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DECEMBER 21

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1118 Thomas a Becket (English-born Archbishop of Canterbury) English Political and Social Leaders Religion Archbishop of Canterbury
1761 Robert Barnwell (South Carolina-born American Revolutionary War Patriot, Hero) South Carolina Political and Social Leaders American Revolution History Channel
1804 Benjamin Disraeli (Prime Minister of England: 1868, 1874 - 1880) Benjamin Disraeli Authors
1860 Henrietta Szold (Maryland-born Founder of Hadassah, the American Women's Zionist Organization) Maryland Political and Social Leaders American Women Political Leaders Judaism
1879 Josef Stalin (Georgian-born Dictator of the Soviet Union) Josef Stalin Soviet Union World War II Cold War
1918 Kurt Waldheim (Austrian-born Secretary General of the United Nations, 1972-82) United Nations Kurt Waldheim Nazi Germany
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Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
69 Vitellius (Emperor of Rome) Roman Empire
1921 P.B.S. Pinchback (Georgia-born African-American U.S. Congressman) Georgia Political and Social Leaders African-American Political and Social Leaders U.S. Congress
1923 Jim Wells (Texas Political Leader; Namesake of Jim Wells County) Jim Wells County, Texas Politics Texas State Historical Association
1945 George S. Patton (California-born U.S. Army General) George S. Patton U.S. Military Leaders World War II
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1777 General George Washington Orders Troops to Move to Wilmington, Delaware and Protect the Flour Mills Wilmington, Delaware George Washington American Revolution State of Delaware
1850 William Wallace, Abraham Lincoln's Third Son, Is Born in Springfield, Illinois Springfield, Illinois Abraham Lincoln Parents and Families Lincoln Log
1874 Grant Orders Troops to Restore Peace After Massacre of Blacks in Vicksburg Mississippi President U.S. Grant Racism College of St. Scholastica
1923 Great Britain Recognizes Nepal As a Fully Sovereign State Nepal Great Britain South Asian Journal
1938 A Coelacanth, a Fish Through to be Extinct, Is Caught Along the Coast of South Africa South Africa Coelacanth South African History Online
1948 Repeal of External Relations Act Establishes Intent to Create Republic of Ireland Ireland Great Britain European History Dublin Public Libraries
1956 Martin Luther King Sits in the Front Seat of Montgomery, Alabama Bus Alabama Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Montgomery Bus Boycott U.S. Supreme Court African-American History
1958 Charles de Gaulle Elected President of France by a Sweeping Majority Charles de Gaulle Elections History Channel
1962 U.S. Agrees to Sell Nuclear Missiles to Great Britain Great Britain Nuclear Weapons Cold War BBC
1969 Thailand Announces It Will Withdraw 12,000 Troops from South Vietnam Thailand Vietnam War History Channel
1971 U.N. Chooses Kurt Waldheim to Succeed U Thant as Secretary-general United Nations Kurt Waldheim Nazi Germany New York Times
1988 Terrorist Bomb Blows Up Pan Am Jumbo Jet over Lockerbie, Scotland: 270 Die Scotland Libya Pan Am 103 Terrorism Death
1991 Eleven Former Soviet Republics Form the Commonwealth of Independent States Fall of the Soviet Union Commonwealth of Independent States History Channel
1995 City of Bethlehem Passes from Israeli to Palestinian Control Israel Palestine New York Times
1996 House Speaker Newt Gingrich Admits to Violating House Ethics Rules Georgia Political and Social Leaders U.S. House of Representatives New York Times
2000 President-elect George W. Bush Resigns As Governor of Texas Texas President George W. Bush The American Presidency State of Texas
2010 U.S. Census Bureau Announces the Official U.S. Population Count Is 308,745,538 U.S. Census U.S. Census Bureau

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