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

  • 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.
  • 1885
    Ito Hirobumi, a samurai, became the first Prime Minister of Japan.
  • 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.
  • 1920
    The GOELRO economic development plan is adopted by the 8th Congress of Soviets of the Russian SFSR.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
    After a week of bloody demonstrations, Ion Iliescu takes over as president of Romania, ending Nicolae Ceauşescu’s Communist authoritarian regime.
  • 1991
    Armed opposition groups launch a military coup against President of Georgia Zviad Gamsakhurdia.
  • 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.
  • 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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