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 This day in History - December 21
361 Historic Events for December 21
1943

Jack Nance, actor (Rubbed Out)

Birth
1943

Albert Lee, rocker

Birth
1944

Cards' Marty Marion wins NL MVP

Event
1944

Michael Tilson Thomas, LA Calif, conductor (NY Phil Young People)

Birth
1944

Jared Martin, NYC, actor (Varian-Fantastic Voyage, Dusty-Dallas)

Birth
1945

Gould/Comden/Green's "Billion Dollar Baby," premieres in NYC

Event
1945

Millie Hughes-Fulford, Wells Tx, astronaut (STS 40)

Birth
1945

Doug Walters, cricketer (Aussie batting genius 1965-81 Extrovert)

Birth
1945

George S Patton, US General (Sicily/Normandy), dies in car crash at 60

Death
1945

"Billion Dollar Baby" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 219 performances

Event
1946

Earthquake in South Japan, kills 1,086

Event
1946

Morton Gould's "Minstrel Show," premieres in Indianapolis

Event
1946

"If the Shoe Fits" closes at Century Theater NYC after 20 performances

Event
1946

Frank Capra's "It's a Wonderful Life," premieres

Event
1946

Josh Mostel, NY, actor (Windy City, Animal Behavior, Money Pit)

Birth
1946

Christopher Keene, Berkeley Calif, conductor (La Traviata)

Birth
1946

Carl Dean Wilson, Hawthorne Calif, rock vocalist (Beach Boys-Barbie)

Birth
1948

Barry Gordon, Brookline Mass, actor (Gary-Archie Bunker's Place)

Birth
1948

Dave Kingman, baseball player (Mets, Yanks, Giants)

Birth
1948

Samuel L Jackson, actor (Amos and Andrew, White Sand, Pulp Fiction)

Birth
1948

Willem AFG Vermeend, Dutch economist/undersecretary of Finance (1994-)

Birth
1948

Carol Potter, NYC, actress (Beverly Hills 90210, Today's FBI)

Birth
1948

State of Eire (formerly Irish Free State) declares its independence

Event
1948

O'Neil Place in the Bronx erronously renamed O'Neill Place

Event
1948

Seishiro Itagaki, Japanese General/min of War, hanged

Death