December 21st

1995
Palestinians take control of Bethlehem. Isreali troops withdrew from the city under the Interim Agreement on the West Bank and the Gaza Strip signed in September 1995. The city was under a British mandate from 1920 to 1948, and then it was captured by Jordan during the Arab-Israeli War in 1948. Most recently, it was taken over by Israel during the Six-Day War in 1967.
Bethlehem
1991
Soviet Union formally dissolves as 11 of 12 republics sign treaty forming Commonwealth of Independent States.
Commonwealth of Independent States
1988
Lockerbie Bombing. A bomb exploded on Pan Am Flight number 103 on its way from Frankfurt, Germany, to Detroit, United States, over the Scottish city of Lockerbie. The terrorist attack killed all the passengers and crew on board and 11 people on the ground.
Pan Am Flight 103
1970
Elvis Presley met with president Richard Nixon in the White House.
Elvis Meets Nixon
1965
International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination adopted. The human rights convention was adopted by the United Nations' member states and was put into force on January 4, 1969. It attempts to eliminate racial discrimination in the world.
International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial ...
1937
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs released. The movie made by Walt Disney Productions was the world's first full-length animated feature film and it was based on a German fairy tale of the same name by the Brothers Grimm.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937 film)
1913
The first crossword puzzle was printed in the New York World.
Arthur Wynne
1898
French Scientists Pierre and Marie Curie discover radium.
Marie Curie
1891
1st game of basketball, based on rules created by James Naismith, played by 18 students in Springfield, Massachusetts.
James Naismith
1872
Phileas Fogg wins his wager. The fictional character created by French writer Jules Verne for his book, Around the World in Eighty Days, finished circumnavigating the world and reached London to win the wager he had set with his friends. The date also coincides with the publication of the last of the series that ended up becoming the now popular science fiction novel.
Around the World in Eighty Days
1620
103 Mayflower pilgrims land at Plymouth Rock [OS=Dec 11].
Plymouth Colony