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December 21st, 2069 (December 21 2069)EventThe end of the Year of the four emperors: Following Galba, Otho and Vitellius, Vespasian becomes the fourth Emperor of Rome within a year.
December 21st, 2007 (December 21 2007)EventThe Schengen Agreement area increases to include 9 European Union member states; Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, and Slovenia on land and sea borders.
December 21st, 2007 (December 21 2007)DeathKen Hendricks, American businessman (born in 1941)
December 21st, 2006 (December 21 2006)DeathScobie Breasley, Australian jockey (born in 1914)
December 21st, 2006 (December 21 2006)DeathSaparmurat Niyazov, President of Turkmenistan (born in 1940)
December 21st, 2005 (December 21 2005)DeathElrod Hendricks, American baseball player and coach (born in 1940)
December 21st, 2004 (December 21 2004)DeathAutar Singh Paintal, Indian medical scientist (born in 1925)
December 21st, 2003 (December 21 2003)DeathPrince Alfonso of Hohenlohe-Langenburg, Spanish playboy and businessman (born in 1924)
December 21st, 2001 (December 21 2001)DeathDick Schaap, American sports journalist (born in 1934)
December 21st, 1999 (December 21 1999)EventThe Spanish Civil Guard intercepts a van loaded with 950 kg of explosives that ETA intended to use to blow up Torre Picasso in Madrid.
December 21st, 1998 (December 21 1998)DeathRoger Avon, Durham actor (born in 1914)
December 21st, 1998 (December 21 1998)DeathKarl Denver, Scottish singer (b 1931)
December 21st, 1998 (December 21 1998)DeathErnst Gunther Schenck, German doctor who joined the Sturmabteilung in 1933 {born in 1904)
December 21st, 1997 (December 21 1997)DeathAmie Comeaux, American country music singer (born in 1976)
December 21st, 1995 (December 21 1995)EventThe city of Bethlehem passes from Israeli to Palestinian control.
December 21st, 1992 (December 21 1992)EventA Dutch DC-10, flight Martinair MP 495, crashes at Faro Airport (Portugal), killing 56 people.
December 21st, 1992 (December 21 1992)DeathAlbert King, American blues musician (born in 1924)
December 21st, 1992 (December 21 1992)DeathNathan Milstein, Ukrainian violinist (born in 1903)
December 21st, 1991 (December 21 1991)EventCharilaos Florakis is elected honorary president of the Communist Party of Greece.
December 21st, 1990 (December 21 1990)DeathClarence "Kelly" Johnson, American aeronautical engineer (Lockheed Skunk Works; born in 1910)
December 21st, 1989 (December 21 1989)EventThe Romanian Revolution of 1989 moves from Timisoara to Bucharest.
December 21st, 1988 (December 21 1988)EventA bomb explodes on board Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland, killing 270.
December 21st, 1988 (December 21 1988)DeathNikolaas Tinbergen, Dutch ornithologist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (born in 1907)
December 21st, 1987 (December 21 1987)EventThe passenger ferry Dona Paz sinks after colliding with the oil tanker Vector 1 in the Tablas Strait in the Philippines, killing 1,565.
December 21st, 1987 (December 21 1987)BirthValerie Concepcion, Filipino Actress
December 21st, 1987 (December 21 1987)DeathJohn Spence, founding No Doubt member (born in 1969)
December 21st, 1985 (December 21 1985)BirthJames Stewart Jr., American motorcycle racer
December 21st, 1984 (December 21 1984)BirthDarren Potter, Irish footballer
December 21st, 1983 (December 21 1983)DeathPaul de Man, Belgian-born literary critic (born in 1919)
December 21st, 1982 (December 21 1982)BirthMike Gansey, American basketball player
December 21st, 1982 (December 21 1982)BirthErica Hayden, American journalist and radio personality
December 21st, 1982 (December 21 1982)BirthPhilip Humber, American baseball player
December 21st, 1982 (December 21 1982)BirthIljo Keisse, Belgian cyclist
December 21st, 1981 (December 21 1981)BirthCristian Zaccardo, Italian football player
December 21st, 1981 (December 21 1981)BirthLynda Thomas, Mexican singer
December 21st, 1981 (December 21 1981)BirthSajid Mahmood, English cricketer
December 21st, 1981 (December 21 1981)BirthFrankie Abernathy, Former The Real World: San Diego castmate. (died in 2007)
December 21st, 1981 (December 21 1981)DeathAllan Dwan, Canadian-born American director and screenwriter (born in 1885)
December 21st, 1979 (December 21 1979)EventLancaster House Agreement: An independence agreement for Rhodesia is signed in London by Lord Carrington, Sir Ian Gilmour, Robert Mugabe, Joshua Nkomo, Bishop Abel Muzorewa and S.C. Mundawarara.Robert Mugabe Quotes
December 21st, 1979 (December 21 1979)BirthTuva Novotny, Swedish actress and singer
December 21st, 1978 (December 21 1978)BirthMike Vitar, American actor
December 21st, 1976 (December 21 1976)BirthMirela Manjani, Greek javelin thrower
December 21st, 1975 (December 21 1975)BirthPaloma Herrera, Argentine ballet dancer
December 21st, 1974 (December 21 1974)BirthKarrie Webb, Australian golfer
December 21st, 1974 (December 21 1974)DeathJames Henry Govier, British artist (born in 1910)Henry James Quotes
December 21st, 1974 (December 21 1974)DeathRichard Long, American actor (born in 1927)
December 21st, 1973 (December 21 1973)EventThe Geneva Conference on the Arab-Israeli conflict opens.
December 21st, 1973 (December 21 1973)BirthKarmen Stavec, German-born Slovenian singer
December 21st, 1973 (December 21 1973)BirthMike Alstott, American football player
December 21st, 1972 (December 21 1972)BirthLatroy Hawkins, baseball player
December 21st, 1972 (December 21 1972)BirthErwin Schrott, Uruguayan opera singer
December 21st, 1972 (December 21 1972)BirthDustin Hermanson, baseball player
December 21st, 1972 (December 21 1972)DeathThomas the Apostle
December 21st, 1971 (December 21 1971)EventThe United Nations Security Council chooses Kurt Waldheim to succeed U Thant as Secretary-General.U Thant Quotes
December 21st, 1971 (December 21 1971)BirthMathieu Chedid, French musician
December 21st, 1971 (December 21 1971)BirthFenton Keogh, Australian celebrity chef
December 21st, 1971 (December 21 1971)BirthBrett Scallions, American singer (Fuel, The X s)
December 21st, 1970 (December 21 1970)BirthJamie Theakston, English television presenter
December 21st, 1969 (December 21 1969)BirthJulie Delpy, French actress
December 21st, 1969 (December 21 1969)BirthMihails Zemlinskis, Latvian footballer
December 21st, 1968 (December 21 1968)EventApollo program: Apollo 8, the first manned mission to the moon, is launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. At 2h:50m:37s Mission elapsed time (MES), the crew performs the first ever manned Trans Lunar Injection and become the first humans to leave Earth s gravity.
December 21st, 1967 (December 21 1967)EventLouis Washkansky, the first man to undergo a heart transplant, dies in Cape Town, South Africa, after living for 18 days.
December 21st, 1967 (December 21 1967)BirthMikhail Saakashvili, Soviet-born President of Georgia
December 21st, 1967 (December 21 1967)DeathStuart Erwin, American actor (born in 1903)
December 21st, 1966 (December 21 1966)BirthKiefer Sutherland, British-born Canadian actorKiefer Sutherland Quotes
December 21st, 1966 (December 21 1966)BirthKarri Turner, American actress
December 21st, 1965 (December 21 1965)BirthAndy Dick, American actor and comedian
December 21st, 1965 (December 21 1965)BirthAnke Engelke, German comedianAnke Engelke Quotes
December 21st, 1965 (December 21 1965)DeathClaude Champagne, Quebec composer (born in 1891)
December 21st, 1964 (December 21 1964)BirthRob Kelly, English football manager
December 21st, 1964 (December 21 1964)BirthFabiana Udenio, Argentine actress
December 21st, 1964 (December 21 1964)DeathCarl Van Vechten, American writer and photographer (born in 1880)
December 21st, 1962 (December 21 1962)EventRondane National Park is established as Norway s first national park.
December 21st, 1961 (December 21 1961)BirthFrancis Ng, Hong Kong actor
December 21st, 1961 (December 21 1961)BirthRyuji Sasai, Japanese composer
December 21st, 1960 (December 21 1960)BirthLouis Demetrius Alvanis, London-based pianist
December 21st, 1960 (December 21 1960)BirthRoger McDowell, Former Major League Baseball Pitcher
December 21st, 1960 (December 21 1960)BirthAndy Van Slyke, baseball player
December 21st, 1959 (December 21 1959)BirthFlorence Griffith Joyner, American sprinter (died in 1998)
December 21st, 1959 (December 21 1959)DeathRosanjin, Japanese calligrapher, restaurateur and ceramicist (born in 1883)
December 21st, 1958 (December 21 1958)EventFrench presidential election: Charles de Gaulle is elected President of France as his Union des Democrates pour la Republique party gain 78.5% of the vote.Charles de Gaulle Quotes
December 21st, 1958 (December 21 1958)DeathLion Feuchtwanger, German writer (born in 1884)An Wang Quotes
December 21st, 1957 (December 21 1957)BirthTom Henke, American baseball player
December 21st, 1957 (December 21 1957)BirthRay Romano, Italian-American comedianRay Romano Quotes
December 21st, 1957 (December 21 1957)DeathEric Coates, English composer (born in 1886)
December 21st, 1956 (December 21 1956)BirthLee Roy Parnell, American country singer
December 21st, 1955 (December 21 1955)BirthJane Kaczmarek, American actress
December 21st, 1955 (December 21 1955)BirthKazuyuki Sekiguchi, Japanese musician
December 21st, 1954 (December 21 1954)BirthChris Evert, American tennis player
December 21st, 1953 (December 21 1953)BirthBetty Wright, American singer
December 21st, 1952 (December 21 1952)BirthJoaquin Andujar, baseball player
December 21st, 1951 (December 21 1951)BirthNick Gilder, English musician (Sweeney Todd)
December 21st, 1950 (December 21 1950)BirthJeffrey Katzenberg, American producer
December 21st, 1950 (December 21 1950)BirthLillebjorn Nilsen, Norwegian singer-songwriter
December 21st, 1949 (December 21 1949)BirthNikolaos Sifounakis, Greek politician
December 21st, 1948 (December 21 1948)BirthSamuel L. Jackson, American actor
December 21st, 1948 (December 21 1948)BirthWilli Resetarits, Austrian musician
December 21st, 1948 (December 21 1948)BirthDave Kingman, baseball player
December 21st, 1947 (December 21 1947)BirthPaco de Lucia, Spanish musician
December 21st, 1947 (December 21 1947)BirthBryan Hamilton, Northern Irish footballer
December 21st, 1946 (December 21 1946)BirthCarl Wilson, American musician (The Beach Boys) (died in 1998)
December 21st, 1946 (December 21 1946)BirthChristopher Keene, American conductor (died in 1995)
December 21st, 1945 (December 21 1945)DeathGeorge S. Patton, U.S. general (born in 1885)George S. Patton Quotes
December 21st, 1944 (December 21 1944)BirthZheng Xiaoyu, Chinese bureaucrat (died in 2007)
December 21st, 1944 (December 21 1944)BirthMichael Tilson Thomas, American conductor
December 21st, 1944 (December 21 1944)BirthBill Atkinson, English footballer
December 21st, 1943 (December 21 1943)BirthAndre Arthur. Quebec radio host
December 21st, 1942 (December 21 1942)BirthHu Jintao, Chinese president
December 21st, 1942 (December 21 1942)BirthReinhard Mey, German singer
December 21st, 1942 (December 21 1942)BirthCarla Thomas, American singer
December 21st, 1940 (December 21 1940)BirthFrank Zappa, American musician (died in 1993)Frank Zappa Quotes
December 21st, 1940 (December 21 1940)BirthRay Hildebrand, American singer (Paul & Paula)
December 21st, 1940 (December 21 1940)DeathF. Scott Fitzgerald, American writer (born in 1896)F. Scott Fitzgerald Quotes
December 21st, 1939 (December 21 1939)BirthLloyd Axworthy, Canadian politician
December 21st, 1937 (December 21 1937)BirthJane Fonda, American actress
December 21st, 1937 (December 21 1937)BirthDonald F. Munson, American politician
December 21st, 1937 (December 21 1937)DeathFrank B. Kellogg, United States Secretary of State, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (born in 1856)
December 21st, 1935 (December 21 1935)BirthJohn G. Avildsen, American film director
December 21st, 1935 (December 21 1935)BirthLorenzo Bandini, Italian racecar driver (died in 1967)
December 21st, 1935 (December 21 1935)BirthYusuf Bey (Joseph Stephens), American activist (died in 2003)
December 21st, 1935 (December 21 1935)BirthPhil Donahue, American talk show host
December 21st, 1935 (December 21 1935)BirthEdward Schreyer, Canadian politician, Premier of Manitoba
December 21st, 1935 (December 21 1935)DeathKurt Tucholsky, German journalist and satirist (born in 1890)
December 21st, 1933 (December 21 1933)DeathKnud Johan Victor Rasmussen, Greenlandic polar explorer and anthropologist (born in 1879)
December 21st, 1932 (December 21 1932)BirthEdward Hoagland, American essayist
December 21st, 1926 (December 21 1926)BirthJoe Paterno, American football coach
December 21st, 1923 (December 21 1923)BirthIntizar Hussain, Urdu writer and columnist of Pakistan
December 21st, 1922 (December 21 1922)BirthPaul Winchell, American ventriloquist (died in 2005)
December 21st, 1921 (December 21 1921)BirthMaila Nurmi, aka Vampira, Finnish-born American actress (died in 2008)
December 21st, 1921 (December 21 1921)BirthJohn Severin, American comics artist
December 21st, 1920 (December 21 1920)BirthAlicia Alonso, Cuban ballerina
December 21st, 1920 (December 21 1920)BirthBob Bindig, cartoonist (died in 2006)
December 21st, 1920 (December 21 1920)BirthJean Gascon, Canadian actor (died in 1988)
December 21st, 1918 (December 21 1918)BirthDonald Regan, American White House Chief of Staff (died in 2003)
December 21st, 1918 (December 21 1918)BirthKurt Waldheim, Austrian United Nations Secretary-General and Federal President of Austria (died in 2007)
December 21st, 1917 (December 21 1917)BirthHeinrich Boll, German writer and Nobel laureate (died in 1985)
December 21st, 1917 (December 21 1917)BirthSophie Masloff, American politician
December 21st, 1915 (December 21 1915)BirthWerner von Trapp, member of the Trapp Family Singers (died in 2007)
December 21st, 1914 (December 21 1914)BirthIvan Generalic, Austro-Hungarian-born Croatian painter (died in 1992)
December 21st, 1913 (December 21 1913)EventArthur Wynne s "word-cross", the first crossword puzzle, is published in the New York World.
December 21st, 1911 (December 21 1911)BirthJosh Gibson, American baseball player (died in 1947)
December 21st, 1909 (December 21 1909)BirthSeicho Matsumoto, Japanese mystery writer and journalist (died in 1992)
December 21st, 1905 (December 21 1905)BirthAnthony Powell, British author (died in 2000)Anthony Powell Quotes
December 21st, 1900 (December 21 1900)DeathRoger Wolcott, American political figure, 39th Governor of Massachusetts (born in 1847)
December 21st, 1896 (December 21 1896)BirthLeroy Robertson, American composer (died in 1971)
December 21st, 1892 (December 21 1892)BirthWalter Hagen, American golfer (died in 1969)
December 21st, 1892 (December 21 1892)BirthRebecca West, American writer (died in 1983)
December 21st, 1892 (December 21 1892)BirthAmy Key Clarke, English mystical poet
December 21st, 1891 (December 21 1891)BirthJohn William McCormack, American politician (died in 1980)
December 21st, 1890 (December 21 1890)BirthHermann Joseph Muller, American geneticist and Nobel laureate (died in 1967)
December 21st, 1889 (December 21 1889)BirthSewall Wright, American biologist (died in 1988)
December 21st, 1889 (December 21 1889)DeathFriedrich August von Quenstedt, German geologist (born in 1809)
December 21st, 1885 (December 21 1885)BirthFrank Patrick, hockey player (died in 1960)
December 21st, 1883 (December 21 1883)EventThe first Permanent Force cavalry and infantry regiments of the Canadian Army are formed: The Royal Canadian Dragoons and The Royal Canadian Regiment.
December 21st, 1879 (December 21 1879)BirthJoseph Stalin, U.S.S.R LeaderJoseph Stalin Quotes
December 21st, 1878 (December 21 1878)BirthJan Lukasiewicz, Polish philosopher and mathematician (died in 1956) Philo Quotes
December 21st, 1876 (December 21 1876)BirthJack Lang (John Thomas Lang), Premier of New South Wales (died in 1975)
December 21st, 1873 (December 21 1873)BirthBlagoje Bersa, Croatian composer (died in 1934)
December 21st, 1873 (December 21 1873)DeathFrancis Garnier, French explorer (born in 1839)
December 21st, 1872 (December 21 1872)EventChallenger expedition: HMS Challenger, commanded by Captain George Nares, sails from Portsmouth.
December 21st, 1872 (December 21 1872)BirthSidney Ainsworth, British actor (died in 1922)
December 21st, 1872 (December 21 1872)BirthDon Lorenzo Perosi, Italian composer (died in 1956)
December 21st, 1872 (December 21 1872)BirthAlbert Payson Terhune, American author (died in 1942)
December 21st, 1861 (December 21 1861)EventMedal of Honor: Public Resolution 82, containing a provision for a Navy Medal of Valor, is signed into law by President Abraham Lincoln.Abraham Lincoln Quotes
December 21st, 1859 (December 21 1859)BirthGustave Kahn, French poet (died in 1936)
December 21st, 1851 (December 21 1851)BirthThomas Chipman McRae, American politician, 34th Governor of Arkansas (died in 1929)
December 21st, 1850 (December 21 1850)BirthZdenek Fibich, Bohemian composer (died in 1900)
December 21st, 1844 (December 21 1844)EventThe Rochdale Pioneers commence business at their cooperative in Rochdale, England, starting the Cooperative movement.
December 21st, 1843 (December 21 1843)BirthThomas Bracken, Irish-born New Zealander poet (died in 1898)Thomas Bracken Quotes
December 21st, 1832 (December 21 1832)BirthJohn H. Ketcham, American politician (died in 1906)
December 21st, 1824 (December 21 1824)DeathJames Parkinson, English physician, geologist, paleontologist, and political activist (born in 1755)
December 21st, 1818 (December 21 1818)BirthAmalia of Oldenburg, Queen of Greece (died in 1875)
December 21st, 1815 (December 21 1815)BirthThomas Couture French painter and teacher (died in 1879)
December 21st, 1811 (December 21 1811)BirthArchibald Campbell Tait, Archbishop of Canterbury (died in 1882)
December 21st, 1807 (December 21 1807)DeathJohn Newton, English cleric and hymnist (born in 1725)John Newton Quotes
December 21st, 1805 (December 21 1805)BirthThomas Graham, British chemist (died in 1869)
December 21st, 1804 (December 21 1804)BirthBenjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (died in 1881)Benjamin Disraeli Quotes
December 21st, 1795 (December 21 1795)BirthLeopold von Ranke, German historian (died in 1886)Leopold von Ranke Quotes
December 21st, 1778 (December 21 1778)BirthAnders Sandoe Orsted, Danish politician (died in 1860)
December 21st, 1714 (December 21 1714)BirthJohn Bradstreet, Canadian-born soldier (died in 1774)
December 21st, 1620 (December 21 1620)EventPlymouth Colony: William Bradford and the Mayflower Pilgrims land on what is now known as Plymouth Rock in Plymouth, Massachusetts.William Bradford Quotes
December 21st, 1603 (December 21 1603)BirthRoger Williams, English theologian and colonist (died in 1684)Roger Williams Quotes
December 21st, 1598 (December 21 1598)EventBattle of Curalaba: The revolting Mapuche, led by cacique Pelentaru, inflict a major defeat on Spaniards troops in southern Chile; all Spanish cities south of the Biobio river are eventually taken by the Mapuches, and all conquest of Mapuche territories by Europeans practically ceases, until the 1870s "Pacification of Araucania".
December 21st, 1597 (December 21 1597)DeathPetrus Canisius, Dutch Jesuit (born in 1521)
December 21st, 1596 (December 21 1596)BirthPetro Mohyla, Moldovan Orthodox Metropolitan Bishop of Kiev and Galicia (died in 1646)
December 21st, 1579 (December 21 1579)DeathVicente Masip, Spanish painter
December 21st, 1549 (December 21 1549)DeathMarguerite of Navarre, wife of Henry II of Navarre (born in 1492)
December 21st, 1504 (December 21 1504)DeathBertold von Henneberg-Romhild, German archbishop and elector (born in 1442)
December 21st, 1401 (December 21 1401)BirthTommaso Masaccio, Italian painter (died in 1428)
December 21st, 1375 (December 21 1375)DeathGiovanni Boccaccio, Italian writer (born in 1313)Giovanni Boccaccio Quotes
December 21st, 1308 (December 21 1308)DeathHenry I of Hesse (born in 1244)
December 21st, 1295 (December 21 1295)DeathMarguerite Berenger of Provence, wife of Louis IX of France (bc. 1221) Louis IX of France Quotes
December 21st, 1118 (December 21 1118)BirthThomas Becket, Lord Chancellor of England and Archbishop of Canterbury (died in 1170)

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