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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.  

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Famous Birthdays In December - 21

Famous People Born On This Day In History

1117  On December - 21 birth of thomas Becket, archbishop of Canterbury  

1401  On December - 21 birth of tommaso Masaccio, Italian painter (d. 1428)  

1518  Mark van Vaernewijck, Flemish nobleman/politician was born on December - 21.  

1537  Johan III, king of Sweden (1569-92) was born on December - 21.  

1596  Petro Mohyla, Moldovan Orthodox Metropolitan Bishop of Kiev and Galicia (d. 1646) was born on December - 21.  

1603  On this day in history birth of roger Williams, English theologian and colonist (d. 1684)  

1616  On this day in history birth of pietro Andrea Ziani, composer  

1628  On December - 21 birth of samuel Friedrich Capricornus, composer  

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Famous Deaths In December - 21

Famous People Died On This Day In History

0072  On December - 21 death of thomas the Apostle  

0918  Conrad I, Duke of Franconia/German King (911-918), dies on December - 21.  

1295  Death of Marguerite Berenger of Provence, wife of Louis IX of France (bc. 1221) on December - 21.  

1308  On December - 21 henry I, the Child, 1st landgrave of Hessen (1256-1308), dies  

1375  On this day in history giovanni Boccaccio, Italian poet (Vita di Dante), dies  

1504  On this day in history death of bertold von Henneberg-Römhild, German archbishop and elector (b. 1442)  

1549  On this day in history death of marguerite of Navarre, wife of Henry II of Navarre (b. 1492)  

1579  On December - 21 death of vicente Masip, Spanish painter  

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