On This Day

What Happened on December 21

Important Events

  • 1620 Mayflower Pilgrims come ashore at in Plymouth Bay, traditionally thought to be at Plymouth Rock, Massachusetts [OS=Dec 11]
  • 1898 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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Dec 21 in Film & TV

  • 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

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

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

On December 21, 1913

Would you believe this fact about today?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 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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