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Notable Historical Events for December 21st

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

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

1864General Sherman conquers Savannah, Georgia

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

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

1898Scientists Pierre & Marie Curie discovers radium

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

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

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

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

December 21st Historical Events
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Notable Birthdays on December 21st

1117Thomas Becket, Cheapside, London, archbishop of Canterbury (1162-1170), (d. 1170)

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

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

1958Actress Ingrid Bergman (43) weds producer Lars Schmidt

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

1762British Explorer Captain James Cook marries Elizabeth Batts

1947Actress Estelle Getty (24) weds Arthur Gettleman

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

1989Explorer Edmund Hillary (70) weds June Mulgrew

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

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

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

1937Frank Kellogg, US Secretary of State and Nobel laureate, dies at 80

December 21st Deaths
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