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Notable Historical Events for December 22nd

18821st string of Christmas tree lights created by Thomas Edison

2003The New York Knicks hire Isiah Thomas as President of Basketball Operations

1832HMS Beagle/Charles Darwin reaches Barnevelts Islands

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

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

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

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.

1941Winston Churchill arrives in Washington, DC for a wartime conference

1980US President-elect Ronald Reagan appoints J Kirkpatrick (UN) & James Watt (Interior)

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

December 22nd Historical Events
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Notable Birthdays on December 22nd

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

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)

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

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

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

December 22nd Birthdays
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Notable Weddings on December 22nd

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

1960NFL quarterback Fran Tarkenton (20) weds Anna Elaine Merrell at First Baptist Church in Decatur, Georgia

December 22nd Weddings
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Notable Deaths on December 22nd

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

1943Beatrix Potter, English children's writer and illustrator ("The Tale of Peter Rabbit") dies aged 77

December 22nd Deaths
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