On this day: December 21

POSTED: 09:02 PM PST Dec 20, 2012    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PST Dec 20, 2015 

The Pilgrims land on Plymouth Rock, the first crossword puzzle is published, "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" premieres, Gen. Patton dies, and Elvis visits Nixon at the White House, all on this day.

OTD December 21 - Florence Griffith Joyner
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1959: Sprinter Florence Griffith Joyner, a five-time Olympic medalist, including three gold medals at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea, is born in Los Angeles. She died in her sleep as the result of an epileptic seizure at the age of 38 on Sept. 21, 1998.


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