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This Day in History: Dec. 21

1913: The first crossword puzzle is published, in a supplement to the New York World.
1914: The first German air raid on England during World War I takes place when Dover is attacked.
1968: Apollo 8, the first manned mission to orbit the moon, is launched.
1973: In Geneva, Switzerland, Israel and Arab countries begin their first peace conference.
1987: Soviet cosmonaunts Vladimir Titov and Musa Manarov return to Earth after setting an endurance record by spending 366 days aboard the Mir space station.
1988: A terrorist bomb causes Pan Am Flight 103 to explode and crash in Lockerbie, Scotland, killing all 259 on board and 11 on the ground.
1991: In a step toward the dissolution of the Soviet Union, presidents of all the Soviet republics except Georgia, meeting in Kazakhstan, sign a pact to create a commonwealth of independent states.


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