December 21: What Happened on This Day in History (Elementary Level)?
(Page last edited 10/12/2017)
- 1620 - Plymouth Colony: William Bradford and theMayflower Pilgrims land on what is now known as Plymouth Rock in Plymouth, Massachusetts.
- 1913 - Arthur Wynne's "word-cross", the first crossword puzzle, is published in the New York World.
- 1937 - Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the world's first full-length animated feature, premieres at the Carthay Circle Theatre.
- 1968 - Apollo program: Apollo 8 is launched from the Kennedy Space Center, placing its crew on a lunar trajectory for the first visit to another celestial body by humans.
- 1994 - Mexican volcano Popocatépetl, dormant for 47 years, erupts gases and ash.
- Famous Birthdays: Thomas Graham (Scottish chemist), George W. Fuller (American engineer), Sewall Wright (American biologist), Hermann Joseph Muller (American geneticist, Nobel Prize laureate), Jeffrey Katzenberg (American film producer, co-founded DreamWorks Animation)
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