December 21st History, Trivia, and Fun Facts
December 21st History Highlights
The Winter Solstice falls on or around December 21st. On this day in the Northern Hemisphere, the earth is tilted away from the sun as far as it can get.
As the shortest day of the year and the absolute height of winter (astronomically speaking), the Solstice was an important ritual day in many ancient religions.
December 21st is…
Celebrate Short Fiction Day
Don’t Make Your Bed Day
International Dalek Remembrance Day
National French Fried Shrimp Day
National Look on The Bright Side Day
National Short Story Day
Old Colony Day (Forefathers Day)
Ribbon Candy Day
December 21st Birthday Quotes
“If you’re a champion, you have to have it in your heart.”
“Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible.”
“All of us encounter, at least once in our life, some individual who utters words that make us think forever. There are men whose phrases are oracles; who condense in one sentence the secrets of life; who blurt out an aphorism that forms a character or illustrates an existence.”
“A single death is a tragedy; a million deaths is a statistic.”
“Conventional is not for me. I like things that are uniquely Flo. I like being different.”
“Those who vote decide nothing. Those who count the vote decide everything.”
“Believe deep down in your heart that you’re destined to do great things.”
December 21st Birthdays
1401 – Masaccio, Italian painter (died in 1428)
1795 – Jack Russell, English dog breeder (died in 1883)
1804 – Benjamin Disraeli, politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (died in 1881)
1879 – Joseph Stalin, Russian politician (died in 1953)
1915 – Werner von Trapp, Austrian-American singer (died in 2007)
1922 – Paul Winchell, American actor, and ventriloquist (died in 2005)
1926 – Joe Paterno, American Penn State football coach (died in 2012)
1935 – Phil Donahue, American talk show host
1937 – Jane Fonda, American actress
1940 – Frank Zappa, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (died in 1993)
1948 – Samuel L. Jackson, American actor
1953 – Betty Wright, American singer-songwriter
1954 – Chris Evert, American tennis player
1955 – Jane Kaczmarek, American actress
1959 – Florence Griffith Joyner, American sprinter (died in 1998)
1965 – Andy Dick, American comedian
1969 – Julie Delpy, French actress
1977 – Emmanuel Macron, French politician
December 21st History
1620 – William Bradford and the Mayflower Pilgrims landed on (what is now known as Plymouth Rock) in Plymouth, Massachusetts.
1913 – Arthur Wynne published his “word-cross”, the first crossword puzzle, in the New York World.
1937 – Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Walt Disney’s first full-length (83 minutes), animated film opened in Los Angeles, CA, at the Carthay Circle Theatre.
December 21, 1951 Birthday (fictional) Nick Fury, Marvel Cinematic Universe
1970 – Richard Nixon and Elvis Presley met at the White House. Elvis was there to help the government’s war on drugs.
1974 – #1 Hit December 21, 1974 – December 27, 1974: Harry Chapin – Cat’s in the Cradle
1975 – Ilich Ramírez Sánchez, better known as Carlos the Jackle, raided an OPEC meeting in Austria. Three people were killed in the attack.
1984 – Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo, Birdy, Johnny Dangerously, and The Flamingo Kid debuted in theaters.
1985 – #1 Hit December 21, 1985 – January 17, 1986: Lionel Richie – Say You, Say Me
1985 – Pope John Paul II announced the institution of ‘World Youth Day’.
1988 – Pan Am Flight 103 (London to New York) exploded in over Lockerbie, Scotland, killing all 243 passengers and 16 crew members aboard, as well as 11 Lockerbie residents on the ground. Libya admitted responsibility in 2003. “The Four Tops”, Tennis player Mats Wilander, Actress Kim Cattrall and Punk Rocker Johnny Rotten booked, but missed the flight.
1989 – The United States sends troops into Panama to overthrow the government of Manuel Noriega. Noriega surrendered on January 3, 1990.
1994 – Richie Rich was released in theaters.
1996 – NeXT merged with Apple Computer.
2001 – Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius debuted in theaters.
2001 – A Beautiful Mind, starring Russell Crowe had a limited release, the wide release of the film was January 4, 2002.
2007 – National Treasure: Book of Secrets, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, and P.S. I Love You debuted in theaters.
December 21, 2012 – The world was supposedly going to end according to several conspiracy theories.
Today’s Random Trivia and Shower Thoughts
Cheops’s Law: Nothing ever gets built on schedule or within budget.
When an app asks me to rate it whilst I’m using it – I always select “ask me later” NOT “never” because I don’t want the app to hate me.
Minnie Mouse’s full name is Minerva Mouse.
Otis Day and the Knights, famous for the song Shout were a fictional band created for the movie National Lampoon’s Animal House.
“Quidquid praecipies, esto brevis. (Whatever advice you give, be brief.)” – Horace
“Warning, this show contains scenes of graphic stupidity among four lifelong friends who compete to embarrass each other. Viewer Discretion is advised.” – The Narrator
Willie the ‘Kool cigarettes’ penguin has a wife named Millie.
In the song 12 Days if Christmas the singer is gifted 184 birds in total.
The biggest film of 1923: The Covered Wagon earned ~ $3,800,000
Pragmatism – a word invented by C.S. Pierce, in 1875.
“The #1 movie in America was called ‘Ass’ And that’s all it was for 90 minutes. It won eight Oscars that year, including best screenplay.” #Idiocracy #moviequotes
A group of Spiders is called a Cluster or Clutter.
I used to freeze and be vewwy quiet when I heard an unexpected knock on the door. Now I get excited to see what surprise the Amazon delivery man brings me.
“Man was made at the end of the week’s work when God was tired.” – Mark Twain
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