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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1890
    Cornwallis Valley Railway begins operation between Kingsport and Kentville, Nova Scotia.
  • 1947
    The Constituent Assembly of Italy approves the Constitution of Italy.
  • 1951
    The Selangor Labour Party is founded in Selangor, Malaya.
  • 1963
    The cruise ship Lakonia burns 180 mi north of Madeira with the loss of 128 lives.
  • 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
    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.
  • 1991
    Armed opposition groups launch a military coup against President of Georgia Zviad Gamsakhurdia.
  • 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.
  • 2001
    Burhanuddin Rabbani, political leader of the Afghan Northern Alliance, hands over power in Afghanistan to the interim government headed by President Hamid Karzai.
  • 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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