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Notable Historical Events for December 22nd

1894Claude Debussy's "Prélude à l'apres-midi d'un faune" premieres

2010The 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, was signed into law by President Barack Obama.

1975US President Gerald Ford signs the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA)

18821st string of Christmas tree lights created by Thomas Edison

1990Paul Coffey becomes the second NHL defenceman to record 1000 points, doing so in a record-breaking 770 games

1939Bradman scores 138 in South Australia's 7-821 v Queensland

1984Madonna's "Like a Virgin" single goes #1 for 6 weeks

1832HMS Beagle/Charles Darwin reaches Barnevelts Islands

1983Egyptian president Mubarak meets with PLO leader Yasser Arafat

1942World War II: Adolf Hitler signs the order to develop the V-2 rocket as a weapon.

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Notable Birthdays on December 22nd

1856Frank Kellogg, Potsdam, New York, Sec of State (1925-29), try to outlaw war (Nobel 1929), (d. 1937)

1949Robin Gibb, Douglas Isle of Man, rocker (Bee Gees-Saturday Night Fever), (d. 2012)

1862Connie Mack, East Brookfield, Massachusetts, HOF baseball executive/manager (Phila A's 1900-1950), (d. 1956)

1949Maurice Gibb, Douglas Isle of Man, rocker (Bee Gees-Saturday Night Fever)

1744Abigail Adams, Weymouth Massachusetts, 2nd first lady (1797-1801)

1858Giacomo Puccini, Lucca Italy opera composer (La bohème, Tosca, Madame Butterfly), (d. 1924)

December 22nd Birthdays
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Notable Weddings on December 22nd

1915Biologist Alexander Fleming (34) weds Sara McElroy

2000Pop singer Madonna (42) weds film director Guy Ritchie (32) at Skibo Castle in Scotland

December 22nd Weddings
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Notable Deaths on December 22nd

1989Samuel Beckett, Irish/French writer (Molloy, Nobel 1969), dies at 83

1988Chico Mendes, Brazilian environmental activist and rubber tapper, assassinated at 44 by rancher Darcy Alves

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