On This Day in History for December 21

Events in History

  • 1163 Hurricane hits villages in Holland/Friesland, causing floods
  • 1237 Mongolian forces take the Russian city of Ryazan after a five-day siege during their invasion of the Rus
  • 1248 Earthquake in England causes Wells' cathedral roof to collapse
  • 1561 Antoine Perrenot de Granvelle, Archbishop of Mechelen, made Cardinal
  • 1582 Flanders adopts the Gregorian calendar, skipping 11 days making the next day Jan 1, 1583
  • 1598 Battle of Curalaba: the Mapuche people led by Pelentaru revolt and inflict a major defeat on Spanish troops in southern Chile
  • 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]
  • 1650 Johan de Witt installed as Dutch Pensionary of Dordrecht
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Weddings in History

Divorces in History

  • 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.

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