Tuesday, June 18, 2024 (Week 25)

December 21 in History

What happened on December 21 in history?

A chronological timetable of historical events that occurred on december 21 in history. Historical facts of the day in the areas of military, politics, science, music, sports, arts, entertainment and more. Discover what happened on december 21 in history.

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2004
A suicide bomber attacks the forward operating base next to the US military airfield at Mosul, Iraq, killing 22 people; it is the deadliest suicide attack on US soldiers during the Iraq War.
1995
The city of Bethlehem passes from Israeli to Palestinian control.
1994
Popocatepetl, a volcano in Mexico spews forth gases and ash after nearly a half-century of dormancy.
1988
Pan Am Flight 103 from London to New York explodes in midair over Lockerbie, Scotland, an hour after departure. All 259 passengers were killed in the explosion caused by a bomb– hidden inside an audio cassette player — that detonated inside the cargo area when the plane was at an altitude of 31,000 feet. A shower of airplane parts falling from the sky also killed 11 Lockerbie residents.
1986
500,000 Chinese students gather in Shanghai’s People’s Square calling for democratic reforms, including freedom of the press.
1969
American draft evaders gather for a holiday dinner in Montreal, Canada.
1965
Four pacifists are indicted in New York for burning draft cards — Thomas C. Cornell, 31, co-secretary of the Catholic Peace Fellowship; Roy Lisker, 27, a volunteer of the Catholic Worker Movement; James E. Wilson, 21, a volunteer at the Catholic Worker Movement and a member of the Fellowship for Reconciliation; and M P, Edelman, a full-time worker for the War Resisters League.
1964
Great Britain’s House of Commons votes to ban the death penalty.
1963
The Turk minority riots in Cyprus to protest anti-Turkish revisions in the constitution.
1946
An earthquake and tidal wave kill hundreds in Japan.
1945
General George S. Patton dies at the age of 60 after being injured in a car accident.
1944
German troops surround the 101st Airborne Division at Bastogne in Belgium.
1928
President Calvin Coolidge signs the Boulder Dam bill.
1910
Over 2.5 million plague victims are reported in the An-Hul province of China.
1866
Indians, led by Red Cloud and Crazy Horse, kill Captain William J. Fetterman and 79 other men who had ventured out from Fort Phil Kearny to cut wood.
1862
The U.S. Congress authorizes the Medal of Honor to be awarded to Navy personnel who have distinguished themselves by their gallantry in action.
1790
Samuel Slater opens the first cotton mill in the United States (in Rhode Island).
1708
French forces seize control of the eastern shore of Newfoundland after winning a victory at St. John’s.
1620
The Pilgrims land at or near Plymouth Rock.