On this day

Emmanuel Macron. Image: Wikimedia Commons

On This Day: What happened on 21 December?

We look back on this day in history and remember the people and events that shaped the world we live in today.

On this day

Emmanuel Macron. Image: Wikimedia Commons

Here’s a look at what happened on this day, 21 December, throughout history. We remember the news, events, and people that influenced the course of history forever.


1999 | A truck loaded with 950 kilograms of explosives was blocked by the Spanish Civil Defence Forces, the ETA group intended to use to blow up Torre Picasso in Madrid, Spain.

1992 | Few days before Christmas,  on this day the Dutch DC-10, a Martinair flight MP 495, crashed at Faro airport and killed 56, 106 were injured.

1999 | Cubana de Aviacion Flight 1216 was reported to have exceeded the runway at La Aurora International Airport, killing 18 people.

1988 | The first flight of Antonov AN-225, taking off from the Aerodrome factory in Svyatoshyn, on this day.

1907 | The Chilean army carried out the killing of 2 000 striking miners and striking workers, in Iquique, Chile.


1945 | United States Army general, led United States Army during WWII, George S. Patton, 60.

2014 | Australian singer and composer, Udo Jurgens, 80.

1848 | United States politician and lawyer, Kensey Johns, 89.

1950 | United States politician and former member of the United States senate, Hattie Wyatt Caraway, 72.

1942 | Father of American anthropology,  pioneer of modern anthropology, Franz Boas, 84.


1948 | American civil rights activist and  actor, Samuel L. Jackson.

1966 | British actor who appeared in 1987 movie “The Lost Boys” , Kiefer Sutherland.

1977 | President of  France, Emmanuel Jean-Michel Frédéric Macron.

1937| American actress, Jane Fonda.

1996 | British footballer, Ben Chilwell.

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1996 | The Premier League match between Middlesbrough and Blackburn Rovers was cancelled by Boro as Middlesbrough had 23 players who were not available due to illness, injury and suspension. No permission was granted for the postponement of the match although Middlesbrough were fined £50 000 and docked three points.


1879 | Henrik Ibsen’s “A Doll’s House” was premiered for the first time on this day at the Royal Theatre in Copenhagen, Denmark.


The World’s longest river is in Africa. The Nile River is the longest in the world, with 4 258 miles (6 853 km).