About December 22

December 22, 2021 is the 356th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 9 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Wednesday.

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Capricorn is the sun sign of a person born on this day. Turquoise is the modern birthstone for this month. Onyx is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 41 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On December 22

  • 69
    Emperor Vitellius is captured and murdered at the Gemonian stairs in Rome.
  • 1790
    The Turkish fortress of Izmail is stormed and captured by Suvorov and his Russian armies.
  • 1807
    The Embargo Act, forbidding trade with all foreign countries, is passed by the U.S. Congress, at the urging of President Thomas Jefferson.
  • 1808
    Ludwig van Beethoven conducts and performs in concert at the Theater an der Wien, Vienna, with the premiere of his Fifth Symphony, Sixth Symphony, Fourth Piano Concerto (performed by Beethoven himself) and Choral Fantasy (with Beethoven at the piano).
  • 1851
    The first freight train is operated in Roorkee, India.
  • 1894
    The Dreyfus affair begins in France, when Alfred Dreyfus is wrongly convicted of treason.
  • 1937
    The Lincoln Tunnel opens to traffic in New York City.
  • 1939
    Indian Muslims observe a “Day of Deliverance” to celebrate the resignations of members of the Indian National Congress over their not having been consulted over the decision to enter World War II with Britain.
  • 1940
    World War II: Himarë is captured by the Greek army.
  • 1942
    World War II: Adolf Hitler signs the order to develop the V-2 rocket as a weapon.
  • 1944
    World 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!”
  • 1947
    The Constituent Assembly of Italy approves the Constitution of Italy.
  • 1956
    Colo, the first gorilla to be bred in captivity, is born at the Columbus Zoo in Ohio.
  • 1965
    In the United Kingdom, a 70 mph speed limit is applied to all rural roads including motorways for the first time. Previously, there had been no speed limit.
  • 1988
    Chico Mendes, a Brazilian rubber tapper, unionist and environmental activist, is assassinated.
  • 1989
    After a week of bloody demonstrations, Ion Iliescu takes over as president of Romania, ending Nicolae Ceauşescu’s Communist authoritarian regime.
  • 1990
    The Parliament of Croatia adopts the current Constitution of Croatia.
  • 1998
    Hurricane Quinto strikes the Cayman Islands, knocking out power to the entire island for 2 days. Looting is rampant, but contained after 12 hours.
  • 2001
    Richard Reid attempts to destroy a passenger airliner by igniting explosives hidden in his shoes aboard American Airlines Flight 63.
  • 2008
    An ash dike ruptured at a solid waste containment area in Roane County, Tennessee, releasing 1.1 e9USgal of coal fly ash slurry.

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