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Today’s History Spotlight
“The Vision of George Washington” is republished in Stars and Stripes. This story first came to light in 1859, when a man named Anthony Sherman disclosed it to a journalist named Wesley Bradshaw. Sherman, at 99 years of age, claimed to be a veteran of the Continental Army who was present with Washington at Valley Forge.
According to Sherman, Washington spoke of a supernatural vision that included three great perils befalling America. The first is often interpreted as the American Revolution, while the second is said to be the Civil War, and the third is yet to happen. The account has been met with much skepticism, but is nonetheless interesting. Following the original disclosure, it was published in 1880.
What Happened On This Day – December 21
- 1995 Palestinians take control of Bethlehem. Israeli troops withdrew from the city under the Interim Agreement on the West Bank and the Gaza Strip signed in September 1995. The city was under a British mandate from 1920 to 1948, and then it was captured by Jordan during the Arab-Israeli War in 1948. Most recently, it was taken over by Israel during the Six-Day War in 1967.
- 1988 Lockerbie Bombing. A bomb exploded on Pan Am Flight number 103 on its way from Frankfurt, Germany, to Detroit, United States, over the Scottish city of Lockerbie. The terrorist attack killed all the passengers and crew on board and 11 people on the ground.
- 1965 International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination adopted. The human rights convention was adopted by the United Nations’ member states and was put into force on January 4, 1969. It attempts to eliminate racial discrimination in the world.
- 1937 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs released. The movie made by Walt Disney Productions was the world’s first full-length animated feature film and it was based on a German fairy tale of the same name by the Brothers Grimm.
- 1872 Phileas Fogg wins his wager. The fictional character created by French writer Jules Verne for his book, Around the World in Eighty Days, finished circumnavigating the world and reached London to win the wager he had set with his friends. The date also coincides with the publication of the last of the series that ended up becoming the now popular science fiction novel.
Births On This Day – December 21
- 1982 Philip Humber – American baseball player
- 1966 Kiefer Sutherland – English/Canadian actor, director, producer
- 1940 Frank Zappa – American singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer
- 1804 Benjamin Disraeli – English politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
- 1118 Thomas Becket – English archbishop
Deaths On This Day – December 21
- 1963 Jack Hobbs – English cricketer
- 1945 George S. Patton – American general
- 1940 F. Scott Fitzgerald – American author
- 1935 Kurt Tucholsky – German journalist
- 72 Thomas the Apostle
The sections “What Happened On This Day,” “Births On This Day,” and “Deaths On This Day” originally appeared at TimeandDate.com and is republished with permission. ©All rights reserved.