On This Day: December 21st

This is 356th day of the year and 10 days remain in the year.

in history
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.
December 21 Birthdays
Joseph Stalin1879–1953, Soviet Communist Leader.
Florence Griffith-Joynersprinter
Frank Zapparock musician , composer, and pianist
Samuel L. Jacksonactor
Chris Everttennis player
Ray Romanocomedian, actor
Kiefer Sutherlandactor
Julie Delpyactor
Jackie Stilesbasketball player
Jane Fondaactress
Benjamin Disraelistatesman
Josh Gibsonbaseball player
Dame Rebecca Westnovelist and critic
Henrietta SzoldZionist leader
Michael Tilson Thomasconductor, composer, and pianist

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