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DECEMBER 21

Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
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1620 Pilgrims Go Ashore from the Mayflower, Landing At What Will Be Plymouth, MA Massachusetts Plymouth Colony
1807 The Fourier Series Is First Introduced at the Paris Institute Paris Calculus Historic Firsts University of St. Andrews
1829 Carrollton Viaduct, First U.S. Stone Arch Railroad Bridge Dedicated in Baltimore Maryland Bridges Railroad Historic Firsts University of New Brunswick
1872 H.M.S. Challenger Leaves England on World's First Scientific Voyage Challenger Expedition Naval History History of Science Historic Firsts University of California San Diego
1891 James Naismith Invents Basketball and the First Game Is Played at Springfield, College, MA James Naismith Massachusetts Historic Firsts Springfield College Basketball Hall of Fame Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities
1895 MA Commemorates Pilgrims' Landing Making Forefathers' Day a Legal Holiday Massachusetts Plymouth Colony Forefathers' Day John Howland Society
1906 In Alaska, the First Message Is Sent Via a Submarine Cable Between Juneau and Wrangell Alaska Telegraph Historic Firsts Alaska Historical Society
1913 The First Crossword Puzzle Is Printed in the New York World Crossword Puzzles Journalism Historic Firsts Writer's Almanac
1963 NASA Launches TIROS 8 Satellite to Improve Televised Cloudcover Images Space Exploration Clouds NASA
1968 Apollo 8 Launched as First-Manned Flight to Orbit the Moon Space Exploration Lunar Exploration Historic Firsts History Channel NASA
1984 6-7 Georgeann Wells Jams First Dunk in Women's Basketball History West Virginia Basketball Historic Firsts New York Times West Virginia Archive

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