What Happened on December 21

Historical Events

  • 1620 Mayflower Pilgrims come ashore in Plymouth Bay, traditionally thought to be at Plymouth Rock, Massachusetts [OS: Dec 11] [some sources disagree, and OS/NS adds to confusion, could be +/- several days]
  • 1898 Scientists Pierre and Marie Curie discover radium
  • 1968 Apollo 8: 1st manned Moon voyage launched with Frank Borman, Jim Lovell and William Anders

Dec 21 in Film & TV

  • 1937 "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs", the first full-length animated feature film and the earliest in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series, premieres at the Carthay Circle Theatre, Los Angeles

Dec 21 in Music

Dec 21 in Sport

  • 1891 1st game of basketball, based on rules created by James Naismith, played by 18 students in Springfield, Massachusetts

Did You Know?

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

On December 21, 1913

Would You Believe?

"Gangnam Style" by Psy becomes the first video to reach one billion views on YouTube

On December 21, 2012

Famous Weddings

Famous Divorces

  • 1945 American "For Whom The Bell Tolls" novelist Ernest Hemingway (46) and American novelist and war correspondent Martha Gellhorn (36) 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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