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1988 - Scotland -- Pan Am Flight 103
: Pan Am Flight 103 the third daily scheduled transatlantic flight from London's Heathrow International Airport to New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport was destroyed by a terrorist bomb, and the remains landed in and around the town of Lockerbie, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland Find More What happened in 1988

1902 - Ireland -- Flour Mills
A group of investors planned to spend $5,000,000-$15,000,000 to build flour mills in major cities in Ireland. The Irish flour business was failing due to importing grain from America and other countries.

1913 - U.S.A. -- First Cross Word Puzzle
1913 : The first crossword puzzle was published, which was created by Arthur Wynne, a Liverpool journalist, and published as a "word-cross" puzzle in the New York World

1923 - Turkey -- Strong Porters
In Turkey their porters are reported to be the strongest men on earth. One porter can carry 100 pounds for 20 miles. They live on a diet of fruit and olives.

1933 - Scotland -- Property Crimes
Property crimes with violence had increased in Scotland. In 1929 there were 954 property crimes and by 1932 there were 1528.

1937 - U.S.A. -- Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs the first feature-length animated movie becomes a classic and a financial success helping Disney to create bigger and better animated movies over the next 70 years.

1946 - Japan -- Tsunami
1946 : An undersea earthquake sets off a powerful tsunami that devastates Honshu, Japan sending 20 foot waves which obliterated buildings leaving 2,000 people dead and half a million homeless.

1948 - China -- Economy
In northern China communist encroachment and the collapse of the anti-communist government of Chaing Kai-shek sent shock waves to the U.S. and the international economy. The market for American goods was diminished.

1956 - U.S.A. -- Martin Luther King, Jr
Martin Luther King, Jr. was one of the first passengers of the new integrated bus system in Georgia where blacks and whites rode together

1957 - India -- Prime Minister Nehru
Prime Minister Nehru of India gave a speech in which he said that India wanted friendly relations with the U.S. . However, Nehru and his son Krishna Menon have often blasted the U.S. and tried to play them off against the communists.

1958 - France -- General Charles de Gaulle
General Charles de Gaulle is elected President of France with a large majority.

1962 - England -- Polaris Missiles
1962 : Britain is to buy a number of Polaris missiles from the United States as part of Btitains nuclear deterrent , it is designed to be fired from a submarine and will carry a nuclear warhead .

1966 - Zambia -- President
1966 : Dr. Kenneth Katunda, President of Zambia, addressed the United Nations and said, "About twenty-four months ago, I stood on this rostrum representing the youngest of the family of independent and free nations." Katunda said that Zambia had enjoyed being independent.

1970 - U.S.A. -- Elvis Presley
President Richard M. Nixon enlists the help of Elvis Presley in his fight against drugs and invites him to the Oval Office.

1977 - Soviet Union -- Political Dissidents
Political dissidents in the Soviet Union were punished with exile and some found homes in the West. However, some exiled Soviets found it difficult adapting to life in the West and discovered that their political protests were not as effective as when they were confronting the KGB.

1985 - Lebanon -- Terry Waite
1985 : Terry Waite, representing the Anglican Church, negotiated with Moslem kidnappers to try freeing their American captives for Christmas. He said that he would like to keep a low profile while the negotiations proceeded.

1991 - Russia -- Commonwealth of Independent States
The birth of the Commonwealth of Independent States consisting of eleven former Soviet Republics: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan.

1993 - U.S.A. -- Wellcome Plc
Two major drug companies - Warner-Lambert Co. and Wellcome Plc. were merging their over-the-counter medication industries to try capturing the worldwide market. Branches in Europe, Australia, and Canada were to open up and sales were projected at over $1.6 billion.

1995 - Palestine -- Bethlehem
Bethlehem became one of the areas under the full control of the Palestinian National Authority in conformance with the Oslo Accords.

2006 - Greece -- Esphigmenou
Esphigmenou, a 1,000 year old monastery seen to be the seat of Orthodox Christianity, was defended by monks brandishing crowbars and sledge hammers. Rebel monks lived in the monastery and refused to reconcile with the Vatican.

2006 - North Korea -- North Korea nuclear talks end without agreement
Talks on North Korea's nuclear program today have ended with Pyongyang refusing to drop its demands for the US to lift financial restrictions. The six-party talks, held in Beijing, concluded without agreeement on the implementation of a 2005 accord, in which North Korea would be disarming in exchange for aid. The United States, North Korea, China, Japan, Russia and South Korea had resumed talking after a thirteen month boycott by the North.

2007 - South Africa -- Winnie Madikizela-Mandela
Winnie Madikizela-Mandela has emerged as the top candidate in the vote for the National Executive Committee (N.E.C.) of South Africa's governing party. When the African National Congress (A.N.C.) announced the election of its National Executive Committee on December 21, 2007, Mandela was given first place. The ex-wife of former President Nelson Mandela was endorsed by 2,845 of the 3,605 delegates in the conference, which took place in the northern town of Polokwane. She had not been active in the A.N.C. since 2003 (when she was convicted of fraud).

2007 - England -- Tony Blair
2007 : Former Prime Minister Tony Blair has left the Anglican Church to become a Roman Catholic. His wife and children were already Catholic, and there had been some speculation that he would convert after leaving office. Cardinal Cormac Murphy- O'Connor, who led the service to welcome Blair, said he was 'very glad' to do so, but ex-Conservative minister Ann Widdecombe, herself a Catholic convert, has said that Blair's voting record as an M.P. had often 'gone against church teaching.' Blair, who is now a Middle East peace envoy, had said in 2006 that he had prayed to God when deciding whether or not to send U.K. troops into Iraq. There is some controversy on whether Blair’s conversion was in pursuit of the presidency of the European Union, and on how deep his belief is.

2008 - Iran -- Police raid Iranian human rights group in Tehran
Iranian police have raided the office of a human rights group led by the Nobel laureate, Shirin Ebadi. The group has also been closed down. Judiciary officials have said that the center was acting as an illegal political party, and had contacts with local and foreign organisations. The raid came shortly before the center was to host a celebration for the sixtieth anniversary of Human Rights Day.

2011 - United States -- US Navy Sees First Gay Kiss at Traditional Dockside Event
2011 : Two female US sailors became the first same-sex couple to share the traditional dockside kiss after the US ended the ban on gays in the military. One of the women won the raffle for the right to be the first to kiss her partner after getting to shore.

2012 - Worldwide -- Observers Celebrate Mayan Calendar End
People gathered in Central America and around the world to mark what some believed was the "end of the world" predicted by the end of the Mayan calendar. An actual apocalypse never manifested.


2013 - Australia -- Fishermen Saved by Cooler
Two Australian fishermen were saved off the coast of New South Wales after their boat capsized. The two men were forced to hang on to a floating cooler for nearly fifteen hours before they were rescued.


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Jane Fonda
Born: 21st December 1937 New York City, New York, U.S.
Known For :
Jane Fonda best known as an actress who has won two Academy awards, The first Academy Award for Best Actress playing the part of Bree Daniels in the movie ( 1971 ) Klute, The second award was for Academy Award for Best Actress playing the part of Sally Hyde in the movie ( 1978 ) Coming Home. Her other well known movies include Cat Ballou, Barbarella, They Shoot Horses, Don't They?, Julia, The China Syndrome, Nine to Five, On Golden Pond and The Morning After. She has also been a high profile activist over the years beginning in the 60's with Anti Vietnam War and the Civil Rights Movement, she has also been an outspoken advocate of women's rights and the feminist movement. She is also remembered for her Jane Fonda's Workout Video and book, one of the most successful of it's type.

Samuel L. Jackson
Born: 21st December 1948 Washington, D.C, U.S.
Known For : Samuel L. Jackson best known for his roles in the movies including Jungle Fever, Pulp Fiction, Jurassic Park, Coach Carter, Die Hard with a Vengeance and Shaft to name just a few.