21st December

Born on this day 21st December
1118 Thomas Becket
1682 Calico Jack Rackham
1804 Benjamin Disraeli
1879 Joseph Stalin
1892 Dame Rebecca West
1921 William Reid V.C
1940 Frank Zappa
1946 Carl Wilson
1959 Florence Griffith Joyner
1937 Jane Fonda
1948 Samuel L Jackson
1954 Chris Evert
1982 Charlie Cox
1982 Tom Payne
1985 Tom Sturridge
1986 Rachel Shenton
1988 Yasmin
1988 Alexa Goddard
1988 Perri Shakes-Drayton

1956 The rock and roll movies ‘Shake Rattle & Roll’ and ‘Rock Rock Rock’ went on general release in the UK

1967 Half A Sixpence starring Tommy Steele premiered in London
1974 Mud reached No.1 with ‘Lonely This Christmas’
1985 Lionel Richie’s ‘Say You, Say Me’ topped the US chart for the first of 4 weeks, giving him a record for writing a no. 1 single each year for 9 years

1963 Leeds Rugby Club became the first to use under-soil heating during their game against Dewsbury

People & Showbiz
1937 Walt Disney’s ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’ premiered in Los Angeles, becoming the first ever full length talking cartoon

1982 38 year old Sherry Lansing, the most powerful woman in Hollywood, resigned from her post as head of production for Twentieth Century Fox

1984 The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Robert Runcie christened Prince Henry Charles Albert David in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor. Princess Anne and Capt Mark Phillips did not attend the 20 minute service

General Events
1620 The Pilgrim Fathers landed at Plymouth in Massachusetts in the Mayflower

1846 Aneathestic was used for the first time in a British operation when Robert Liston performed an amputation of a leg at University College Hospital in London

1880 An act passed by the House of Keys on the Isle of Man granted women the vote, but only if they were widows or spinsters with property rated annually at £4 or over
1882 Britains first permanent telephone trunk line was established between London and Brighton

1911 The Jules Bonnot gang escaped from a bank robbery in Paris with the first recorded use of a getaway car

1958 Charles De Gaulle was elected President of France
1991 The Soviet Union was officially dissolved when leaders of 11 former Soviet republics signed a declaration founding a Commonwealth of Independent States, abolishing Mikhail Gorbachev’s position as Soviet President

1995 The city of Bethlehem passes from Israeli to Palestinian control.

2007 The Schengen Agreement area increases to include 9 European Union member states; Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, and Slovenia on land and sea borders.

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