December 21

This Day in History

1975

The Jackal Attacks OPEC headquarters

In Vienna, Austria, Carlos the Jackal leads a raid on a meeting of oil ministers from the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC). German and Arab terrorists stormed in with machine guns, … (more...)

1872

First Scientific Maritime Voyage Departs

"On this day in 1872, the HMS Challenger embarked from Portsmouth, England, on the world's first scientific voyage across the world. The Challenger's four-year journey would change the course of … (more...)

841

First Chinese New Year

"The winter solstice of 841 BCE, on 21 December, marks the beginning date of the Chinese calendar, still used across East Asia. Unlike the Gregorian calendar, which is the most widely used across the … (more...)