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On December the 21st
Israeli troops withdrew from the city of Bethlehem, after 27 years.
A bomb exploded aboard Pan Am flight 103 while over Lockerbie, Scotland, resulting in the death of 270 people.
The Apollo 8 was launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, it was the first craft to orbit the moon.
Canadian actor, Kiefer Sutherland, was born in London, England. He is the son of legendary star Donald Sutherland and is most known for his hit television series, 24.
American army general, George S. Patton, died at the age of 60. He died from the injuries he received in a car crash.
American musician, Frank Zappa, was born in Maryland, USA. He released more than sixty albums in his 33 year career in music and is widely considered as one of the most influential musicians of the rock era of music.
American writer, F. Scott Fitzgerald, died at the age of 44. he is widely considered as one of the greatest American writers of the 20th century and is best remembered for his novels, The Great Gatsby and This Side of Paradise.
American actress, Jane Fonda, was born in New York.
American talk show host, Phil Donahue, was born in Cleveland, Ohio. He was the creator and host of The Phil Donahue Show which run for 27 years on American national television.
The first ever crossword puzzle was published in the newspaper, New York World.
English, Thomas Becket, was born in London. He was the Lord Chancellor of England and the Archbishop of Canterbury. He is most known for his conflict with King Henry II regarding the over the rights of the Church for which he was assassinated in the cathedral of Canterbury.
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