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    • December 22, 1603 Mehmed III Sultan of the Ottoman Empire dies and is succeeded by his son Ahmed I.

    • December 22, 1772 Moravian missionary constructs first schoolhouse west of Allegheny

    • December 22, 1775 Continental navy organized with 7 ships

    • December 22, 1790 The Turkish fortress of Izmail is stormed and captured by Suvorov and his Russian armies.

    • December 22, 1807 An Embargo Act signed by President Jefferson prohibits all ships from leaving U S ports for foreign ports


    • December 22, 1807 "The Embargo Act, forbidding trade with all foreign countries, is passed by the U.S. Congress, at the urging of President Thomas Jefferson."

    • December 22, 1808 "In a mammoth concert at the Theater an der Wien in Vienna, Ludwig van Beethoven premieres his Fifth Symphony as well as his Sixth Symphony, Fourth Piano Concerto and Choral Fantasy."

    • December 22, 1809 "The Non-Intercourse Act, lifting the Embargo Act except for the United Kingdom and France, passes the U.S. Congress."

    • December 22, 1809 US passes Non-Intercourse Act; opens trade with all nations except Britain and France; to retaliate against Napoleon's Decrees and British blockade; causes commercial depression in Canada.

    • December 22, 1815 Spaniards execute Mexican revolutionary priest Jose Maria Morelos

    • December 22, 1820 "The 1820 Radicals, sentenced to transportation to Australia, set sail on the convict ship Speke. Only one, Andrew White, returned when pardoned to Scotland"

    • December 22, 1845 "The first voice synthesizer, later known as P.T. Barnum's Euphonium, was demonstrated to the public in Philadelphia on this day in 1845."

    • December 22, 1849 The execution of Fyodor Dostoevsky is called off at the last second.

    • December 22, 1849 Writer (Crime and Punishmen)Fyodor Dostoevsky is led before a firing squad and prepared for execution. He had been convicted and sentenced to death on November 16 for allegedly taking part in reprieved and sent into exile.

    • December 22, 1851 "The first freight train is operated in Roorkee, India."

    • December 22, 1859 In Winnipeg Manitoba the Nor'Wester newspaper is first published on the Canadian Prairies

    • December 22, 1861 "Sara Jeannette Duncan, journalist, novelist, was born at Brantford, Ontario, she joined the Toronto Globe in 1886-87, as its first female full time journalist"

    • December 22, 1864 "HMS Bombay at Montevideo lost to fire off Montevideo, with the loss of nearly a hundred lives"

    • December 22, 1864 "Savannah, Georgia falls to General William Tecumseh Sherman, concluding his ""March to the Sea""."

    • December 22, 1869 Newfoundlanders vote against joining Confederation. (later they see the error of their ways and join up)

    • December 22, 1870 "Jules Janssen, flies in a balloon in order to study a solar eclipse"

    • December 22, 1877 """American Bicycling Journal"" begins publishing (Boston, Mass)"

    • December 22, 1877 "Montreal Quebec-Laval University opens a branch campus in Montreal, later the University of Montreal"

    • December 22, 1885 "Ito Hirobumi, a samurai, became the first Prime Minister of Japan."

    • December 22, 1885 Pope Leo XIII proclaims extraordinary jubilee

    • December 22, 1894 "French officer Alfred Dreyfus court-martialed for treason, triggers worldwide charges of anti-Semitism (Dreyfus later vindicated)"

    • December 22, 1894 "The Dreyfus affair begins, in France, when Alfred Dreyfus is wrongly convicted of treason, on antisemitic grounds."

    • December 22, 1897 "Bering Sea Claims Commission recommends US pay Canadian sealers $463,454; to compensate for seizure of vessels."

    • December 22, 1900 "A new 35-horsepower car built by Daimler from a design by Emil Jellinek was completed. The car was named for Jellinek's daughter, Mercedes."

    • December 22, 1910 US postal savings stamps first issued

    • December 22, 1919 US deports 250 alien radicals

    • December 22, 1920 The GOELRO economic development plan is adopted by the 8th Congress of Soviets of the Russian SFSR.

    • December 22, 1922 "Montreal Quebec official opening of the Mount Royal Hotel, with 1.046 rooms."

    • December 22, 1936 "The initial common carrier license issued by ICC, Scranton, Pa"

    • December 22, 1937 Lincoln Tunnel opens to traffic

    • December 22, 1937 The Lincoln Tunnel opens to traffic in New York City.

    • December 22, 1938 "Lucien Bouchard, lawyer, politician, born at St-Coeur-de-Marie, Quebec was born"

    • December 22, 1939 125 die in train wreck at Magdeburg Germany; 99 die in 2nd wreck at Friedrichshafen Germany

    • December 22, 1940 World War II: Himar is captured by the Greek army.

    • December 22, 1941 "Japanese capture Sugar Loaf Hill at 12 noon, but Canadians from C Company of the Royal Rifles recapture the hill; later taken out to Stanley Fort down the peninsula, for a rest; will hold out until their ammunition, food and water are exhausted."

    • December 22, 1941 Winston Churchill arrives in Washington for a wartime conference

    • December 22, 1943 "Canadian First Division surrounds Ortona, cuts off German retreat; starts week-long battle with savage house to house fighting."

    • December 22, 1944 "Germans demand surrender of American troops at Bastogne, Belgium"

    • December 22, 1944 "World War II: Vietnam People's Army is formed to resist Japanese occupation of Indo-China, now Vietnam."

    • December 22, 1947 Italian constituent assembly adopts new constitution

    • December 22, 1947 The Constituent Assembly of Italy approves its constitution.

    • December 22, 1950 "2 self-propelled trains of Long Island RR collide, killing 77"

    • December 22, 1950 "HMCS Athabaskan relieved for repairs and general maintenance; had performed carrier screen duty, escorted shipping, carried out blockade patrols and provided anti-aircraft protection and general support for the forces evacuating Inchon."

    • December 22, 1952 The Canadian government announces plans to build the National Library of Canada in Ottawa

    • December 22, 1956 "Colo is born, the first gorilla to be bred in captivity."

    • December 22, 1959 New York Rangers goalie Marcel Paille wears a customized face mask during a game.

    • December 22, 1960 Helicopters of HS-3 and HU-2 from Valley Forge rescued 27 men from the oiler SS Pine Ridge as she was breaking up in heavy seas 100 miles off Cape Hatteras.

    • December 22, 1962 Kinderman Place in the Bronx named

    • December 22, 1963 Cruise ship Lakonia burns 180 miles north of Madeira with the loss of 128 lives.

    • December 22, 1963 Official 30-day mourning period for President John F Kennedy ends

    • December 22, 1963 Reginald Binette kills four parishioners of Christ the King Roman Catholic Church in Ottawa in robbery attempt

    • December 22, 1964 Comedian Lenny Bruce is convicted of obscenity.

    • December 22, 1964 First flight of the SR-71 (Blackbird).

    • December 22, 1964 "Lockheed SR-71 spy aircraft reaches 3,530 kph (record for a jet)"

    • December 22, 1964 Quebec- Opening of the Eastern Townships Autoroute.

    • December 22, 1965 Radio Mil (Domincan Republic) transmitter blown up

    • December 22, 1967 "Then Justice Minister Pierre Trudeau tells the Commons that ""There is no place for the state in the bedrooms of the nation.""

    • December 22, 1969 Anglican Church of Canada ordains first woman deacon.

    • December 22, 1969 "John Lennon and Yoko Ono spend an hour with Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau and meet the Minister of Health, John Munro to discuss drug abuse."

    • December 22, 1969 Montreal Quebec FLQ terrorists explode bomb in a post office truck.

    • December 22, 1969 "Myriam Bédard biathlon athlete and Olympic medalist, was born at Loretteville, Quebec, she took up biathlon while an army cadet at age 15"

    • December 22, 1969 "Supreme Court rules 1968 Montreal lottery illegal; Quebec sets up provincial lottery corporation; first draw to take place March 14, 1970."

    • December 22, 1970 "SS Commander Franz Stangl of Treblinka, sentenced to life in prison"

    • December 22, 1971 UN General Assembly ratifies Kurt Waldheim as secretary-general

    • December 22, 1972 "Canadian folk singer Joni Mitchell receives a gold record for her album, For the Roses; includes the single, You Turn Me on, I'm a Radio."

    • December 22, 1973 "Pierre Berton quoted in Canadian Magazine as saying, ""A Canadian is somebody who knows how to make love in a canoe.""

    • December 22, 1974 "Grande Comore, Anjouan and Mohli vote to become the independent nation of Comoros. Mayotte remains under French administration."

    • December 22, 1974 "Referenda in Comoros-3 islands for independence, 1 stays French"

    • December 22, 1974 "Sault Ste Marie's Phil Esposito of the Boston Bruins becomes the 6th NHLer to score 500 goals, in a 5-4 win over the Detroit Red Wings."

    • December 22, 1974 Ted Heath's house is attacked by members of the Provisional IRA.

    • December 22, 1976 35 Unification church couples wed in NYC

    • December 22, 1976 Olive Diefenbaker dies; wife of former Prime Minister John Diefenbaker.

    • December 22, 1977 36 die as grain elevator at Continental Grain Company plant explodes

    • December 22, 1977 "After only ten months as a professional jockey, sixteen-year-old Steve Cauthen won his 355th race and set a new earnings record."

    • December 22, 1977 The Canadian government starts building first six new naval frigates; part of $1.5 billion naval program. (not nearly enough)

    • December 22, 1978 "The 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."

    • December 22, 1980 "Eisenhower returned to Norfolk, Virginia after a 251-day deployment, the longest underway deployment for a Navy ship since World War II. She had been underway for 152 continuous days"

    • December 22, 1980 Pres-elect Reagan appoints Jean Kirkpatrick (UN delegate) and James Watt (Interior)

    • December 22, 1984 Bernhard Goetz shoots 4 black youths on a NYC subway train

    • December 22, 1984 "Madonna's ""Like a Virgin,"" single goes #1 for 6 weeks"

    • December 22, 1984 Subway vigilante Bernhard Hugo Goetz shoots four African-American men on an express train in The Bronx borough of New York City.

    • December 22, 1985 STS 51-L vehicle moves to Launch Pad 39B

    • December 22, 1986 Quebec Court of Appeal declares that Article 58 or Bill 101 making French the sole languageauthorized on commercial signs is unconstitutional.

    • December 22, 1987 Canada beats Finland 4-1 to win first-ever gold medal at the annual Izvestia hockey tournament.

    • December 22, 1987 Motley Crue's Nikki Sixx overdoses from Heroin

    • December 22, 1988 2 robbers wearing police uniforms rob armored truck of $3 M in NJ

    • December 22, 1988 "Chico Mendes, a Brazilian rubber tapper, unionist and environmental activist, is assassinated."

    • December 22, 1988 South Africa signs accord granting independence to South-West Africa

    • December 22, 1988 "Tug hits oil barge, spreads 231,000 gal on 300 mi of WA and BC coast"

    • December 22, 1989 "After 23 years of dictatorial rule, Romania ousts Nicolea Ceausescu"

    • December 22, 1989 "After a week of bloody demonstrations, Ion Iliescu takes over as president of Romania, ending Nicolae Ceauescu's Communist dictatorship."

    • December 22, 1989 "Berlin's Brandenburg Gate re-opens after nearly 30 years, effectively ending the division of East and West Germany."

    • December 22, 1989 "Cold wave: -4?F in Oklahoma City, -6?F in Tulsa, -12?F in Pittsburgh PA, -18?F in Denver CO, -23?F in Kansas City MO, -42?F in Scottsbluff NB, -47?F in Hardin MT and -60?F in Black Hills SD"

    • December 22, 1989 "Kempsey bus crash: Two tourist coaches collide on the Pacific Highway north of Kempsey, New South Wales"

    • December 22, 1990 Final independence of Marshall Islands and Federated States of Micronesia after termination of trusteeship.

    • December 22, 1990 Israeli ferry capsizes killing 21 US servicemen

    • December 22, 1990 Lech Walesa sworn in as Poland's first popularly elected president

    • December 22, 1990 Number one hit on UK music charts - Cliff Richard - Saviour's Day

    • December 22, 1990 "Paul Coffey of the Pittsburgh Penguins becomes the National Hockey League's first defenseman to score 1,000 points. He would finish his career with 1,531 points."

    • December 22, 1994 Italian Prime Minister Berlusconi resigns dec23

    • December 22, 1995 Quebec Lucien Bouchard announces that he is a candidate for the leadership of the Parti Québécois.

    • December 22, 1996 Brett Hull becomes the 24th player in NHL history to score 500 goals when he notches a hat trick in the St. Louis Blues' 7-4 victory over the Los Angeles Kings

    • December 22, 1997 Acteal 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 22, 1997 "Coca-Cola went Christmas shopping on this day and came home with a rather hefty present: Orangina, the ""sparkling"" French beverage formerly owned by Pernod Richard"

    • December 22, 1998 "A particularly vicious virus invaded systems at MCI WorldCom. Unlike other viruses, the Remote Explorer bug was capable of damaging a system even if users did not download a file or open an e-mail attachment"

    • December 22, 1998 Microsoft was ordered to stop blocking holiday e-mail cards from Blue Mountain Arts

    • December 22, 2001 "Burhanuddin Rabbani, political leader of the Afghan Northern Alliance, hands over power in Afghanistan to the interim government headed by President Hamid Karzai."

    • December 22, 2001 Richard Reid attempts to destroy a passenger airliner by igniting explosives hidden in his shoes aboard American Airlines Flight 63.

    • December 22, 2003 "A magnitude 6.6 earthquake hits near San Simeon, California; see San Simeon earthquake"

    • December 22, 2009 A priest in York causes controversy when he says shoplifting from large national chain stores is acceptable in certain circumstances.

    • December 22, 2009 "A suicide bomb attack in Peshawar, north-western Pakistan, kills three and injures at least seventeen."

    • December 22, 2009 "An armed conflict in Dungu (Dongo), Equateur Province of Democratic Republic of the Congo has escalated. By 10 December the conflict has left 100 dead and forced 115 000 people to flee their homes."

    • December 22, 2009 Eight Russian circus tigers and a lioness are found dead in Yakutsk having succumbed to intense heat while embarking on a 20-hour drive across Siberia. One dog survives.

    • December 22, 2009 Eurostar finally resumes services after three days of continent-wide weather-related outages.

    • December 22, 2009 It is revealed that the fugitive brother of Gerry Adams has been located in County Sligo after the politician appeals for him to make his whereabouts known. (

    • December 22, 2009 "Maoist supporters in Nepal set a one month deadline for the formation of a unity government, vowing to launch an indefinite strike if the demand was not met."

    • December 22, 2009 Serbia formally submits its application to join the European Union.

    • December 22, 2009 Sudan's parliament approves a law on a possible referendum on Southern Sudan's independence.

    • December 22, 2009 The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation releases more than 300 pages of previously classified documents belonging to pop icon Michael Jackson who died earlier in the year.

    • December 22, 2009 "Two sheriff's deputies are injured and a suspect dies in a shooting in Pierce County, Washington, USA."







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