To­day in his­tory

Antelope Valley Press - - Opinion -

To­day is Satur­day, Dec. 21, the 355th day of 2019. There are 10 days left in the year. Win­ter ar­rives at 8:19 p.m.

On this date in his­tory On Dec. 21, 1988, 270 peo­ple were killed when a ter­ror­ist bomb ex­ploded aboard a Pam Am Boe­ing 747 over Locker­bie, Scot­land, send­ing wreck­age crash­ing to the ground.

1620 — Pil­grims aboard the Mayflower went ashore for the first time at present-day Ply­mouth, Mas­sachusetts.

1861 — Pres­i­dent Abra­ham Lin­coln signed a con­gres­sional act au­tho­riz­ing the Navy Medal of Honor.

1864 — Dur­ing the Civil War, Union forces led by Maj. Gen. Wil­liam T. Sher­man con­cluded their “March to the Sea” as they cap­tured Sa­van­nah, Ge­or­gia.

1891 — The first bas­ket­ball game, de­vised by James Nai­smith, is be­lieved to have been played at the In­ter­na­tional YMCA Train­ing School in Spring­field, Mas­sachusetts. (The fi­nal score of this ex­per­i­men­tal game: 1-0.)

1913 — The first news­pa­per crossword puzzle, billed as a “Word-Cross Puzzle,” was pub­lished in the New York World.

1914 — The U.S. gov­ern­ment be­gan re­quir­ing pass­port ap­pli­cants to pro­vide pho­to­graphs of them­selves.

1945 — U.S. Army Gen. Ge­orge S. Pat­ton, 60, died in Hei­del­berg, Ger­many, 12 days af­ter be­ing se­ri­ously in­jured in a car ac­ci­dent.

1967 — Louis Washkan­sky, the first hu­man heart trans­plant re­cip­i­ent, died at a hos­pi­tal in Cape Town, South Africa, 18 days af­ter re­ceiv­ing the donor or­gan. The satir­i­cal com­edy-drama “The Grad­u­ate,” star­ring Anne Ban­croft and Dustin Hoff­man, was re­leased by Em­bassy Pictures.

1968 — Apollo 8 was launched on a mis­sion to or­bit the moon.

1969 — Vince Lom­bardi coached his last foot­ball game as his team, the Wash­ing­ton Red­skins, lost to the Dal­las Cow­boys, 20-10.

1991 — Eleven of the 12 for­mer Soviet re­publics pro­claimed the birth of the Com­mon­wealth of In­de­pen­dent States and the death of the Union of Soviet So­cial­ist Re­publics.

1995 — The city of Beth­le­hem passed from Is­raeli to Pales­tinian con­trol.

Ten years ago — Pres­i­dent Barack Obama hailed a cru­cial, early-morn­ing test vote in the Se­nate on his health care over­haul, in which all 58 Democrats and two in­de­pen­dents held to­gether against unan­i­mous Repub­li­can op­po­si­tion. The Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion im­posed a 3-hour limit on how long air­lines can keep pas­sen­gers wait­ing in­side planes de­layed on the ground.

One year ago — The House and Se­nate ad­journed with­out a deal on spend­ing, guar­an­tee­ing that a par­tial gov­ern­ment shutdown would be­gin at mid­night; Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump con­tin­ued to push for $5 bil­lion in bor­der wall fund­ing, a pro­posal Democrats staunchly op­posed.

To­day’s birth­days Talk show host Phil Don­ahue is 84. Ac­tress Jane Fonda is 82. Ac­tor Larry Bryg­gman is 81. Singer Carla Thomas is 77. Mu­si­cian Al­bert Lee is

76. Con­duc­tor Michael Til­son Thomas is 75. Ac­tor Josh Mos­tel is 73. Ac­tor Sa­muel L. Jackson is 71. Rock singer Nick Gilder is 69. Movie pro­ducer Jef­frey Katzen­berg is

69. Ac­tor Den­nis Bout­sikaris is 67. Singer Betty Wright is

66. In­ter­na­tional Ten­nis Hall of Famer Chris Evert is 65. Ac­tress Jane Kacz­marek is

64. Coun­try singer Lee Roy Par­nell is 63. En­ter­tainer Jim Rose is 63. For­mer child ac­tress Lisa Ger­rit­sen is 62. Ac­tor-co­me­dian

Ray Ro­mano is

62. Trea­sury Sec­re­tary Steven Mnuchin is 57. Coun­try singer Christy Forester (The Forester Sis­ters) is 57. Rock mu­si­cian Murph (The Le­mon­heads; Di­nosaur Jr.) is 55. Ac­tor-co­me­dian Andy Dick is 54. Rock mu­si­cian Gabrielle Glaser is

54. Ac­tress Michelle Hurd is

53. Ac­tor Kiefer Suther­land is 53. Ac­tress Karri Turner is

53. Ac­tress Khrystyne Haje is

51. Coun­try singer Brad War­ren (The War­ren Broth­ers) is 51. Ac­tress Julie Delpy is

50. Coun­try singer-mu­si­cian Rhean Boyer (Carolina Rain) is 49. Con­tem­po­rary Chris­tian singer Natalie Grant is

48. Ac­tor Glenn Fitzger­ald is 48. Singer-mu­si­cian Brett Scal­lions is 48. World Golf Hall of Famer Kar­rie Webb is

45. Rock singer Lukas Rossi (Rock Star Su­per­nova) is 43. Ac­tress Rutina Wes­ley is 41. Rock mu­si­cian Anna Bul­brook (Air­borne Toxic Event) is 37. Coun­try singer Luke Strick­lin is 37. Ac­tor Steven Yeun is 36. Ac­tress Kait­lyn Dever is 23.

Thought for to­day

“It is not nec­es­sary to un­der­stand things in or­der to ar­gue about them.” — Pierre Au­gustin Caron de Beau­mar­chais, French au­thor and drama­tist (1732-1799).

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