This Day in Pop Culture for December 21

2012: ‘Gangnam Style’ Mania

Up until 2012, most Americans had never heard of the South Korean singer, Park Jae-sang, aka Psy, but 2012 was his year. In July, he released his sixth album, Psy 6 (Six Rules), Part 1. The song, “Gagnam Style” was heard outside of Asia. In August, it ranked on YouTube’s number one spot for “Most Viewed Videos” monthly chart beating out Justin Bieber and Katy Perry. Not only was the video a hit with the general public, but it was praised by a number of celebrities as well making it all the more popular. On this day in 2012, his “Gangnam Style” music video went well above one billion views on YouTube making it the first video to do so. Today, the video has been seen over 4 billion times.

1913: The First Crossword Puzzle

Arthur Wynne was born in 1871 in Liverpool England where his father served as the editor of the local Liverpool Mercury newspaper. In 1891, he immigrated to the United States living in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where he began to work for the Pittsburgh Press. In 1913, while working for New York World, he began creating games for the newspaper’s “Fun” section. On this day, he published a “Word Cross Puzzle” which is credited for being the first crossword puzzle. However, the design was set in a diamond shape instead of the customary square. A few weeks after the first puzzle was printed, a second one was published, but there was a typesetting error which named it a “Cross-Word” puzzle. From then on out, his puzzle were knowns as “Crossword Puzzles.”

Dalek Day

Today is International Dalek Remembrance Day, remembering the cyborg creatures who roamed about in the Doctor Who universe.

1620: Plymouth Rock

The Mayflower Pilgrims made it to the shore off Plymouth Bay at a site now known as Plymouth Rock

1968: Glen Campbell’s #1

Glen Campbell’s album, “Wichita Lineman” went up to the #1 spot in U.S. charts.


  • 1937: Jane Fonda (actress)
  • 1940: Frank Zappa (singer)
  • 1948: Samuel L. Jackson (actor)
  • 1950: Jeffrey Katzenberg (film producer)
  • 1954: Chris Evert (tennis player)
  • 1957: Ray Romano (actor)
  • 1959: Florence Griffith Joyner (Olympic sprinter)
  • 1965: Andy Dick (actor)
  • 1966: Kiefer Sutherland (actor)

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