, and all conquest of Mapuche territories by Europeans practically ceases, until the 1870s "Pacification of Araucania".
1620 - 103 Mayflower pilgrims land at Plymouth Rock [OS=Dec 11]
1650 - Johan de Witt installed as Dutch pension advisor of Dordrecht
1784 - John Jay becomes 1st US Secretary of State (foreign affairs)
1788 - Hue Tay Son becomes emperor Quang Trung of Vietnam
1829 - 1st stone arch railroad bridge in US dedicated, Baltimore
1835 - HMS Beagle sails into Bay of Islands (New Zealand)
1844 - The Rochdale Pioneers commence business at their cooperative in Rochdale, England, starting the Cooperative movement.
1849 - 1st US skating club formed (Phila)
Union General William Tecumseh ShermanUnion General William Tecumseh Sherman 1864 - General Sherman conquers Savannah, Georgia
1866 - Cheyennes, Arapho's, Sioux, Fetterman Massacre
1890 - Pim Mulier 1st & only trip to "Alvesteddetocht"
1891 - 1st game of basketball, based on rules created by James Naismith, played by 18 students in Springfield, Massachusetts
1894 - Mackenzie Bowell becomes the 5th Prime Minister of Canada
1898 - Scientists Pierre and Marie Curie discover radium
1900 - Gerhart Hauptmann's "Michael Kramer" premieres in Berlin
1906 - British Parliament pass two important pieces of social legislation: The Trades Disputes Bill, legalizing peaceful picketing, and The Workingmen's Compensation Act, broadening employers' liability for accidents
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 NYC
Author and Nobel Laureate Gerhart HauptmannAuthor and Nobel Laureate Gerhart Hauptmann 1909 - U 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 & Sweden declare neutrality in Comende war
1913 - 1st crossword puzzle (with 32 clues) printed in NY World
1914 - 1st feature-length silent film comedy "Tillie's Punctured Romance" released starring Marie Dressler, Mabel Normand and Charles Chaplin
1914 - 2,800 African miners strike at the Van Rhyn Deep mines in a bid to redress some of their grievances
1915 - 10.17" (25.83 cm) of rainfall, Glenora, Oregon (state record)
1918 - Red Sox trade Dutch Leonard, Ernie Shore & Duffy Lewis to Yankees for Ray Caldwell & Slim Love, Frank Gilhooey, Al Walters & $15,000
1919 - J. Edgar Hoover deports anarchists/feminist Emma Goldman to Russia
1920 - Jerome Kern/BG DeSylva's musical "Sally" premieres in NYC
1921 - Supreme Court rules labor injunctions & picketing unconstitutional
First Director of the FBI J. Edgar HooverFirst Director of the FBI J. Edgar Hoover 1923 - Nepal changes from British protectorate to independent nation
1925 - Eisenstein's movie Battleship Potemkin premieres in Moscow
1925 - Stork Hendry scores 325 for Victoria against NZ
1926 - Soccer team DOS Struggle forms
1929 - 1st group hospital insurance plan offered (Dallas Tx)
1932 - Fred Astaire & 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, Univ of Pennsylvania
1933 - Fox Films signs Shirley Temple, 5, to a studio contract
1933 - Newfoundland reverts to being a crown colony of Great Britain
1936 - Bradman's 2nd consecutive Test Cricket duck! Australia all out 80
1937 - O'Reilly completes 14-98 for cricket match, NSW v South Aust
1937 - The first full-length animated feature film and the earliest in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series, "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs", premieres at the Carthay Circle Theatre
Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf HitlerDictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler 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
1942 - US Supreme court declares Nevada separation legal
1944 - Cards' Marty Marion wins NL MVP
1945 - "Billion Dollar Baby" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 219 performances
1945 - Gould/Comden/Green's "Billion Dollar Baby" premieres in NYC
1946 - "If the Shoe Fits" closes at Century Theater NYC after 20 performances
1946 - Earthquake in South Japan, kills 1,086
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
1948 - 1949 NFL Draft: Chuck Bednarik from University of Pennsylvania first pick by Philadelphia Eagles
1949 - Dutch 1st Chamber accept soeveregnty of Indonesia
Actress and Inventor Hedy LamarrActress and Inventor Hedy Lamarr 1949 - "Samson and Delilah", directed and produced by Cecil B. DeMille, starring Hedy Lamarr and Victor Mature, premieres in New York
1950 - Cole Porte's musical "Out of this World" premieres at New Century Theater NYC for 157 perfs
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
1955 - 2nd National Film Awards (India): "Mirza Ghalib" wins the Golden Lotus
1956 - Martin Luther King and others sit in the new integrated bus
1957 - Indonesia proclaims end to state of war
1958 - Charles de Gaulle wins 7 year term as 1st pres of 5th Rep of France
1959 - 10th largest snowfall in NYC history (13.7")
1959 - Citizens of Deerfield Ill block building of interracial housing
1959 - Tom Landry accepts coaching job with Dallas Cowboys (stays until 1988)
NFL Head Coach Tom LandryNFL Head Coach Tom Landry 1961 - Beatles record "Sweet Georgia Brown" & "Ready Teddy"
1961 - JFK & British PM MacMillan meet in Bermuda
1961 - Gangster Joe Gallo is sentenced to 7 to 14 years in state prison for extortion
1962 - Angolin leaves Comecon
1962 - US & Cuba accord, releases bay of pigs captive
1966 - USSR launches Luna 13; soft-landed in Oceanus Procellarum
1968 - Apollo 8 (Borman, Lovell & Anders) 1st manned Moon voyage
1968 - David Crosby, Stephen Stills & Graham Nash premiere together in Calif
1969 - Diana Ross final TV appearance as a Supreme (Ed Sullivan Show)
1969 - Vince Lombardi (Redskins) coaches his last football game
1970 - WUTV TV channel 29 in Buffalo, NY (IND) begins broadcasting
1971 - UN Security Council chooses Kurt Waldheim as 4th secretary General
Gangster Joe GalloGangster Joe Gallo 1971 - A publican is killed as he tried to remove a bomb from his pub, Northern Ireland
1972 - Soviet Union signs a separate peace with East Germany
1973 - Israel, Egypt, Syria, Jordan, US & USSR meet in Geneva to discuss the Arab-Israeli conflict
1973 - 3rd Fiesta Bowl: #10 Arizona State beats Pittsburgh, 28-7
1974 - "The Sea of Hands", Raiders RB Clarence Davis somehow catches game-winning touchdown pass among "the sea of hands" of three Dolphins defenders with 24 seconds left in the game, eliminating Miami from the playoffs after they had made it to the Super Bowl in each of the last 3 seasons
1975 - "Hello, Dolly" closes at Minskoff Theater NYC after 51 performances
1975 - "Very Good Eddie" opens at Booth Theater NYC for 307 performances
1975 - 1st NY Jet to gain 1,000 yards rushing (John Riggins)
1975 - 64th Davis Cup: Sweden beats Czechoslovakia in Stockholm (3-2)
1975 - Madagascar adopts constitution
1975 - Buffalo Sabres set NHL record of 40 points beating Caps 14-2 scoring 5 goals vs Washington Caps in 4:57
1976 - 20th Islander shut-out opponent-Billy Smith 3-0 vs Bruins
1976 - Patricia R Harris named secretary of HUD
1976 - UN General Assembly passes a resolution declaring 1979-Year of Child
1976 - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1978 - "Broadway Musical" opens/closes at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC
Serial Killer John Wayne GacySerial Killer John Wayne Gacy 1978 - Police in Des Plaines Ill, arrest John Wayne Gacy for murder
1979 - Gary Unger plays in record 914th consecutive NHL game
1979 - USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
1979 - New constitution for Zimbabwe agreed
1980 - Harold Carmichael ends NFL streak of 127 consecutive game receptions
1981 - Cincinnati beats Bradley 75-73 in 7 OTs (NCAA record)
1983 - Musical "Tap Dance Kid" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 669 performances
1983 - NBA Indiana Pacers end a 28 game road losing streak
1983 - NCAA rules rescinded last 2-minute men's basketball free throw rule
1984 - Islander Kelly Hrudy's 1st shut-out win-Whalers 1-0
1984 - USSR launches Vega 2 for fly-by of Halley's Come
1985 - ARCO Anchorage runs aground near Port Angeles, WA
1985 - Alice Miller/Don January wins LPGA Mazda Golf Championship
1985 - Heart's "Heart" album goes #1
1986 - Amy Alcott/Bob Charles wins LPGA Mazda Golf Championship
1987 - 3 white NY teens convicted of manslaughter in death of a black man
1987 - Soyuz TM-4 launches 3 cosmonauts to space station Mir
1987 - Vladimir Titov & Musa Manarov launched
1988 - Drexel agrees guilt to security felonies, pays a $650 million fine
1988 - Vladimir Titov & Musa Manarov return to earth (a year) with Chretien
1988 - Lockerbie disaster: Pan Am Flight 103 destroyed mid air by a terrorist bomb killing all 258 on board over Scotland
1989 - VP Quayle sends out 30,000 Xmas cards with word beacon spelled beakon
1989 - New Zealand is the first country to set a formal inflation target (0-2%) for how much prices should rise each year. Similar targets are subsequently adopted by most developed countries.
1990 - Steve & Mark Waugh complete 464* partnership for NSW v 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 as 11 of 12 republics sign treaty forming Commonwealth of Independent States
1992 - Dutch DC-10 in fire at landing on Faro Portugal, 56 die
1994 - Bomb goes off on #4 train on Fulton Street NYC
1995 - Martina Ertl of Germany wins her 3rd giant slalom world cup
1995 - SF Giants announce plans to build a new stadium to open in 2000
1995 - The city of Bethlehem passes from Israeli to Palestinian control.
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
1999 - The Spanish Civil Guard intercepts a van loaded with 950 kg of explosives that ETA intended to use to blow up Torre Picasso in Madrid.
NHL Legend Joe SakicNHL Legend Joe Sakic 2005 - Joe Sakic is named captain of the 2006 Team Canada Olympic team
2006 - Puzzle Play aired to network Ten, replacing In the Box
2007 - The Schengen Agreement area increases to include 9 European Union member states; Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, and Slovenia on land and sea borders.
2012 - 39 people are killed in violent clashes in Kenya
2012 - The Mesoamerican Long Count calendar reaches the date
2012 - "Gangnam Style" becomes the first video to reach one billion views on YouTube
2012 - The NHL announces a further cancellation of games until January 14 brining the total number of cancelled games to 625

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