21 DECEMBER
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • Jean Racine, 1639
  • Benjamin Disraeli, 1804
  • Albert Payson Terhune, 1872
  • Joseph Stalin, 1879
  • Walter Hagen, 1892
  • George W. Ball, 1909
  • Kurt Waldheim, 1918
  • Donald Regan, 1918
  • Paul Winchell, 1922
  • Phil Donohue, 1935
  • Jane Fonda, 1937
  • Frank Zappa, 1940
  • Michael Tilson Thomas, 1944
  • Carl Wilson, 1946
  • Samuel L. Jackson, 1948
  • Chris Evert, 1954
  • Ray Romano, 1957

Died On This Day:

  • F. Scott Fitzgerald, 1940
  • General George Patton killed, 1945
  • Jack Benny, 1974
  • Marc Connelly, 1980
  • Stella Adler, 1992

Today's Events:

  • 1624 - First Swedish colony in America granted but no takers until 1638.
  • 1911 - Illinois Supreme Court is first to rule that fingerprints are admissible as evidence.
  • 1913 - World's first crossword puzzle, by Arthur Wynne, is published in New York World; 32 clues.
  • 1930 - Times of London publishes its first crossword puzzle six years after the Sunday Express.
  • 1937 - Disney's 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,' world's first animated feature film, premieres at the Carthay Circle Theater in Hollywood.
  • 1948 - Ireland declares itself a republic, rather than British dominion; withdraws from Commonwealth.
  • 1958 - Charles de Gaulle elected President of France.
  • 1968 - Apollo 8 launched towards the moon.
  • 1988 - Libyan terrorist bomb kills 259 on London/NY Pan Am flight 103 at 7:03 p.m.; crashes in Scottish village, Lockerbie.
  • 2005 - First civil marriages for same-sex couples performed in register offices in England and Wales.
  • 2012 - Mayan calendar goes into the next b'ak'tun or cycle; new agers misinterpret this as a belief that the world will end.

Feast Day of Saint:

  • Thomas Didymus

Holiday:

  • Forefather's Day in New England commemorating the Mayflower landing at Plymouth in 1620

Non-Specific Holiday:

  • ADVENT SUNDAY, Sunday nearest to feast of Saint Andrew (Nov. 30) whether before or after.
  • CHANUKKA (Jewish Feast of Lights), eight day holiday beginning on 25th day of lunar month Kislev.
  • TSAO CHÜN, Festival of the Kitchen God in China (23rd day of the twelfth moon (or 24th in Kwantung)
  • CH'U HSI, Night of the Thirtieth (29th day of the twelfth moon)
  • KWANZAA - African American Heritage celebrated December 26 - January 1

 

 
   
 
 
 
 
 
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