What happened on December 22? There are more than 237 events that were made this day in history. Here are the important historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

Interesting Facts & Myths About December 22

December 22 In HistoryDecember 22 is the 356th day of the year 2022. There are 9 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Thursday. This day falls under the 51st week of the year 2022.

On this day in Chester, Texas 75936 sunrise will occur at 07:13 AM and sunset will occur at 05:21 PM (local time).

The zodiac sign of a person born on this day is Capricorn. The modern birthstone for this month is Turquoise while the mystical birthstone is Onyx.

According to the Chinese calendar, there are 31 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year (January 22, 2023).

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Historical Events For 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1947
    The Constituent Assembly of Italy approves the Constitution of Italy.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1989
    Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate re-opens after nearly 30 years, effectively ending the division of East and West Germany.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
    Burhanuddin Rabbani, political leader of the Afghan Northern Alliance, hands over power in Afghanistan to the interim government headed by President Hamid Karzai.
  • 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.

Who Were Born On December 22?

  • 244
    Diocletian, Roman Emperor (d. 311)
  • 1095
    Roger II of Sicily, King of Sicily (d. 1154)
  • 1178
    Emperor Antoku of Japan (d. 1185)
  • 1546
    Kuroda Yoshitaka, Japanese Daimyo (d. 1604)
  • 1550
    Cesare Cremonini, Italian philosopher (d. 1631)
  • 1639
    Jean Racine, French dramatist (d. 1699)
  • 1666
    Guru Gobind Singh, Sikh guru (d. 1708)
  • 1690
    Meidingnu Pamheiba, King of Manipur (d. 1751)
  • 1694
    Hermann Samuel Reimarus, German philosopher and writer (d. 1768)
  • 1696
    James Oglethorpe, English general and founder of the state of Georgia (d. 1785)
  • 1723
    Carl Friedrich Abel, German composer (d. 1787)
  • 1765
    Johann Friedrich Pfaff, German mathematician (d. 1825)
  • 1805
    John Obadiah Westwood, British entomologist (d. 1893)
  • 1807
    Johann Sebastian Welhaven, Norwegian poet (d. 1873)
  • 1819
    Franz Wilhelm Abt, German composer (d. 1870)
  • 1819
    Pierre Ossian Bonnet, French mathematician (d. 1892)
  • 1853
    Teresa Carreño, Venezuelan pianist (d. 1917)
  • 1853
    Yevgraf Fyodorov, Russian mathematician (d. 1919)
  • 1856
    Frank B. Kellogg, 45th U.S. Secretary of State, Nobel laureate (d. 1937)
  • 1858
    Giacomo Puccini, Italian composer (d. 1924)
  • 1860
    Austin Norman Palmer, American penmanship innovator (d. 1927)
  • 1862
    Connie Mack, American baseball executive (d. 1956)
  • 1869
    Dmitri Egorov, Russian mathematician (d. 1931)
  • 1869
    Edwin Arlington Robinson, American poet (d. 1935)
  • 1872
    Camille Guérin, French veterinarian and bacteriologist (d. 1961)
  • 1874
    Franz Schmidt, Austrian composer (d. 1939)
  • 1876
    Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, Italian poet and editor (d. 1944)
  • 1883
    Edgard Varèse French-born composer (d. 1965)
  • 1885
    Abe Manley, Negro League Baseball owner (d. 1952)
  • 1885
    Deems Taylor American conductor and music critic (d. 1966)
  • 1887
    Srinivasa Ramanujan, Indian mathematician (d. 1920)
  • 1888
    J. Arthur Rank, British film producer (d. 1972)
  • 1889
    Minor Watson, American actor d.1965
  • 1892
    Herman Potočnik Noordung, Slovenian rocket engineer (d. 1929)
  • 1898
    Vladimir Aleksandrovich Fock, Russian physicist (d. 1974)
  • 1899
    Gustav Gründgens, German actor (d. 1963)
  • 1900
    Marc Allégret, French film director and screenwriter (d. 1973)
  • 1901
    André Kostelanetz, American popular music orchestra leader and arranger (d. 1980)
  • 1903
    Haldan Keffer Hartline, American physiologist, Nobel laureate (d. 1983)
  • 1905
    Kenneth Rexroth, American poet (d. 1982)
  • 1905
    Pierre Brasseur, French actor (d. 1972)
  • 1907
    Dame Peggy Ashcroft, English actress (d. 1991)
  • 1909
    Patricia Hayes, English actress (d. 1998)
  • 1912
    Elias Degiannis, Greek navy officer and Resistance fighter (d. 1943)
  • 1912
    Lady Bird Johnson, First Lady of the United States (d. 2007)
  • 1914
    Swami Satchidananda, Yogi and Spiritual teacher (d. 2002)
  • 1915
    Barbara Billingsley, American actress (d. 2010)
  • 1917
    Gene Rayburn, American game show host (d. 1999)
  • 1919
    Lil Green, American Blues Singer (d. 1954)
  • 1921
    Dimitri Fampas, Greek classical guitarist (d. 1996)
  • 1921
    Hawkshaw Hawkins, American country singer (d. 1963)
  • 1922
    Jack Brooks, American politician
  • 1922
    Ruth Roman, American actress (d. 1999)
  • 1924
    Frank Corsaro, American stage director
  • 1925
    Lewis Glucksman, American financier (d. 2006)
  • 1934
    David Pearson, American racecar driver
  • 1936
    Hector Elizondo, American actor
  • 1936
    James Burke, British writer
  • 1936
    Wojciech Frykowski, Polish actor (d. 1969)
  • 1937
    Eduard Uspensky, Russian writer
  • 1938
    Lucien Bouchard, Canadian politician
  • 1938
    Matty Alou, Dominican baseball player
  • 1939
    James Gurley, American musician (d. 2009)
  • 1940
    Luis Francisco Cuéllar, Colombian politician (d. 2009)
  • 1942
    Dick Parry, English saxophonist
  • 1943
    Paul Wolfowitz, American politician
  • 1943
    Stefan Janos, Slovak-Swiss physicist
  • 1944
    Guido De Angelis, Italian musician
  • 1944
    Steve Carlton, American baseball player
  • 1945
    Diane Sawyer, American journalist
  • 1946
    Rick Nielsen, American musician (Cheap Trick)
  • 1947
    Brian Daley, American science-fiction writer (d. 1996)
  • 1948
    Chris Old, English cricketer
  • 1948
    Flip Mark, American actor
  • 1948
    Lynne Thigpen, American actress (d. 2003)
  • 1948
    Noel Edmonds, English game show host
  • 1948
    Steve Garvey, American baseball player
  • 1949
    Maurice Gibb, English musician (The Bee Gees) (d. 2003)
  • 1949
    Robin Gibb, English musician (The Bee Gees)
  • 1951
    Dan Martin, American voice actor
  • 1951
    Gerald Cavendish Grosvenor, Duke of Westminster
  • 1953
    Bern Nadette Stanis, actress
  • 1953
    Ian Turnbull, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1954
    Hideshi Matsuda, Japanese racing driver
  • 1955
    Lonnie Smith, American baseball player
  • 1957
    Carole James, Canadian politician
  • 1958
    David Heavener, American actor and musician
  • 1958
    Frank Gambale, Australian musician
  • 1959
    Bernd Schuster, German footballer
  • 1960
    Jean-Michel Basquiat, American artist (d. 1988)
  • 1960
    Luther Campbell (Luke), American rap artist (2 Live Crew)
  • 1960
    Mark Brydon, British musician (Moloko)
  • 1960
    Patrick Fitzgerald, American attorney
  • 1960
    Wakin Chau, Chinese singer
  • 1961
    Andrew Fastow, American businessman
  • 1962
    Ralph Fiennes, English actor
  • 1963
    Brian McMillan, South African cricketer
  • 1963
    Giuseppe Bergomi, Italian footballer
  • 1963
    Luna H. Mitani, Japanese American surrealism painter
  • 1966
    Dmitry Bilozerchev, Soviet gymnast
  • 1966
    Marcel “Schmier” Schirmer, German singer and bassplayer (Destruction)
  • 1967
    Dan Petrescu, Romanian footballer
  • 1967
    Paul Morris, Australian racing driver
  • 1967
    Richey James Edwards, Welsh musician (Manic Street Preachers) (disappeared in 1995)
  • 1967
    Stéphane Gendron, Quebec politician
  • 1968
    Dina Meyer, American actress
  • 1968
    Lauralee Bell, American actress
  • 1969
    Greg Biffle, American racecar driver
  • 1969
    Myriam Bédard, Canadian athlete
  • 1970
    Gary Anderson, Scottish darts player
  • 1971
    Pat Mastroianni, Canadian actor
  • 1972
    Big Tigger, television host
  • 1972
    Vanessa Paradis, French singer
  • 1974
    Heather Donahue, American actress
  • 1975
    Chris Adler, American actor
  • 1975
    Dmitri Khokhlov, Russian footballer
  • 1975
    Sergei Aschwanden, Swiss judoka
  • 1975
    Stanislav Neckář, Czech ice hockey player
  • 1976
    Jason Lane, American baseball player
  • 1976
    Katleen De Caluwé, Belgian athlete
  • 1977
    Steve Kariya, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1978
    Emmanuel Olisadebe, Nigerian/Polish footballer
  • 1979
    Jamie Langfield, Scottish football player
  • 1980
    Chris Carmack, American actor
  • 1982
    Brooke Nevin, Canadian actress
  • 1983
    Drew Hankinson, American professional wrestler
  • 1983
    Jennifer Hawkins, Australian beauty pageant contestant
  • 1984
    Basshunter, Swedish singer
  • 1986
    Dennis Armfield, Australian footballer
  • 1986
    Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, Nigerian terrorist suspect
  • 1987
    Éderzito António Macedo Lopes, Guinea-Bissaun footballer
  • 1988
    Leigh Halfpenny, Welsh rugby player
  • 1989
    Jharal Yow Yeh, professional rugby league player
  • 1989
    Jordin Sparks, American singer
  • 1989
    Logan Huffman, American actor
  • 1990
    Jean-Baptiste Maunier, French actor and singer
  • 1993
    Ali Lohan, American singer
  • 1995
    Remy Thorne, American actor and writer
  • 1996
    Makisig Morales, Filipino child actor
  • 1998
    G. Hannelius, American child actress

Who Died On December 22?

  • 69
    Vitellius (b. 15)
  • 1100
    Duke Bretislaus II of Bohemia
  • 1550
    Richard Plantagenet, British bricklayer and claimant to the House of Plantagenet
  • 1603
    Mehmed III of the Ottoman Empire (b. 1566)
  • 1646
    Petru Movilă, Moldavian religious figure (b. 1596)
  • 1660
    André Tacquet, Flemish mathematician (b. 1612)
  • 1681
    Richard Alleine, English Puritan clergyman (b. 1611)
  • 1708
    Hedwig Sophia, duchess of Holstein-Gottorp, Swedish writer (b. 1681)
  • 1738
    Constantia Jones, British prostitute (b. c. 1708)
  • 1767
    John Newbery, English publisher (b. 1713)
  • 1788
    Percivall Pott, English physician and surgeon (b. 1714)
  • 1806
    William Vernon, American merchant (b. 1719)
  • 1828
    William Hyde Wollaston, English chemist (b. 1766)
  • 1867
    Jean-Victor Poncelet, French mathematician (b. 1788)
  • 1870
    Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer, Spanish poet and writer (b. 1836)
  • 1880
    George Eliot, English writer (b. 1819)
  • 1899
    Dwight L. Moody, American evangelist (b. 1837)
  • 1902
    Richard von Krafft-Ebing, German psychiatrist (b. 1840)
  • 1917
    Saint Francesca Xavier Cabrini, American Catholic saint (b. 1850)
  • 1918
    Aristeidis Moraitinis, pioneer Greek military aviator (b. 1891)
  • 1939
    Ma Rainey, American singer (b. 1886)
  • 1940
    Nathanael West, American writer (b. 1903)
  • 1942
    Franz Boas, German anthropologist (b. 1858)
  • 1943
    Beatrix Potter, English writer (b. 1866)
  • 1944
    Eleni Papadaki, Greek actress (b. 1903)
  • 1944
    Harry Langdon, American film actor (b. 1884)
  • 1959
    Gilda Gray, Polish-born American dancer and actress (b. 1901)
  • 1960
    Ninian Comper, Scottish architect (b. 1864)
  • 1965
    Richard Dimbleby, English journalist and broadcaster (b. 1913)
  • 1968
    Raymond Gram Swing, American journalist and broadcaster (b. 1887)
  • 1971
    Godfried Bomans, Dutch author and television personality (b. 1913)
  • 1974
    Sterling North, American author (b. 1906)
  • 1979
    Darryl F. Zanuck, American producer (b. 1902)
  • 1985
    D. Boon, American singer and guitarist (The Minutemen) (b. 1958)
  • 1986
    Ida Cook (aka Mary Burchell), British heroine and novelist (b. 1904)
  • 1987
    Luca Prodan, Italian-Scottish singer (Sumo) (b. 1953)
  • 1988
    Chico Mendes, Brazilian rubber tapper and environmental activist (b. 1944)
  • 1989
    Samuel Beckett, Irish writer, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1906)
  • 1992
    Frederick Franz, Watchtower president (b. 1893)
  • 1992
    Harry Bluestone, Film music Composer (b. 1907)
  • 1995
    Butterfly McQueen, American actress (b. 1911)
  • 1995
    James Meade, English economist, Bank of Sweden Prize winner (b. 1907)
  • 2001
    Ovidiu Iacov, Romanian footballer (b. 1981)
  • 2002
    Desmond Hoyte, Guyanan politician (b. 1929)
  • 2002
    Joe Strummer, English musician (The Clash) (b. 1952)
  • 2003
    Dave Dudley, American singer (b. 1928)
  • 2004
    Doug Ault, American baseball player (b. 1950)
  • 2006
    Dennis Linde, American songwriter (b. 1943)
  • 2006
    Elena Mukhina, Russian gymnast (b. 1960)
  • 2006
    Galina Ustvolskaya, Russian composer (b. 1919)
  • 2007
    Adrian Cristobal, Filipino writer (b. 1932)
  • 2009
    Albert Scanlon, English footballer (b. 1935)
  • 2009
    Christos Lambrakis, Greek businessman, owner of the Lambrakis Press Group (b. 1934)
  • 2009
    Luis Francisco Cuéllar, Colombian politician (b. 1940)
  • 2010
    Fred Foy, American radio and television announcer (b. 1921)

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