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December 21 - Today in History
By Staff
Dec 21, 2014 - 12:00:00 AM

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1163 - Hurricane hits villages in Holland/Friesland, causing floods
1561 - Archbishop Granvelle installed
1582 - Flanders adopts Gregorian calendar, tomorrow is Jan 1 1583
1620 - 103 Mayflower pilgrims land at Plymouth Rock [OS=Dec 11]
1650 - Johan de Witt installed as Dutch pension advisor of Dordrecht
1688 - Pro-James II-earl of Devonshire occupies Nottingham
1762 - James Cook marries Elizabeth Batts
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)
1849 - 1st US skating club formed (Philadelphia)
1864 - General Sherman conquers Savannah
1866 - Cheyennes, Arapho's, Sioux, Fetterman Massacre
1891 - 18 students play 1st basketball game (Springfield College)
1898 - Scientists Pierre & Marie Curie discovers radium
1907 - Dutch government of De Master falls due to war budget
1909 - 1st junior high school established (Berkeley Calif)
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 - "Tillie's Punctured Romance," 1st six-reel feature comedy debut
1914 - 1st feature-length silent film comedy, "Tillie's Punctured Romance" released. (Marie Dressler, Mabel Normand & Charles Chaplin)
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
1921 - Supreme Court rules labor injunctions & picketing unconstitutional
1923 - Nepal changes from British protectorate to independent nation
1925 - Eisenstein's movie Potemkin premieres in Moscow
1925 - Stork Hendry scores 325 for Victoria against New Zealand
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 signs Shirley Temple, 5, to a studio contract
1933 - Newfoundland reverts to being a crown colony
1936 - Bradman's 2nd consecutive Test Cricket duck! Australia all out 80
1937 - 1st feature-length color & sound cartoon premieres (Snow White)
1939 - Hitler named Adolf Eichmann leader of "Referat IV B"
1941 - Chicago Bears Ray McLean makes last NFL drop kick for an extra point, winning the NFL championship
1941 - German submarine U-567 sinks
1941 - Last NFL drop kick for an extra point (Ray McLean, Chicago Bears)
1942 - US Supreme court declares Nevada separation legal
1944 - Cards' Marty Marion wins NL MVP
1946 - Earthquake in South Japan, kills 1,086
1948 - O'Neil Place in the Bronx erronously renamed O'Neill Place
1948 - State of Eire (formerly Irish Free State) declares its independence
1949 - Dutch 1st Chamber accept sovereignty of Indonesia
1951 - Joe DiMaggio announces his retirement
1952 - Broadway Tunnel opens in San Francisco
1954 - Dr Sam Sheppard's wife Marilyn is murdered (he is accused of crime)
1957 - Indonesia proclaims end to state of war
1958 - Charles De Gaulle wins 7 year term as 1st president of 5th Republic of France
1959 - 10th largest snowfall in NYC history (13.7")
1959 - Citizens of Deerfield Ill block building of interracial housing
1959 - Shah of Persia marries Farah Diba
1959 - Tom Landry accepts coaching job with Dallas Cowboys (stays until 1988)
1961 - Beatles record "Sweet Georgia Brown" & "Ready Teddy"
1961 - JFK & British PM MacMillan meet in Bermuda
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 California
1969 - Diana Ross final TV appearance as a Supreme (Ed Sullivan Show)
1969 - Vince Lombardi (Redskins) coaches his last football game, losing
1971 - UN Security Council chooses Kurt Waldheim as 4th secretary General
1972 - Soviet Union signs a separate peace with East Germany
1973 - Israel, Egypt, Syria, Jordan, US & USSR meet in Geneva
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 - Police in Des Plaines Ill, arrest John Wayne Gacy Jr for murder
1979 - Gary Unger plays in record 914th consecutive NHL game
1979 - USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
1979 - Zimbabwe adopts constitution
1980 - Harold Carmichael ends NFL streak of 127 consecutive game receptions
1981 - Cincinnati beats Bradley 75-73 in 7 OTs (NCAA record)
1983 - Loretta Swit weds Dennis Holahan
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 Comet
1985 - ARCO Anchorage runs aground near Port Angeles, Washington
1985 - Alice Miller/Don January wins LPGA Mazda Golf Championship
1985 - Heart's "Heart," album goes #1
1986 - 75th Davis Cup: Australia beats Sweden in Melbourne (3-2)
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 - NY bound Pan Am jumbo jet explodes over Scotland all 258 aboard die
1988 - Vladimir Titov & Musa Manarov return to earth (a year) with Chretien
1989 - Romania's dictator Nicolae Ceausescu's final speech (executed 12/25)
1989 - VP Quayle sends out 30,000 Xmas cards with word beacon spelled beakon
1991 - 95 share in Madrid Spain $1.3 billion lottery (#47996)
1991 - El Sayid Nosair acquitted of killing Meir Kahane
1991 - US actress Jane Fonda marries CNN-director Ted Turner
1991 - Soviet Union formally dissolves 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
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
1997 - Lexus Senior Golf Challenge
1997 - Wendy's Three-Tour Senior Golf Challenges

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