21 December It Happened Today
1937 Birth of American actress Jane Fonda.
1940 Death of the American author F Scott Fitzgerald.
1945 Death of American General George S Patton. He had been injured in a car crash shortly before and died of his injuries.
1988 Two Soviet cosmonauts return to earth after a record 365 days in orbit.
1988 A Pan Am Jumbo jet is blown up over the Scottish town of Lockerbie.
1989 American troops invade Panama.