The Mayan calendar predicts the end of the world

December 21, 2012 Worldwide According to an interpretation of the Mayan Long Count calendar, this world (the fourth since creation) would end and a new would begin The interpretation claimed the calendar began with the date of creation of the fourth world on August 11, 3114 BC by using a modified vigesimal, or base 20,…

F. Scott Fitzgerald dies

December 21, 1940 Hollywood, California Author F. Scott Fitzgerald, best known for writing The Great Gatsby, dies at the age of 40 from a heart attack Fitzgerald was a known alcoholic during his life since his college years and claimed to have developed tuberculosis, though some dispute the claim theorizing he used this excuse to…

Pretoria Pit Explosion

December 21, 1910 Westhoughton, United Kingdom An underground explosion at the Hulton Bank Colliery No. 3 Pit, known as the Pretoria Pit, kills a total of 344 Mrs. Miriam Tyldesley was affected particularly gravely, losing her husband, 4 sons, and 2 brothers in the blast. A relief fund was started to provide financial support for…