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What Happened on this Day – December 21

What Happened on this Day – December 21 – 1st game of basketball based on rules created by James Naismith, which was played in Springfield, Massachusetts in 1891

(STL.News) According to onthisday.com the following events took place on December 21st.  :

  • 1620 – Mayflower Pilgrims come ashore at in Plymouth Bay, traditionally thought to be at Plymouth Rock, Massachusetts
  • 1891 – 1st game of basketball, based on rules created by James Naismith, played by 18 students in Springfield, Massachusetts
  • 1898 – French Scientists Pierre and Marie Curie discover radium
  • 1937 – The first full-length animated feature film and the earliest in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series, “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”, premieres at the Carthay Circle Theatre
  • 1968 – Glen Campbell’s album “Wichita Lineman” goes to #1 in the US
  • 1988 – Lockerbie Disaster: Pan Am Flight 103 destroyed mid air by a terrorist bomb killing all 258 on board over Scotland
  • 1991 – Soviet Union formally dissolves as 11 of 12 republics sign treaty forming Commonwealth of Independent States
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