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December 21st Today's Highlights in History

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Monday, December 21st
The 355th day of 2009.
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Today's Highlights in History

   On Dec. 21, 1988, a terrorist bomb exploded aboard a Pan Am Boeing 747 over Lockerbie, Scotland, killing 270 people. (Go to article.)

On Dec. 21, 1879, Joseph Stalin, the Soviet statesman who was leader of the Communist Party and dictator of the Soviet Union for 25 years , was born. Following his death on March 5, 1953, his obituary appeared in The Times. (Go to obit. | Other Birthdays)
Editorial Cartoon of the Day
   On December 21, 1895, Harper's Weekly featured a cartoon about Congressman Thomas B. Reed, the powerful speaker of the house. (See the cartoon and read an explanation.)
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1620    Pilgrims aboard the Mayflower went ashore for the first time at present-day Plymouth, Mass.

1804    British statesman Benjamin Disraeli was born in London.

1879    Soviet dictator Josef Stalin was born Josef Dzhugashvili in Gori, Georgia.

1898    Scientists Pierre and Marie Curie discovered the radioactive element radium.

1913    The first crossword puzzle was published, in the New York World.

1937    "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs," Walt Disney's animated feature, had its world premiere in Los Angeles.

1945    Gen. George S. Patton died in Germany of injuries suffered in a car accident.

1948    Ireland became an independent republic.

1958    Charles de Gaulle was elected the first president of France's Fifth Republic.

1968    Apollo 8 was launched on a mission to orbit the moon.

1970    Elvis Presley met with President Richard M. Nixon in the Oval Office to discuss fighting drugs.

1971    The U.N. Security Council chose Kurt Waldheim to succeed U Thant as secretary-general.

1978    Police in Des Plaines, Ill., arrested John W. Gacy Jr. and began unearthing the remains of 33 men and boys whom Gacy was later convicted of murdering.

1991    Eleven of the 12 former Soviet republics proclaimed the birth of the Commonwealth of Independent States.

1995    The city of Bethlehem passed from Israeli to Palestinian control.

1996    After two years of denials, House Speaker Newt Gingrich admitted violating House ethics rules.

2006    Four Marines were charged with murder in the killings of 24 Iraqi civilians in Haditha, and four Marine officers were accused of failures in investigating and reporting the deaths. (Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich has pleaded not guilty to voluntary manslaughter; one of the officers was acquitted and charges against the rest were dropped.)

Current Birthdays

Jane Fonda turns 72 years old today.

AP Photo/Evan Agostini Actress Jane Fonda turns 72 years old today.

83    Freddie Hart
Country singer

81    Ed Nelson

74    Phil Donahue
Talk show host

74    John Avildsen

71    Larry Bryggman

67    Carla Thomas

66    Albert Lee
Rock musician

65    Michael Tilson Thomas

61    Samuel L. Jackson

59    Jeffrey Katzenberg
Movie producer

56    Betty Wright
R&B singer

55    Chris Evert
Tennis Hall of Famer

54    Jane Kaczmarek
Actress ("Malcolm in the Middle")

53    Lee Roy Parnell
Country singer

53    Jim Rose
Entertainer (The Jim Rose Circus Sideshow)

52    Ray Romano
Actor, comedian ("Everybody Loves Raymond")

47    Christy Forester
Country singer (The Forester Sisters)

45    Murph
Rock musician

44    Andy Dick
Actor, comedian

44    Gabrielle Glaser
Rock musician (Luscious Jackson)

43    Kiefer Sutherland
Actor ("24")

43    Karri Turner
Actress ("JAG")

41    Khrystyne Haje

41    Brad Warren
Country singer (The Warren Brothers

40    Julie Delpy
Actress, director

39    Rhean Boyer
Country musician

38    Glenn Fitzgerald
Actor ("Dirty Sexy Money")

38    Brett Scallions
Rock musician

35    Karrie Webb

33    Lukas Rossi
Rock singer (Rock Star Supernova)

27    Luke Stricklin
Country singer

Historic Birthdays

Joseph Stalin

12/21/1879 - 3/5/1953
Soviet dictator (1941-53)
(Go to obit.)

?    Masaccio
12/21/1401 - //1428
Italian artist

84    Robert Brown
12/21/1773 - 6/10/1858
Scottish botanist

76    Benjamin Disraeli
12/21/1804 - 4/19/1881
Two-time English prime minister (1868,1874-80)

72    Frederick Bonfils
12/21/1860 - 2/2/1933
American publisher of the Denver Post

84    Henrietta Szold
12/21/1860 - 2/13/1945
American Jewish leader; founded Hadassah (Women's Zionist Organization of America)

90    Dame Rebecca West
12/21/1892 - 3/15/1983
English journalist and novelist

35    Josh Gibson
12/21/1911 - 1/20/1947
American baseball player

59    Andre Eglevsky
12/21/1917 - 12/4/1977
Russian-born American ballet dancer and instructor

67    Heinrich Boll
12/21/1917 - 7/16/1985
German novelist and Nobel Prize winner

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