On this day: December 21

Published On: Dec 20 2012 11:02:51 PM CST   Updated On: Dec 21 2014 01:00:00 AM CST

The Pilgrims land on Plymouth Rock, the first crossword puzzle is published, "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" premieres, Gen. Patton dies, and Elvis visits Nixon at the White House, all on this day.

OTD December 21 - basketball
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1891: Eighteen students play the first public game of basketball, using a soccer ball and two peach baskets, in Springfield, Massachusetts. The game was the invention of James Naismith, a Canadian-American who was a physical education instructor at the International YMCA Training School in Springfield.

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