December 22 Events

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December 22nd, 2003 (December 22 2003)EventA magnitude 6.6 earthquake hits near San Simeon, California.
December 22nd, 2001 (December 22 2001)EventBurhanuddin Rabbani, political leader of the Afghan Northern Alliance, hands over power in Afghanistan to the interim government headed by President Hamid Karzai.Hamid Karzai Quotes
December 22nd, 2001 (December 22 2001)EventRichard Reid attempts to destroy a passenger airliner by igniting explosives hidden in his shoes aboard American Airlines Flight 63.
December 22nd, 1999 (December 22 1999)EventThe Spanish Civil Guard finds near Calatayud (Zaragoza) another van loaded by ETA with 750 kg of explosives (see related event on December 21, 1999).
December 22nd, 1997 (December 22 1997)EventActeal massacre: Attendees at a prayer meeting of Roman Catholic activists for indigenous causes in the small village of Acteal in the Mexican state of Chiapas are massacred by paramilitary forces.
December 22nd, 1990 (December 22 1990)EventFinal independence of Marshall Islands and Federated States of Micronesia after termination of trusteeship.
December 22nd, 1989 (December 22 1989)EventAfter a week of bloody demonstrations, Ion Iliescu takes over as president of Romania, ending Nicolae Ceausescu s Communist dictatorship.
December 22nd, 1989 (December 22 1989)EventBerlin s Brandenburg Gate re-opens after nearly 30 years, effectively ending the division of East and West Germany.
December 22nd, 1989 (December 22 1989)EventKempsey bus crash: Two tourist coaches collide on the Pacific Highway north of Kempsey, New South Wales
December 22nd, 1988 (December 22 1988)EventChico Mendes, a Brazilian rubber tapper, unionist and environmental activist, is assassinated.
December 22nd, 1984 (December 22 1984)EventSubway vigilante Bernhard Hugo Goetz shoots four African-American men on an express train in The Bronx borough of New York City.
December 22nd, 1978 (December 22 1978)EventThe pivotal Third Plenum of the 11th National Congress of the Communist Party of China is held in Beijing, with Deng Xiaoping reversing Mao-era policies to pursue a program for Chinese economic reform. Deng Xiaoping Quotes
December 22nd, 1974 (December 22 1974)EventGrande Comore, Anjouan and Moheli vote to become the independent nation of Comoros. Mayotte remains under French administration.
December 22nd, 1974 (December 22 1974)EventTed Heath s house is attacked by members of the Provisional IRA.
December 22nd, 1965 (December 22 1965)EventIn the United Kingdom, a 70mph speed limit is applied to all rural roads including motorways for the first time. Previously, there had been no speed limit.
December 22nd, 1964 (December 22 1964)EventComedian Lenny Bruce is convicted of obscenity.Lenny Bruce Quotes
December 22nd, 1964 (December 22 1964)EventFirst flight of the SR-71 (Blackbird).
December 22nd, 1963 (December 22 1963)EventCruise ship Lakonia burns 180 miles north of Madeira with the loss of 128 lives.
December 22nd, 1956 (December 22 1956)EventColo is born, the first gorilla to be bred in captivity.
December 22nd, 1947 (December 22 1947)EventThe Constituent Assembly of Italy approves its constitution.
December 22nd, 1944 (December 22 1944)EventWorld War II: Battle of the Bulge--German troops demand the surrender of United States troops at Bastogne, Belgium, prompting the famous one word reply by General Anthony McAuliffe: "Nuts!"Anthony McAuliffe Quotes
December 22nd, 1944 (December 22 1944)EventWorld War II: Vietnam People s Army is formed to resist Japanese occupation of Indo-China, now Vietnam.
December 22nd, 1942 (December 22 1942)EventWorld War II: Adolf Hitler signs the order to develop the V-2 rocket as a weapon.Adolf Hitler Quotes
December 22nd, 1940 (December 22 1940)EventWorld War II: Himare is captured by the Greek army.
December 22nd, 1937 (December 22 1937)EventThe Lincoln Tunnel opens to traffic in New York City.
December 22nd, 1920 (December 22 1920)EventThe GOELRO economic development plan is adopted by the 8th Congress of Soviets of the Russian SFSR.
December 22nd, 1894 (December 22 1894)EventThe Dreyfus affair begins, in France, when Alfred Dreyfus is wrongly convicted of treason, on antisemitic grounds.
December 22nd, 1890 (December 22 1890)EventCornwallis Valley Railway begins operation between Kingsport and Kentville, Nova Scotia.
December 22nd, 1885 (December 22 1885)EventIto Hirobumi, a samurai, became the first Prime Minister of Japan.
December 22nd, 1864 (December 22 1864)EventSavannah, Georgia falls to General William Tecumseh Sherman, concluding his "March to the Sea".William Tecumseh Sherman Quotes
December 22nd, 1851 (December 22 1851)EventThe first freight train is operated in Roorkee, India.
December 22nd, 1849 (December 22 1849)EventThe execution of Fyodor Dostoevsky is called off at the last second.Fyodor Dostoevsky Quotes
December 22nd, 1809 (December 22 1809)EventThe Non-Intercourse Act, lifting the Embargo Act except for the United Kingdom and France, passes the U.S. Congress.
December 22nd, 1807 (December 22 1807)EventThe Embargo Act, forbidding trade with all foreign countries, is passed by the U.S. Congress, at the urging of President Thomas Jefferson.Thomas Jefferson Quotes
December 22nd, 1790 (December 22 1790)EventThe Turkish fortress of Izmail is stormed and captured by Suvorov and his Russian armies.

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