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Friday, December 21, 2012

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<a href="http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory/author-whorehouse-playwright-larry-king-dies-18037683" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Author, 'Whorehouse' Playwright Larry L. King Dies</a>ABC NewsLarry L. King, a writer and playwright whose magazine article about a campaign to close down a popular bordello became a hit Tony Award-nominated musical "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" and a movie starring Burt Reynolds, died Thursday. He was ...

<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/22/arts/larry-l-king-texan-author-and-playwright-dies-at-83.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Larry L. King, Texan Author and Playwright, Dies at 83</a>New York TimesLarry L. King, a journalist, essayist and playwright with a swaggering prose style and a rollicking personal one, who left Texas as a you

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December 21 in history


  • 1620, William Bradford and the Mayflower Pilgrims land on what is now known as Plymouth Rock in Plymouth, Massachusetts
  • 1844, the Rochdale Pioneers commence business at their cooperative in Rochdale, England, starting the Cooperative movement
  • 1861, Public Resolution 82, containing a provision for a Navy Medal of Valor, is signed into law by President Abraham Lincoln
  • 1913, Arthur Wynne's "word-cross", the first crossword puzzle, is published in the New York World
  • 1937, the film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the first feature-length animated cartoon in Technicolor, is premiered at the Carthay Circle Theater in Los Angeles
  • 1945, Gen. George S. Patton died in Heidelberg, Germany, of injuries from a car accident
  • 1967, Louis Washkansky, the first man to undergo a heart transplant, dies in Cape Town, South Africa, after living for 18 days
  • 1968, Apollo 8, the first manned mission to the moon, is launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. At 2h:50m:37s Mission elapsed time (MES), the crew performs the first ever manned Trans Lunar Injection and become the first humans to leave the Earth's gravity field
  • 1970, Elvis Presley meets with President Richard Nixon to discuss the war on drugs. ALSO: The F-14 Tomcat flies for the first time
  • 1971, the United Nations Security Council chooses Kurt Waldheim to succeed U Thant as Secretary-General
  • 1976, the Liberian-registered tanker Argo Merchant broke apart near Nantucket Island almost a week after running aground, spilling 7.5 million gallons of oil into the North Atlantic
  • 1988, a bomb explodes on board Pan Am flight 103 by practitioners of that "religion of peace" over Lockerbie, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland, killing 270
  • 1995, the city of Bethlehem passes from Israeli to Palestinian control; immediately Christians there begin to suffer
  • 2002, President Bush received a smallpox vaccination, fulfilling a promise he'd made when he ordered inoculations for about a half-million