December 21st Events

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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, 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, 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, 1991 (December 21 1991)EventCharilaos Florakis is elected honorary president of the Communist Party of Greece.
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, 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, 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, 1973 (December 21 1973)EventThe Geneva Conference on the Arab-Israeli conflict opens.
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, 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, 1962 (December 21 1962)EventRondane National Park is established as Norway s first national park.
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, 1913 (December 21 1913)EventArthur Wynne s "word-cross", the first crossword puzzle, is published in the New York World.
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, 1872 (December 21 1872)EventChallenger expedition: HMS Challenger, commanded by Captain George Nares, sails from Portsmouth.
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, 1844 (December 21 1844)EventThe Rochdale Pioneers commence business at their cooperative in Rochdale, England, starting the Cooperative movement.
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, 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".

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