December 21 Events in History - December 21 Birthdays - December 21 Deaths
2014 'The Battle of the Five Armies', the last film in 'The Hobbit' series, grosses over $90 million in its first five days of release, exceeding box office expectations of $75 million
2014 South Korea bans poultry from the U.S. due to potential bird flu concerns; South Korea is working to contain the spread of the virus among its own avian population
2013 A series of spacewalks are made by two NASA astronauts in an effort to fix the faulty coolant pump on the International Space Station
2013 Author J.K. Rowling announces she is producing a play based on the life of her character Harry Potter; the play tells the previously untold story of life before the boy wizard goes to Hogwarts; the play will premiere in London's West End within the next two years
2012 Voters in Alexandria, Egypt clash during the evening of the second voting session on the highly charged constitutional referendum
2012 Scientists studying the Sutter's Mill meteorite, found near where the Sutter's Mill California Gold Rush site, determine it contains the oldest material in the Solar System
2011 The death toll from Tropical Storm Washi in the Philippines reaches 1,002, and is expected to rise
2011 Health authorities begin slaughtering 17,000 chickens after a carcass infected with H5N1 is found at a poultry market in Hong Kong
2010 The engagement of Queen Elizabeth's granddaughter Zara Phillips to Mike Tindall, a Rugby Union player, is announced
1997 Detroit Lions Barry Sanders is 3rd to run for 2,000 yards in a season
1997 Detroit Lions linebacker Reggie Brown, knocked unconscious in game
1997 Lexus Senior Golf Challenge
1997 Wendy's Three-Tour Senior Golf Challenges
1997 Wendy's Three-Tour LPGA Challenge
1996 Pakistan all out 67 to lose to Tasmania by an inning
1995 Martina Ertl of Germany wins her 3rd giant slalom world cup
1995 San Francisco Giants announce plans to build a new stadium to open in 2000
1994 Bomb goes off on #4 train on Fulton Street New York City
1992 Dutch DC-10 in fire at landing on Faro Portugal, 56 die
1991 95 share in Madrid Spain $1.3 billion lottery (#47996)
1991 El Sayid Nosair acquitted of killing Meir Kahane
1991 U.S. actress Jane Fonda marries CNN-director Ted Turner
1991 Soviet Union formally dissolves 11 of 12 republics sign treaty forming Commonwealth of Independent States
1990 Steve and Mark Waugh complete 464* partnership for NSW vs. WA
1989 Romania's dictator Nicolae Ceausescu's final speech (executed 12/25)
1989 Dan Quayle sends out 30,000 Xmas cards with word beacon spelled beakon
1988 Drexel agrees guilt to security felonies, pays a $650 million fine
1988 New York bound Pan Am jumbo jet explodes over Scotland all 258 aboard die
1988 Vladimir Titov and Musa Manarov return to earth (a year) with Chretien
1987 3 white New York teens convicted of manslaughter in death of a black man
1987 Soyuz TM-4 launches 3 cosmonauts to space station Mir
1987 Vladimir Titov and Musa Manarov launched
1986 75th Davis Cup: Australia beats Sweden in Melbourne (3-2)
1986 Amy Alcott/Bob Charles wins LPGA Mazda Golf Championship
1985 ARCO Anchorage runs aground near Port Angeles, WA
1985 Alice Miller/Don January wins LPGA Mazda Golf Championship
1985 Heart's "Heart," album goes #1
1984 Islander Kelly Hrudy's 1st shut-out win-Whalers 1-0
1984 U.S.S.R. launches Vega 2 for fly-by of Halley's Come
1983 "Tap Dance Kid" opens at Broadhurst Theater New York City for 669 performances
1983 Loretta Swit weds Dennis Holahan
1983 Musical "Tap Dance Kid" with H Battle premieres in New York City
1983 NBA Indiana Pacers end a 28 game road losing streak
1983 NCAA rules rescinded last 2-minute men's basketball free throw rule
1981 Cincinnati beats Bradley 75-73 in 7 OTs (NCAA record)
1980 Harold Carmichael ends NFL streak of 127 consecutive game receptions
1979 Gary Unger plays in record 914th consecutive NHL game
1979 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
1979 Zimbabwe adopts constitution
1978 "Broadway Musical" opens/closes at Lunt Fontanne Theater New York City
1978 Police in Des Plaines Ill, arrest John Wayne Gacy, Jr. for murder
1976 20th Islander shut-out opponent-Billy Smith 3-0 vs Bruins
1976 Patricia R. Harris named secretary of Housing and Urban Development
1976 U.N. General Assembly passes a resolution declaring 1979 - Year of Child
1976 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1975 "Hello, Dolly" closes at Minskoff Theater New York City after 51 performances
1975 "Very Good Eddie" opens at Booth Theater New York City for 307 performances
1975 1st New York Jet to gain 1,000 yards rushing (John Riggins)
1975 64th Davis Cup: Sweden beats Czechoslovakia in Stockholm (3-2)
1975 Madagascar adopts constitution
1975 Buffalo Sabres set NHL record of 40 points beating Caps 14-2 scoring 5 goals vs Washington Caps in 4:57
1973 Israel, Egypt, Syria, Jordan, U.S. and U.S.S.R. meet in Geneva
1972 Soviet Union signs a separate peace with East Germany
1971 U.N. Security Council chooses Kurt Waldheim as 4th secretary General
1970 WUTV TV channel 29 in Buffalo, New York (IND) begins broadcasting
1969 Diana Ross final TV appearance as a Supreme on theEd Sullivan Show
1969 Vince Lombardi (Redskins) coaches his last football game, losing
1968 Apollo 8 (Borman, Lovell and Anders) 1st manned Moon voyage
1968 David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash premiere together in California
1966 U.S.S.R. launches Luna 13; soft-landed in Oceanus Procellarum
1962 Angolin leaves Comecon
1962 U.S. and Cuba accord, releases bay of pigs captive
1961 Beatles record "Sweet Georgia Brown" and "Ready Teddy"
1961 John F. Kennedy and British Prime Minister MacMillan meet in Bermuda
1959 10th largest snowfall in New York City history (13.7")
1959 Citizens of Deerfield, Illinois block building of interracial housing
1959 Shah of Persia marries Farah Diba
1959 Tom Landry accepts coaching job with Dallas Cowboys (stays until 1988)
1958 Charles De Gaulle wins 7 year term as 1st President of 5th Rep of France
1957 Indonesia proclaims end to state of war
1954 Dr. Sam Sheppard's wife Marilyn is murdered (he is accused of crime)
1953 KOMU TV channel 8 in Columbia, MO (NBC/PBS) begins broadcasting
1952 Broadway Tunnel opens in SF
1952 WSBT TV channel 22 in South Bend, IN (CBS) begins broadcasting
1950 "Out of This World" opens at New Century Theater New York City for 157 performances
1950 Cole Porter's musical "Out of this World," premieres in New York City
1949 Dutch 1st Chamber accept soeveregnty of Indonesia
1948 O'Neil Place in the Bronx erronously renamed O'Neill Place
1948 State of Eire, formerly Irish Free State, declares its independence
1946 "If the Shoe Fits" closes at Century Theater New York City after 20 performances
1946 Earthquake in South Japan, kills 1,086
1946 Frank Capra's "It's a Wonderful Life," premieres
1946 Morton Gould's "Minstrel Show," premieres in Indianapolis
1945 "Billion Dollar Baby" opens at Alvin Theater New York City for 219 performances
1945 Gould/Comden/Green's "Billion Dollar Baby," premieres in New York City
1944 Cards' Marty Marion wins NL MVP
1942 U.S. Supreme Court declares Nevada separation legal
1941 Chicago Bears Ray McLean makes last NFL drop kick for an extra point
1941 Chicago bears win the NFL championship
1941 David Diamond's 1st Symphony, premieres
1941 German submarine U-567 sinks
1941 Last NFL drop kick for an extra point (Ray McLean, Chicago Bears)
1939 Hitler named Adolf Eichmann leader of "Referat IV B"
1937 1st feature-length color and sound cartoon premieres (Snow White)
1937 O'Reilly completes 14-98 for cricket match, NSW vs. South Australia
1936 Bradman's 2nd consecutive Test Cricket duck! Australia all out 80
1933 Dried human blood serum 1st prepared, University of Pennsylvania
1933 Fox signs Shirley Temple, 5, to a studio contract
1933 Newfoundland reverts to being a crown colony
1932 Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, 1st joint movie (Flying Down to Rio)
1932 Giants sign former outfielder Billy Southworth as a coach
1929 1st group hospital insurance plan offered (Dallas Tx)
1926 Soccer team DOS Struggle forms
1925 Eisenstein's movie Potemkin premieres in Moscow
1925 Stork Hendry scores 325 for Victoria against New Zealand
1923 Nepal changes from British protectorate to independent nation
1921 Supreme Court rules labor injunctions and picketing unconstitutional
1920 Jerome Kern/BG DeSylva's musical "Sally," premieres in New York City
1919 J Edgar Hoover deports anarchists/feminist Emma Goldman to Russia
1918 Red Sox trade Dutch Leonard, Ernie Shore and Duffy Lewis to Yankees for Ray Caldwell and Slim Love, Frank Gilhooey, Al Walters and $15,000
1915 10.17" (25.83 cm) of rainfall, Glenora, Oregon (state record)
1914 "Tillie's Punctured Romance," 1st six-reel feature comedy debuts
1914 1st feature-length silent film comedy, "Tillie's Punctured Romance" released. (Marie Dressler, Mabel Normand and Charles Chaplin)
1913 1st crossword puzzle (with 32 clues) printed in New York World
1912 Denmark, Norway and Sweden declare neutrality in Comende war
1910 Explosion in coal mine in Hulton England, 344 mine workers dies
1909 1st junior high school established (Berkeley California)
1909 Clyde Fitch' "City," premieres in New York City
1909 University of Coopenhagen rejects Cook's claim that he was 1st to North Pole
1907 Dutch government of De Master falls due to war budget
1900 Gerhart Hauptmann's "Michael Kramer," premieres in Berlin
1898 Scientists Pierre and Marie Curie discovers radium
1891 18 students play 1st basketball game (Springfield College)
1890 Pim Mulier 1st and only trip to "Alvesteddetocht"
1866 Cheyennes, Arapho's, Sioux, Fetterman Massacre
1864 General Sherman conquers Savannah
1849 1st U.S. skating club formed in Philadelphia
1835 HMS Beagle sails into Bay of Islands (New Zealand)
1829 1st stone arch railroad bridge in U.S. dedicated, Baltimore
1788 Hue Tay Son becomes emperor Quang Trung of Vietnam
1784 John Jay becomes 1st U.S. Secretary of State
1762 James Cook marries Elizabeth Batts
1688 Pro-James II-earl of Devonshire occupies Nottingham
1650 Johan de Witt installed as Dutch pension advisor of Dordrecht
1620 Mayflower pilgrims land at Plymouth Rock
1582 Flanders adopts Gregorian calendar, tomorrow is Jan 1 1583
1561 Archbishop Granvelle installed
1163 Hurricane hits villages in Holland/Friesland, causing floods