About December 22

December 22, 2024 is the 357th day of the year 2024 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 9 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Sunday.

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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 38 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.
  • 1769
    Sino-Burmese War (1765–1769) ends with an uneasy truce.
  • 1851
    The first freight train is operated in Roorkee, India.
  • 1890
    Cornwallis Valley Railway begins operation between Kingsport and Kentville, Nova Scotia.
  • 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.
  • 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!”
  • 1944
    World War II: The People’s Army of Vietnam is formed to resist Japanese occupation of Indo-China, now Vietnam.
  • 1956
    Colo, the first gorilla to be bred in captivity, is born at the Columbus Zoo in Ohio.
  • 1964
    The first test flight of the SR-71 (Blackbird) took place at Air Force Plant 42 in Palmdale, Calif.
  • 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.
  • 1974
    Grande Comore, Anjouan and Mohéli vote to become the independent nation of Comoros. Mayotte remains under French administration.
  • 1974
    The house of former British Prime Minister Ted Heath is attacked by members of the Provisional IRA.
  • 1984
    Bernhard Hugo Goetz shoots four African-American would-be muggers on an express train in Manhattan, New York City.
  • 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
    Final independence of Marshall Islands and Federated States of Micronesia after termination of trusteeship.
  • 1990
    The Parliament of Croatia adopts the current Constitution of Croatia.
  • 1997
    Hussein Aidid relinquishes the disputed title of President of Somalia by signing the Cairo Declaration, in Cairo, Egypt. It is the first major step towards reconciliation in Somalia since 1991.
  • 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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