Tuesday, September 27, 2022 (Week 39)

December 22 in History

What happened on December 22 in history?

A chronological timetable of historical events that occurred on december 22 in history. Historical facts of the day in the areas of military, politics, science, music, sports, arts, entertainment and more. Discover what happened on december 22 in history.

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2010
US President Barack Obama signs a law officially repealing the 17-year-old policy known as “Don’t ask, don’t tell”; the new law permits homosexuals to serve openly in the US military.
2008
Some 1.1 billion gallons of coal fly ash slurry flood part of Tennessee after an ash dike breaks at a solid waste containment area in Roane County, in the eastern part of the state.
2001
President of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai, takes over an interim government.
2001
A passenger on American Airlines Flight 63 from Paris, Richard Reid, unsuccessfully attempts to destroy the plane in flight by igniting explosives he’d hidden in his shoes.
1997
Hussein Farrah Aidid relinquishes his disputed title of President of Somalia, an important step toward reconciliation in the country.
1992
What became known as the Archives of Terror are discovered in a police station near the capital of Paraguay. The records detail tens of thousands of Latin Americans who had been secretly imprisoned, tortured and / or killed by the security services of several South American governments.
1989
The Romanian government of Nicolae Ceausescu is overthrown, ending 42 years of communist rule.
1989
The division of East and West Germany effectively ends when the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin reopens for the first time in nearly 30 years.
1966
The United States announces the allocation of 900,000 tons of grain to fight the famine in India.
1965
The EF-105F Wild Weasel makes its first kill over Vietnam.
1945
The United States recognizes Tito’s government in Yugoslavia.
1944
During the Battle of the Bulge, General Anthony McAuliffe responds to a German surrender request with a one word answer: “Nuts!”
1942
The Soviets drive German troops back 15 miles at the Don River.
1941
Japanese troops make an amphibious landing on the coast of Lingayen Gulf on Luzon, the Philippines.
1929
Soviet troops leave Manchuria after a truce is reached with the Chinese over the Eastern Railway dispute.
1918
The last of the food restrictions, enforced because of the shortages during World War I, are lifted.
1829
The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad opens the first passenger railway line.
1807
Congress passes the Embargo Act, which halts all trading completely. It is hoped that the act will keep the United States out of the European Wars.
1775
Esek Hopkins takes command of the Continental Navy — a total of seven ships.
1135
Stephen of Blois is crowned the king of England.