This was 356th day of the year and 10 days remained in the year.

December 21 Birthdays

Joseph Stalin
1879–1953, Soviet Communist Leader.

Henrietta Szold
Zionist leader (1860)

Michael Tilson Thomas
conductor, composer, and pianist (1944)

December 21 in History


The Pilgrims landed at Plymouth, Massachusetts.


The first basketball game, invented at Springfield College in Massachusetts by James E. Naismith, was played.


Pierre and Marie Curie discovered radium.


The first crossword puzzle was printed in the New York World.


Disney's Snow White, the first feature length color and sound cartoon, premiered.


Elvis Presley met with president Richard Nixon in the White House.


A terrorist bomb exploded aboard a Pan Am Boeing 747 over Lockerbie, Scotland, killing 270 people.


Eleven of the former Soviet republics form the Commonwealth of Independent States.


Palestinians took over the control of the city of Bethlehem.

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