On this day: December 21

Published On: Dec 20 2012 11:02:51 PM CST   Updated On: Dec 21 2012 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 - Frank Zappa
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1940: Rock musician, composer and film director Frank Zappa is born in Baltimore, Md. In a career spanning more than 30 years, Zappa wrote rock, jazz and orchestral works, and produced nearly all of the more than 60 albums he released with the band The Mothers of Invention and as a solo artist. He also directed feature-length films and music videos, and designed album covers. He dies of prostate cancer at age 52 on Dec. 4, 1993.

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