A to Z This Day in World History | December 21st

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 Here are some historical world events that occurred on December 21:

1620: The Mayflower Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock, Massachusetts.

1872: The HMS Challenger expedition, a scientific exploration of the world’s oceans, began.

1913: The first crossword puzzle was published in the New York World newspaper.

1937: Walt Disney’s animated movie “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” premiered in Los Angeles.

1968: Apollo 8, the first crewed spacecraft to orbit the moon, was launched.

1988: A bomb exploded on board Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, killing 270 people.

1995: The city of Bethlehem passed from Israeli to Palestinian control as part of the Oslo peace accord.

2008: The Illinois Governor, Rod Blagojevich, was arrested by federal officials for a variety of corruption charges, including an alleged attempt to sell the U.S. Senate seat vacated by President-elect Barack Obama.

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