About December 22

December 22, 2022 is the 356th day of the year 2022 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 9 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Thursday.

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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 31 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.
  • 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.
  • 1885
    Ito Hirobumi, a samurai, became the first Prime Minister of Japan.
  • 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.
  • 1944
    World War II: The People’s Army of Vietnam is formed to resist Japanese occupation of Indo-China, now Vietnam.
  • 1951
    The Selangor Labour Party is founded in Selangor, Malaya.
  • 1956
    Colo, the first gorilla to be bred in captivity, is born at the Columbus Zoo in Ohio.
  • 1963
    The cruise ship Lakonia burns 180 mi north of Madeira with the loss of 128 lives.
  • 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.
  • 1988
    Chico Mendes, a Brazilian rubber tapper, unionist and environmental activist, is assassinated.
  • 1989
    Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate re-opens after nearly 30 years, effectively ending the division of East and West Germany.
  • 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.
  • 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
    Burhanuddin Rabbani, political leader of the Afghan Northern Alliance, hands over power in Afghanistan to the interim government headed by President Hamid Karzai.
  • 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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