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On December 21st, 1620, Pilgrims aboard the
"Mayflower" went ashore for the first
time at present-day Plymouth, Massachusetts.
On this date:
In 1898, scientists Pierre and Marie
Curie discovered the radioactive element
In 1913, the first
crossword puzzle was published, in the New York
In 1945, General
George S. Patton died in Heidelberg, Germany, of
injuries from a car accident.
In 1948, the state
of Eire (formerly the Irish Free State) declared
In 1958, Charles
de Gaulle was elected to a seven-year term as the
first president of the Fifth Republic of France.
"Apollo Eight" was launched on a
mission to orbit the moon.
In 1971, the UN
Security Council chose Kurt Waldheim to succeed U
Thant as Secretary-General.
In 1991, eleven of
the 12 former Soviet republics proclaimed the
birth of the Commonwealth of Independent States.
In 1995, the city
of Bethlehem passed from Israeli to Palestinian
In 1988, 270
people were killed when a terrorist bomb exploded
aboard a Pam Am Boeing 747 over Lockerbie,
Scotland, sending wreckage crashing to the
Ten years ago:
Romanian President Nicolae Ceausescu delivered
what turned out to be his final public speech.
The hard-line Communist ruler was visibly stunned
as his listeners began booing. (Ceausescu fled
from power and was executed four days later.)
Five years ago: A
firebomb exploded on a crowded New York City
subway train, injuring 48 people. (Unemployed
computer programmer Edward Leary was later
convicted of attempted murder.)
One year ago:
Israel's parliament voted overwhelmingly for
early elections, signaling the demise of Prime
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's ailing hard-line
government. A Chinese court sentenced two
dissidents (Xu Wenli, Wang Youcai) to long prison
terms for trying to organize an opposition party.
"It is not necessary
to understand things in order to argue about
Pierre Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais, French
author and dramatist (1732-1799).