On this day: December 21

Published On: Dec 20 2012 11:02:51 PM CST   Updated On: Dec 21 2015 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 - Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
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Walt Disney Pictures

1937: Walt Disney's "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs," the world's first full-length animated feature, premieres at the Carthay Circle Theater in Hollywood. The film received a standing ovation from a star-studded audience that included such celebrities as Charlie Chaplin, Shirley Temple, Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Judy Garland, Ginger Rogers, Jack Benny, Fred MacMurray and Clark Gable. Following successful exclusive runs in New York City and Miami, RKO Radio Pictures put the film into general release on Feb. 4, 1938. It would go on to become a major box-office success, making four times more money than any other motion picture released in 1938.

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