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.
  • 1864
    Savannah, Georgia falls to General William Tecumseh Sherman, concluding his “March to the Sea”.
  • 1885
    Ito Hirobumi, a samurai, became the first Prime Minister of Japan.
  • 1937
    The Lincoln Tunnel opens to traffic in New York City.
  • 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.
  • 1947
    The Constituent Assembly of Italy approves the Constitution of Italy.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1984
    Bernhard Hugo Goetz shoots four African-American would-be muggers on an express train in Manhattan, New York City.
  • 1990
    The Parliament of Croatia adopts the current Constitution of Croatia.
  • 1992
    The Archives of Terror are discovered.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1999
    Korean Air Cargo Flight 8509, a Boeing 747-200F crashes shortly after take-off from London Stansted Airport due to pilot error. All 4 crew members are killed.
  • 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.
  • 2010
    The repeal of the Don't Ask Don't Tell policy, the 17-year-old policy banning on homosexuals serving openly in the United States military, is signed into law by President Barack Obama.

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