December 22

1772

Construction of the first schoolhouse west of the Allegheny Mountains was started in Schoenbrunn, Ohio, by Moravian missionaries.

1807

The U.S. Congress passed the Embargo Act.

1864

During the Civil War, Union general William T. Sherman sent a message to President Lincoln saying, "I beg to present you as a Christmas gift the city of Savannah."

1894

French army officer Capt. Alfred Dreyfus was convicted of treason in a court-martial.

1989

Playwright Samuel Beckett died at age 83.

1989

Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu was overthrown.

2001

Hamid Karzai sworn in as president of Afghanistan.

2010

President Obama officially repealed the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" military policy.

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