DECEMBER 21: The Daily Flashback
1620: The Mayflower and its passengers, pilgrims from England, landed at Plymouth Rock.
1898: Scientists Pierre and Marie Curie discovered the radioactive element radium.
1913: Arthur Wynne published a new “word-cross” puzzle in The New York World in England. The name was later changed to “crossword.”
1937: Walt Disney debuted “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” the first, full-length, animated Hollywood feature film.
1951: Joe DiMaggio announced his retirement from major league baseball.
1956: LaVern Baker recorded “Jim Dandy.”
1959: Chuck Berry was arrested when a 14-year-old girl he brought from Texas to work in his St. Louis club reported him to police. Berry served 20 months in prison for transporting a minor across state lines.
1968: Crosby, Stills and Nash performed together in public for the first time.
1970: Elvis Presley went to the White House to volunteer his services to U.S. President Nixon on fighting the nation’s drug problems. He gave Nixon a chrome-plated Colt .45, and Tricky Dick gave Elvis a Narcotics Bureau badge.
1972: Martha Reeves & the Vandellas gave their farewell performance in Detroit.
1974: Harry Chapin’s “Cat’s in the Cradle” hit No.1 in the US.
1978: Police in Illinois arrested John Wayne Gacy Jr. and began unearthing the remains of 33 men and boys that Gacy was later convicted of killing.
1988: 270 people were killed when Pan Am Boeing 747 exploded over Lockerbie, Scotland, due to a terrorist attack.
1991: “Bohemian Rhapsody” shot back up to No. 1 on the UK charts after the death of Freddie Mercury and stayed there for five weeks.
1996: After two years of denials, U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich admitted violating House ethics rules.
2005: In Windsor, England, Elton John and David Furnish took part in a civil ceremony (gay marriage is not legal in England) to make their union official.
2013: After five years and 387 shows, Leonard Cohen wrapped up his “Grand Tour” in Auckland, New Zealand. It was the last concert he ever played.
1933: Freddie Hart
1937: Jane Fonda
1940: Frank Zappa
1942: Carla Thomas
1943: Albert Lee
1944: Michael Tilson Thomas
1946: Carl Wilson
1951: Nick Gilder
1953: Betty Wright
1956: Jim Rose
1992: Albert King