Dec 22

December 22, 1999: Any Given Sunday Released

On this day in 1999, “Any Given Sunday” was released in U.S. movie theaters. Director Oliver Stone’s take on professional football did not work in a lot of areas, but did feature the greatest speech ever captured in a sports movie.

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Dec 21

December 21, 1913: First Crossword Puzzle Published

On this day in 1913, the first crossword puzzle was published in the Sunday edition of the New York World. Invented by British journalist Arthur Wynne, it is now a staple of all newspapers.

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Dec 20

December 20, 1803: The Louisiana Purchase is Completed

On this day in 1803, France turned control of New Orleans over to the United States. The transfer of power completed the Louisiana Purchase.

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Dec 19

December 19, 1843: A Christmas Carol Released

On this day in 1843, “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens went on sale. This classic Christmas story is also one of the first self-published works in history.

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Dec 18

December 18, 1946: Steven Spielberg Born

On this day in 1946, Steven Spielberg was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is arguably the most influential filmmaker of all time.

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Dec 17

December 17, 1862: General Grant Issues Order No. 11

On this day in 1862, Union Major General Ulysses Grant issued General Order No. 11. The document expelled all Jews from his military district, which consisted of parts of Tennessee, Mississippi and Kentucky.

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Dec 16

December 16, 1985: Paul Castellano Murdered

On this day in 1985, Gambino Crime Family boss Costantino Paul Castellano and underboss Thomas Bilotti were gunned down outside of Sparks Steakhouse in Midtown Manhattan. Castellano’s murder is the most high-profile mob hit of the last 30 years.

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Dec 15

December 15, 2001: Leaning Tower of Pisa Reopens

On this day in 2001, the Leaning Tower of Pisa Reopened in Italy. It was the completion of an 11-year project to preserve one of Italy’s most historic structures.

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Dec 14

December 14, 1986: Voyager Begins World Flight

On this day in 1986, the Rutan Model 76 Voyager took off from Edwards Air Force Base in California’s Mojave Desert. Nine days later, it became the first aircraft to fly around the world with stopping or refueling.

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Dec 13

December 13, 1975: Saturday Night Live Uses Delay on Richard Pryor

On this day in 1975, Richard Pryor hosted Saturday Night Live (SNL) under a five-second broadcast delay. This is the first time SNL used a delay on one of its hosts to prevent profanity from making the airwaves.

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