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Friday 21 December 2018 Calendar with holidays, observances and special days

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Holidays and observances

  • Forefathers' Day (Plymouth, Massachusetts)

Events

  • 2004 – Iraq War: A suicide bomber killed 22 at the forward operating base next to the main U.S. military airfield at Mosul, Iraq, the single deadliest suicide attack on American soldiers.
  • 1988 – The first flight of Antonov An-225 Mriya, the largest aircraft in the world.
  • 1970 – First flight of F-14 multi-role combat aircraft.
  • 1968 – Apollo program: Apollo 8 is launched from the Kennedy Space Center, placing its crew on a lunar trajectory for the first visit to another celestial body by humans.
  • 1967 – Louis Washkansky, the first man to undergo a heart transplant, dies in Cape Town, South Africa, having lived for 18 days after the transplant.
  • 1937 – Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the world's first full-length animated feature, premieres at the Carthay Circle Theatre.
  • 1936 – First flight of the Junkers Ju 88 multi-role combat aircraft.
  • 1919 – American anarchist Emma Goldman is deported to Russia.
  • 1913 – Arthur Wynne's "word-cross", the first crossword puzzle, is published in the New York World.
  • 1883 – The Royal Canadian Dragoons and The Royal Canadian Regiment, the first Permanent Force cavalry and infantry regiments of the Canadian Army, are formed.
  • 1826 – American settlers in Nacogdoches, Mexican Texas, declare their independence, starting the Fredonian Rebellion.

Births

  • 1995 – Bobby, South Korean-American rapper
  • 1989 – Mark Ingram Jr., American football player
  • 1982 – Philip Humber, American baseball player
  • 1978 – Charles Dera, American pornographic actor, dancer, model, and mixed martial arts fighter
  • 1967 – Terry Mills, American basketball player and coach
  • 1965 – Andy Dick, American comedian, actor, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1960 – Sherry Rehman, Pakistani journalist, politician, and diplomat, 25th Pakistan Ambassador to the United States
  • 1959 – Florence Griffith Joyner, American sprinter and actress (d. 1998)
  • 1957 – Ray Romano, American actor, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1956 – Dave Laut, American shot putter (d. 2009)
  • 1955 – Jane Kaczmarek, American actress
  • 1954 – Chris Evert, American tennis player and coach
  • 1953 – Betty Wright, American singer-songwriter
  • 1952 – Steve Furniss, American swimmer
  • 1950 – Jeffrey Katzenberg, American screenwriter and producer, co-founded DreamWorks Animation
  • 1950 – Max Maven, American magician and mentalist
  • 1948 – Barry Gordon, American actor and voice artist; longest-serving president of the Screen Actors Guild (1988–95)
  • 1948 – Dave Kingman, American baseball player
  • 1948 – Samuel L. Jackson, American actor and producer
  • 1946 – Carl Wilson, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1998)
  • 1946 – Roy Karch, American director, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1944 – Michael Tilson Thomas, American pianist, composer, and conductor
  • 1940 – Frank Zappa, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (d. 1993)
  • 1937 – Jane Fonda, American actress, producer, and activist
  • 1935 – John G. Avildsen, American director, producer, and cinematographer (d. 2017)
  • 1935 – Phil Donahue, American talk show host and producer
  • 1933 – Robert Worcester, American businessman and academic, founded MORI
  • 1932 – Edward Hoagland, American author and critic
  • 1926 – Joe Paterno, American football player and coach (d. 2012)
  • 1922 – Paul Winchell, American actor, voice artist, and ventriloquist (d. 2005)
  • 1920 – Adele Goldstine, American computer programmer (d. 1964)
  • 1920 – Alicia Alonso, Cuban ballerina and choreographer, founded the Cuban National Ballet
  • 1918 – Donald Regan, American colonel and politician, 11th White House Chief of Staff (d. 2003)
  • 1915 – Werner von Trapp, Austrian-American singer (d. 2007)
  • 1913 – Arnold Friberg, American illustrator and painter (d. 2010)
  • 1911 – Josh Gibson, American baseball player (d. 1947)
  • 1892 – Walter Hagen, American golfer (d. 1969)
  • 1891 – John William McCormack, American lawyer and politician, 53rd Speaker of the United States House of Representatives (d. 1980)
  • 1890 – Hermann Joseph Muller, American geneticist and biologist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1967)
  • 1889 – Sewall Wright, American geneticist and biologist (d. 1988)
  • 1872 – Albert Payson Terhune, American journalist and author (d. 1942)
  • 1872 – Trevor Kincaid, Canadian-American zoologist and academic (d. 1970)
  • 1868 – George W. Fuller, American chemist and engineer (d. 1934)
  • 1851 – Thomas Chipman McRae, American lawyer and politician, 26th Governor of Arkansas (d. 1929)
  • 1832 – John H. Ketcham, American general and politician (d. 1906)
  • 1820 – William H. Osborn, American businessman (d. 1894)

Deaths

  • 2013 – Edgar Bronfman, Sr., Canadian-American businessman and philanthropist (b. 1929)
  • 2013 – John Eisenhower, American historian, general, and diplomat, 45th United States Ambassador to Belgium (b. 1922)
  • 2009 – Edwin G. Krebs, American biochemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1918)
  • 1992 – Albert King, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (b. 1924)
  • 1992 – Nathan Milstein, Russian-American violinist and composer (b. 1903)
  • 1992 – Stella Adler, American actress and educator (b. 1901)
  • 1974 – Richard Long, American actor and director (b. 1927)
  • 1964 – Carl Van Vechten, American author and photographer (b. 1880)
  • 1958 – Lion Feuchtwanger, German-American author and playwright (b. 1884)
  • 1957 – Eric Coates, English-American viola player and composer (b. 1886)
  • 1953 – Kaarlo Koskelo, Finnish-American wrestler and businessman (b. 1888)
  • 1952 – Kenneth Edwards, American golfer (b. 1886)
  • 1945 – George S. Patton, American general (b. 1885)
  • 1940 – F. Scott Fitzgerald, American novelist and short story writer (b. 1896)
  • 1937 – Frank B. Kellogg, American lawyer and politician, 45th United States Secretary of State, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1856)
  • 1937 – Ted Healy, American comedian and actor (b. 1896)
  • 1929 – I. L. Patterson, American politician, 18th Governor of Oregon (b. 1859)
  • 1920 – Mohammed Abdullah Hassan, Somalian general, founded the Dervish state (b. 1856)
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