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Notable Historical Events on December 21st

1932Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers, 1st joint movie (Flying Down to Rio)

1933Fox Films signs Shirley Temple, 5, to a studio contract

1864General Sherman conquers Savannah, Georgia

2005Joe Sakic is named captain of the 2006 Team Canada Olympic team

1784John Jay becomes 1st US Secretary of State (foreign affairs)

1936Bradman's 2nd consecutive Test Cricket duck! Australia all out 80

1900Gerhart Hauptmann's "Michael Kramer" premieres in Berlin

1919J. Edgar Hoover deports anarchists/feminist Emma Goldman to Russia

1898Scientists Pierre & Marie Curie discovers radium

1959Tom Landry accepts coaching job with Dallas Cowboys (stays until 1988)

1978Police in Des Plaines Ill, arrest John Wayne Gacy for murder

1961Gangster Joe Gallo is sentenced to 7 to 14 years in state prison for extortion

1958Charles de Gaulle wins 7 year term as 1st pres of 5th Rep of France

1939Hitler named Adolf Eichmann leader of "Referat IV B"

December 21st Historical Events
Date Event
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) 
1864
General Sherman conquers Savannah, Georgia 
1866
Cheyennes, Arapho's, Sioux, Fetterman Massacre 
1890
Pim Mulier 1st & only trip to "Alvesteddetocht" 
1891
18 students play 1st basketball game (Springfield College) 
1894
Mackenzie Bowell becomes the 5th Prime Minister of Canada 
1898
Scientists Pierre & Marie Curie discovers 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 
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 debuts 
1914
1st feature-length silent film comedy "Tillie's Punctured Romance" released. (Marie Dressler, Mabel Normand & 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 
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
1st feature-length color & sound cartoon premieres (Snow White) 
1937
O'Reilly completes 14-98 for cricket match, NSW v South Aust 
1937
The first full-length cel 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 
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 
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 
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
Frank Capra's "It's a Wonderful Life" premieres 
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 
1949
Dutch 1st Chamber accept soeveregnty of Indonesia 
1950
Cole Porte's musical "Out of this World" premieres at New Century Theater NYC for 157 perfs 
1951
Joe DiMaggio announces his retirement 
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 
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) 
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 
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 
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 
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 
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 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 
1997
Lexus Senior Golf Challenge 
1997
Wendy's Three-Tour Senior Golf Challenges 
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. 
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 13.0.0.0.0 
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 
2015
Motorcycle bomb kills 6 NATO service members 
2015
Grand jury decides against indictments in Sandra Bland case 
2015
FDA lifts lifetime ban on gay men donating blood 
2015
Hezbollah vows revenge on Israel after death of senior militant Samir Kuntar 
2015
Iranians hacked into New York dam 
2016
Volkswagen Agrees to Buy Back or Fix Remaining Diesel Cars 
2016
Explosion at Fireworks Market in Mexico Kills at Least 27 
2016
Islamic state claims responsibility for Berlin truck attack 
2016
At Least 20 Reported Dead as Congolese Security Forces Fire on Protesters 
2016
US EPA estimates new VW diesel settlement worth about $1 billion 
2016
Turkey tells US that cleric Gulen was behind Russian diplomat's killing 
2016
Obama bans oil drilling 'permanently' in millions of acres of ocean 
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