Here’s What Happened On This Day in History: December 21

Here's What Happened On This Day in History: December 21
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ON THIS DAY


1861 – Medal of Honor: Public Resolution 82, containing a provision for a Navy Medal of Valor, is signed into law by President Abraham Lincoln.

The Medals of Honor awarded by each of the three branches of the U.S. military, and are, from left to right, the Army, Coast Guard/Navy/Marine Corps and Air Force.

The Medals of Honor awarded by each of the three branches of the U.S. military, and are, from left to right, the Army, Coast Guard/Navy/Marine Corps and Air Force.






1913 – Arthur Wynne’s “word-cross”, the first crossword puzzle, is published in the New York World.

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1918 – Hobey Baker killed in plane crash: On this day in 1918, the 26-year-old collegiate and amateur ice hockey star Hobey Baker is killed in a plane crash in Toul, France, just after the end of World War I.

Hobey Baker, while at Princeton University

Hobey Baker, while at Princeton University






1937 – Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the world’s first full-length animated feature, premieres at the Carthay Circle Theatre.

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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.

The Apollo 8 astronauts become the first people to see the Earth rise

The Apollo 8 astronauts become the first people to see the Earth rise






1970 – Nixon meets Elvis Presley: On this day in 1970, rock star Elvis Presley is greeted at the White House by President Richard M. Nixon.

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2001 – Russell Crowe stars in A Beautiful Mind: On this day in 2001, A Beautiful Mind, starring the actor Russell Crowe as John Forbes Nash, a Nobel Prize-winning economist and mathematician who develops schizophrenia, opens in limited release in the U.S.

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