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December 22 - Today in History
By Staff
Dec 22, 2014 - 12:00:00 AM

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0401 - St Innocent I begins his reign as Catholic Pope
0795 - Leo III succeeds pope Adrianus I
1135 - Norman nobles recognize Stefanus van Blois as English king
1216 - Pope Honorius III delegates degree "Religiosam vitam eligentibus"
1419 - John XXIII, [Baldassare Cossa], Italian Pope (1410-15), dies
1440 - Bluebeard, pirate, executed
1465 - Peace of St Truiden: Louis van Bourbon becomes bishop of Luik
1536 - English scholar Reginald Pole appointed cardinal
1596 - Ferryboat Meuniers crashes in Paris, 150 die
1642 - Pope Urbanus VIII publishes degree In eminente
1688 - Pro-James II, Earl of Danby occupies York
1689 - Heavy earthquake strikes Innsbruck
1715 - English pretender to the throne James III lands at Peterhead
1731 - Dutch people revolt against meat tax
1772 - Moravian missionary constructs 1st schoolhouse west of Allegheny
1775 - Continental navy organized with 7 ships
1783 - Washington resigns his military commission [or 1223?]
1790 - Russian troops occupy Ismail on Turks
1807 - Congress passes Embargo Act, to force peace between Britain & France
1810 - British frigate Minotaur sinks killing 480
1815 - Spaniards execute M�xican revolutionary priest Jos� Maria Morelos
1832 - HMS Beagle/Charles Darwin reaches Barnevelts Islands
1862 - -Jan 2nd) Raid on Morgan's: Bardstown to Elizabethtown, KY
1870 - Jules Janssen, flys in a balloon in order to study a solar eclipse
1877 - "American Bicycling Journal" begins publishing (Boston, Mass)
1882 - 1st string of Christmas tree lights created by Thomas Edison
1885 - Pope Leo XIII proclaims extraordinary jubilee
1886 - 1st national accountants' society in US formed (NYC)
1888 - Heavyweight boxing champ John L Sullivan challenges Jake Kilrain
1894 - United States Golf Association forms (NYC)
1894 - French officer Alfred Dreyfus court-martialed for treason, triggers worldwide charges of anti-Semitism (Dreyfus later vindicated)
1899 - Dwight L Moody, US evangelist (Student Volunteer Movement), dies
1910 - US postal savings stamps 1st issued
1915 - Federal Baseball League disolved
1915 - Organized baseball & Federal League sign a peace treaty at Cincinnati
1917 - Flanders declares it's independence, under Pieter Tack
1919 - Government of Ireland Act of Power (Home Rule for Ireland)
1919 - US deports 250 alien radicals, including anarchist Emma Goldman
1922 - Belgian parliament rejects Dutch university in Ghent
1924 - Babe Dye of NHL's Toronto St Patricks scores 5 goals beat Bruins 10-2
1930 - 6 West europe lands signs Convention of Oslo
1934 - 1st flight from Netherland to Cura�ao (Christmas flight 1934)
1934 - Miss Theo Trowbridge sets female bowling record 702 pins in games
1935 - Yaeko Iwasaki, student of D S Harada Roshi, 1st awakening in Kamakura
1936 - 1st common carrier license issued by ICC, Scranton, Pennsylvania
1937 - Lincoln Tunnel (NYC) opens to traffic
1939 - 125 die in train wreck at Magdeburg Germany
1939 - Bradman scores 138 in South Australia's 7-821 v Queensland
1939 - Finnish counter offensive at Petsamo
1939 - 99 die in 2nd wreck at Friedrichshafen Germany
1941 - Japans invasion leader lands on Luzon, Philippines
1941 - Tito establishes 1st Proletarian Brigade in Yugoslavia
1941 - Winston Churchill arrives in Washington for a wartime conference
1943 - Manufacturers get permission to use synthetic rubber for baseball core
1943 - WEB Du Bois elected 1st black member, Natl Inst of Arts & Letters
1944 - Germans demand surrender of American troops at Bastogne, Belgium
1944 - Sub Swordfish departs Pearl Harbor for Japan
1945 - Utrecht: Catholic People's party (KVP) established
1946 - Cleve Browns beat NY Yankees 14-9 in AAFC championship game
1947 - Italian constituent assembly adopts new constitution
1950 - 2 self-propelled trains of Long Island RR collide, killing 77
1951 - Australia cricket all out 82 v West Indies at Adelaide
1952 - French government of Pinay, resigns
1953 - Jack Dunn III, owner of Balt Orioles in Intl League, turns name over to newly relocated St Louis Browns
1956 - Last British/French troops leave Egypt
1958 - "Chipmunk Song" reaches #1
1958 - 2nd Dutch Beel government forms
1959 - Continental League awards its last franchise to Dallas-Ft Worth
1959 - NY Ranger goalie Marcel Paille wears a customized mask
1961 - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test site
1962 - 1,000,000th NBA point scored
1962 - Harris County voters approve all-weather stadium for Houston Colt .45s
1962 - Kinderman Place in the Bronx named
1962 - USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
1963 - Oakland Raider Tom Flores passes for 6 touchdowns vs Houston (52-49)
1963 - Official 30-day mourning period for Pres John F Kennedy ends
1964 - Lockheed SR-71 spy aircraft reaches 3,530 kph (record for a jet)
1965 - Belgian government shuts 6 coal mine
1965 - Great-Britain sets maximum speed at 70 mph
1968 - Julie Nixon weds Dwight David Eisenhower
1969 - Pete Marovich sets NCAA record of hitting 30 of 31 foul shots
1970 - Treblinka SS commander Franz Stangl sentenced to life imprisonment
1971 - UN General Assembly ratifies Kurt Waldheim as secretary-General
1971 - USSR performs underground nuclear test
1972 - 6.25 earthquake strikes Managua Nicaragua, 12,000+ killed
1974 - 2nd cease-fire between IRA & British; lasts until approx April 1975
1974 - Phil Esposito, Boston, became 6th NHLer to score 500 goals
1974 - Referenda in Comoros-3 islands for independence, 1 stays French
1976 - 35 Unification church couples wed in NYC
1976 - German DR banishes singer Nina Hagen
1977 - 36 die as grain elevator at Continental Grain Company plant explodes
1978 - Kenny Jones becomes The Who's new drummer
1978 - Thailand adopts constitution
1980 - Cardinals release outfielder Bobby Bonds
1980 - President-elect Reagan appoints J Kirkpatrick (UN) & James Watt (Interior)
1981 - Argentine general Leopoldo Galtieri sworn in as president
1981 - Belgium's 5th government of Martens forms
1983 - Egyptian president Mubarak meets with PLO leader Yasser Arafat
1983 - Islanders score 3 shorthanded goals against Caps
1984 - Bernhard Goetz shoots 4 black muggers on NYC subway train
1984 - Madonna's "Like a Virgin," single goes #1 for 6 weeks
1985 - 74th Davis Cup: Sweden beats Germany in Munich (3-2)
1985 - STS 51-L vehicle moves to Launch Pad 39B
1986 - India score 7-676 v Sri Lanka at Kanpur in Cricket
1987 - Motley Crue's Nikki Sixx overdoses from Heroin
1988 - 2 robbers wearing police uniforms rob armored truck of $3 M in New Jersey
1988 - South Africa signs accord granting independence to South West Africa
1988 - Tug hits oil barge, spreads 231,000 gal on 300 mi of WA & BC coast
1989 - After 23 years of dictatorial rule, Romania ousts Nicolea Ceausescu
1989 - Chad adopts its Constitution
1989 - Cold wave: -4�F in Oklahoma City, -6�F in Tulsa, -12�F in Pittsburgh
1989 - -18�F in Denver, -23�F in KC Mo, -42�F in Scottsbluff Nebraska -47�F in Hardin Montana & -60�F in Black Hills, South Dakota
1990 - Iraq announces it will never give up Kuwait
1990 - Israeli ferry capsizes killing 21 US servicemen
1990 - Lech Walesa sworn in as Poland's 1st popularly elected president
1992 - Libyan MIG-23UB attacks Boeing 727 at Souk al-Sabt, 158 die
1994 - Italian government of Berlusconi resigns
1995 - David Cone signs $19.5 million 3 year contract with NY Yankees
1996 - Steelers' Kordell Stewart runs quarterback record 80 yds for TD
1996 - Wendy's Three Tour Golf Challenge
1996 - Zimbabwe & England draw Bulawayo Test Cricket with Eng need 1 to win
1997 - Hunter Tylo awarded $4 million in Melrose Place breach of contract
1997 - Merck baldness pill for men approved by FDA

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