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Notable Historical Events for December 21st

1894Mackenzie Bowell becomes the 5th Prime Minister of Canada

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

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

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

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

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

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

1898Scientists Pierre & Marie Curie discovers radium

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

December 21st Historical Events
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Notable Birthdays on December 21st

1948Samuel L. Jackson, Washington DC, actor (Amos & Andrew, White Sand, Pulp Fiction)

1937Jane Fonda, NYC, actress (Barbarella, Klute), physically fit

1954[Christine] Chris Evert, Fort Lauderdale Florida, tennis champion (18 singles Gram Slams, 3 doubles titles)

1892Walter Hagen, Rochester NY, PGA golfer (US Open 1914, 19)

December 21st Birthdays
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Notable Weddings on December 21st

1991Actress Jane Fonda (55) weds CNN founder Ted Turner at the groom's home in north Florida

1886Founder of Girl Scouts of the USA Juliette Gordon Low (26) weds William Mackay Low in Savannah, Georgia

1996Famous singer Lionel Richie (47) weds clothing designer Diane Alexander (30) at Metropolitan Club in New York

2008Talk show host Craig Ferguson (46) weds art dealer Megan Wallace Cunningham (26) in Chester, Vermont

1989Explorer Edmund Hillary (70) weds June Mulgrew

1947Actress Estelle Getty (24) weds Arthur Gettleman

1762British Explorer Captain James Cook marries Elizabeth Batts

1958Actress Ingrid Bergman (43) weds producer Lars Schmidt

December 21st Weddings
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December 21st Divorces
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Notable Deaths on December 21st

1940F Scott Fitzgerald, author (Zelda), dies of a heart attack at 44

1945George S Patton, US General (Sicily/Normandy), dies of congestive heart failure at 60

December 21st Deaths
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