December 21 in Pop Culture History

December 21 in Pop Culture History
1620 – William Bradford and the Mayflower Pilgrims landed on (what is now known as Plymouth Rock) in Plymouth, Massachusetts.

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

1937 – Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Walt Disney’s first full-length (83 minutes), animated film opened in Los Angeles, CA, at the at the Carthay Circle Theatre.

1970 – Richard Nixon and Elvis Presley met at the White House. Elvis was there to help the government’s war on drugs.

1974 – #1 Hit December 21, 1974 – December 27, 1974: Harry ChapinCat’s in the Cradle

1975 – Ilich Ramírez Sánchez, better known as Carlos the Jackle, raided an OPEC meeting in Austria. Three people were killed in the attack.

1984 – Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo , Birdy, Johnny Dangerously and The Flamingo Kid debuted in theaters.

1985 – #1 Hit December 21, 1985 – January 17, 1986: Lionel RichieSay You, Say Me

1985 – Pope John Paul II announced the institution of ‘World Youth Day’.

1988 – Pan Am Flight 103 (London to New York) exploded in over Lockerbie, Scotland, killing all 243 passengers and 16 crew members aboard, as well as 11 Lockerbie residents on the ground. Libya admitted responsibility in 2003. “The Four Tops”, Tennis player Mats Wilander, Actress Kim Cattrall and Punk Rocker Johnny Rotten booked, but missed the flight.

1989 – The United States sends troops into Panama to overthrow government of Manuel Noriega. Noriega surrendered on January 3, 1990.

1994 – Richie Rich was released in theaters.

1996 – NeXT merged with Apple Computer.

2001 – Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius debuted in theaters.

2001 – A Beautiful Mind, starring Russell Crowe had a limited release, the wide release of the film was January 4, 2002.

2007 – National Treasure: Book of Secrets, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street and P.S. I Love You debuted in theaters.

2013 – #1 Hit December 21, 2013 – January 17, 2014: Eminem featuring RihannaThe Monster

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