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 On this day December 19-25, 2021 (week 51) infographic
Graphics show birthdays and anniversaries on each day for the week.


On this day December 19-25, 2021 (week 51)

December 19, 2021 - December 25, 2021 - Graphics show birthdays and anniversaries for each day of the week. This week features the ruins of the World Trade Centre, the first electricity generated by nuclear power, the first game of basketball, the Jacquard loom, Boeing’s 737 MAX, Giuseppe Verdi’s opera Aida, and the end of the Soviet Union

December 19. 2001: The New York Fire Department said that fires burning in the ruins of the World Trade Centre were finally extinguished, three months after the 9/11 terror attacks

December 20, 1951: The first electricity generated by nuclear power illuminated light bulbs at the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission’s National Reactor Testing Station in Idaho

December 21, 1891: The first game of basketball, devised by a Canadian gym teacher, was played at a U.S. college. It has evolved into one of the world’s most popular sports

December 22, 1801: French silk weaver Joseph Marie Jacquard patented a loom that used punch cards to control a sequence of operations, enabling the weaving of intricate patterns

December 23, 2019: Boeing fired its CEO, Dennis Muilenburg, amidst ongoing controversy over two fatal crashes of the Boeing 737 MAX that grounded the entire fleet

December 24, 1871: Giuseppe Verdi’s Aida, set in Egypt, was first performed in Cairo in an opera house built by the Khedive to mark the opening of the Suez Canal

December 25, 1991: The Soviet Union ceased to exist after the resignation of President Mikhail Gorbachev, with Russian President Boris Yeltsin taking power

PUBLISHED: 06/12/2021; DESIGN: Phil Bainbridge; PICTURE RESEARCH: Julie Mullins; EVENT SELECTION: Fiona Roberts and Susan Shepherd; PROOFING: Julie Mullins; TECHNICAL CONSTRUCTION: Fiona Roberts;; STORY: Julie Mullins; PICTURES: Newscom, Getty, Associated Press