On This Day: December 22nd

This is 356th day of the year and 9 days remain in the year.

in history
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
Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu was overthrown.
1989
Playwright Samuel Beckett died at age 83.
2001
Hamid Karzai sworn in as president of Afghanistan.
2010
President Obama officially repealed the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" military policy.
2010
President Obama officially repeals the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" military policy.
December 22 Birthdays
Lady Bird Johnson1912–2007, Businessperson, Wife of Lyndon Johnson.
Edwin Arlington Robinsonpoet
Ralph Fiennesactor
Jordin Sparkssinger
James Oglethorpefounder of the American colony of Georgia
Diane Sawyertelevision journalist
Giacomo Puccinicomposer of operas
Dame Peggy Ashcroftactress
Thomas Wentworth Higginsonabolitionist
Connie Mackbaseball player and manager



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