Friday 21 December 1945
It was Friday, under the sign of Sagittarius. The US president was Harry S. Truman (Democratic).
Famous people born on this day include Millie Hughes-Fulford in Wells and Alan Williams.
Scarlet Street, directed by Fritz Lang, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1945
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- Roman festivals - Divalia in honour of Angerona
- R.C. Saints - Saint Petrus Canisius ; formerly feast day of Thomas the apostle
- Also see December 21 (Eastern Orthodox liturgics)
- The summer solstice (Southern Hemisphere) or winter solstice (Northern Hemisphere), sometimes known as Yule, occurs on or very close to this date. It is an important festival in the Chinese calendar.
- Millie Hughes-Fulford in Wells: Texas, USA; astronaut (STS 40).
- Alan Williams: Welsh politician, a Member of Parliament returned at General Election on 6/11/1987.
- Millie Hughes-Fulford: Astronaut.
- George S Patton: US General (Sicily / Normandy), dies in car crash at 60.
- Billion Dollar Baby opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 219 performances
- George S. Patton, US general (Sicily/Normandy), dies in car crash in Heidelberg, Germany, at age 60.
- General George S. Patton dies from injuries sustained in a car accident on December 9.
- Twenty-eight nations sign an agreement creating the World Bank.
- Terror strikes are carried out against British military bases in Palestine.
- A team at Oak Ridge National Laboratory led by Charles Coryell discovers chemical element 61, the only one still missing between 1 and 96 on the periodic table, which they will name promethium.
- Raymond Libby develops the oral penicillin antibiotic.
- American Cyanamid discovers folic acid, a vitamin abundant in green leafy vegetables, liver, kidney, and yeast.Hoffbrand, AV Weir, DG (2001). ampquotThe history of folic acid.ampquot Br J Haematol 113 (3): 579–589. doi:10.1046/j.1365-2141.2001.02822.x.
- The first geothermal milk pasteurization is done in Klamath Falls, Oregon.
- Some time in August, Korea splits into two nations with the North being communist and the South being capitalist.
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