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Today in History
Today in History: Sunday, December  21, 2014
AP Highlight in History:
On Dec. 21, 1988, a bomb exploded aboard a Pam Am Boeing 747 over Lockerbie, Scotland, killing 270 people, including 11 on the ground.
 
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On this date in:
1620Pilgrims aboard the Mayflower went ashore for the first time at present-day Plymouth, Mass.
1879Soviet dictator Josef Stalin was born Josef Dzhugashvili in Gori, Georgia.
1898Scientists Pierre and Marie Curie discovered the radioactive element radium.
1913The first crossword puzzle was published, in the New York World.
1937The Disney animated feature film "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" had its world premiere in Los Angeles.
1948Ireland became an independent republic.
1958Charles de Gaulle was elected the first president of France's Fifth Republic.
1968Apollo 8 was launched on a mission to orbit the moon.
1970Elvis Presley met with President Richard M. Nixon in the Oval Office to discuss fighting drugs.
AP Photo/White House
1971The U.N. Security Council chose Kurt Waldheim to succeed U Thant as secretary-general.
1978Police in Des Plaines, Ill., arrested John W. Gacy Jr. and began unearthing the remains of 33 men and boys he was later convicted of murdering.
1991Eleven of the 12 former Soviet republics proclaimed the birth of the Commonwealth of Independent States.
1995The city of Bethlehem passed from Israeli to Palestinian control.
1996After two years of denials, House Speaker Newt Gingrich admitted violating House ethics rules.
 
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Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
Actor Samuel L. Jackson turns 66 years old today.
AP Photo/Chris Pizzello
NameProfessionAge
Phil DonahueTalk show host79
Jane FondaActress77
Larry BryggmanActor76
Albert LeeRock musician71
Michael Tilson ThomasConductor70
Jeffrey KatzenbergMovie producer64
Chris EvertTennis Hall of Famer60
Jane KaczmarekActress ("Malcolm in the Middle")59
Ray RomanoActor, comedian ("Everybody Loves Raymond")57
Andy DickActor, comedian49
Kiefer SutherlandActor ("24")48
Julie DelpyActress, director45
Karrie WebbGolfer40
Steven YeunActor ("The Walking Dead")31