Historical Events In December - 21
Thursday, 01 October 2020
1962 On this day in history angolin leaves Comecon
1963 Jack Hobbs, cricketer (61 Tests for England), dies on this day in history.
1965 On December - 21 claude Adonai Champagne, composer, dies at 74
1966 On this day in history uSSR launches Luna 13; soft-landed in Oceanus Procellarum
1967 Louis Washkansky, 18 days after 1st heart transplant, dies at 55 on December - 21.
1968 Launch of Apollo 8 with Captain James A. Lovell, Jr. as Command Module Pilot. During the mission Lovell was one of the first two people to see the far side of the moon. The mission lasted 6 days and 3 hours, and included 10 moon orbits. Recovery was by HS-4 helicopters from USS Yorktown (CVS-10) on this day in history.
1968 Apollo 8 (Borman, Lovell & Anders) 1st manned Moon voyage on this day in history.
1969 Diana Ross final TV appearance as a Supreme (Ed Sullivan Show) on December - 21.
1970 On December - 21 wUTV TV channel 29 in Buffalo, NY (IND) begins broadcasting
1971 UN Security Council chooses Kurt Waldheim as 4th secretary general on December - 21.
1972 Soviet Union signs a separate peace with East Germany on December - 21.
1972 On this day in history horace Mann Bond, president of Lincoln University (Pa), dies at 70
1973 Israel, Egypt, Syria, Jordan, US & USSR meet in Geneva on this day in history.
1974 On this day in history richard Long, actor (Nanny & Professor), dies at 47
1975 On December - 21 first New York Jet to gain 1,000 yards rushing (John Riggins)
1975 "Hello, Dolly" closes at Minskoff Theater NYC after 51 performances on this day in history.
1975 William Lundigan, announcer (CBS Mystery Theater), dies at 61 on this day in history.
1976 UN General Assembly passes a resolution declaring 1979-Year of Child on December - 21.
1976 20th Islander shut-out opponent-Billy Smith 3-0 vs Bruins on this day in history.
1976 Edward Bartlett, cricketer (WI Test batsman in 5 Tests 1928-31), dies on this day in history.
1978 On this day in history police in Des Plaines IL, arrested John W Gacy Jr for murder
1979 On this day in history gary Unger plays in record 914th consecutive NHL game
1979 Bill Anderson, cricketer (Test for NZ 1946, scored five & one), dies on this day in history.
1980 On this day in history marc Connelly, playwright (One Minute Please), dies at 90
1983 Loretta Swit weds Dennis Holahan on this day in history.
1983 Rod Cameron, actor (Santa Fe Passage, Stampede), dies at 73 on December - 21.
1984 USSR launches Vega 2 for fly-by of Halley's Come on December - 21.
1985 On this day in history aRCO Anchorage runs aground near Port Angeles, WA
1986 On this day in history over 50,000 students demonstrate in Shanghai's Peoples Square, for democracy and freedom in China
1987 3 white New York teens convicted of manslaughter in death of a black man on this day in history.
1987 Soyuz TM-4 carries 3 cosmonauts to space station Mir on December - 21.
1987 On this day in history robert Paige, actor (Son of Dracula, Pardon My Sarong), dies
1988 After a record 365 days in space, two Russian and one French cosmonaut return to Earth on December - 21.
1988 Drexel agrees guilt to security felonies, pays a $650 million fine on this day in history.