Today in History, English
Today in History, English

143761December 22Event1769 – Sino-Burmese War: The war ends with an uneasy truce.
143762December 22Event1788 – Nguyễn Huệ proclaims himself Emperor Quang Trung, in effect abolishing on his own the Lê dynasty.
143763December 22Event1790 – The Turkish fortress of Izmail is stormed and captured by Alexander Suvorov and his Russian armies.
143764December 22Event1807 – The Embargo Act, forbidding trade with all foreign countries, is passed by the U.S. Congress, at the urging of President Thomas Jefferson.
143765December 22Event1808 – 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 pian
143766December 22Event1851 – India's first freight train is operated in Roorkee, India.
143767December 22Event1864 – Savannah, Georgia falls to General William Tecumseh Sherman, concluding his "March to the Sea".
143768December 22Event1885 – Itō Hirobumi, a samurai, became the first Prime Minister of Japan.
143769December 22Event1890 – Cornwallis Valley Railway begins operation between Kentville and Kingsport, Nova Scotia.
143770December 22Event1891 – Asteroid 323 Brucia becomes the first asteroid discovered using photography.
143771December 22Event1894 – The Dreyfus affair begins in France, when Alfred Dreyfus is wrongly convicted of treason.
143772December 22Event1920 – The GOELRO economic development plan is adopted by the 8th Congress of Soviets of the Russian SFSR.
143773December 22Event1937 – The Lincoln Tunnel opens to traffic in New York City.
143774December 22Event1939 – 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 the United Kingdom.
143775December 22Event1940 – World War II: Himarë is captured by the Greek army.
143776December 22Event1942 – World War II: Adolf Hitler signs the order to develop the V-2 rocket as a weapon.
143777December 22Event1944 – 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!"
143778December 22Event1944 – World War II: The Vietnam People's Army is formed to resist Japanese occupation of Indochina, now Vietnam.
143779December 22Event1947 – The Constituent Assembly of Italy approves the Constitution of Italy.
143780December 22Event1951 – The Selangor Labour Party is founded in Selangor, Malaya.
143781December 22Event1956 – Colo, the first gorilla to be bred in captivity, is born at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium in Ohio.
143782December 22Event1963 – The cruise ship Lakonia burns 180 miles (290 km) north of Madeira, Portugal with the loss of 128 lives.
143783December 22Event1964 – The first test flight of the SR-71 (Blackbird) took place at Air Force Plant 42 in Palmdale, California.
143784December 22Event1965 – 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.
143785December 22Event1968 – Cultural Revolution: People's Daily posted the instructions of Mao Zedong that it is "The intellectual youth must go to the country, and will be educated from living in rural poverty."(Down to the Countryside Movement)
143786December 22Event1974 – Grande Comore, Anjouan and Mohéli vote to become the independent nation of Comoros. Mayotte remains under French administration.
143787December 22Event1974 – The house of former British Prime Minister Edward Heath is attacked by members of the Provisional IRA.
143788December 22Event1978 – 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.
143789December 22Event1984 – Bernhard Goetz shoots four would-be muggers on an express train in Manhattan section of New York, New York.
143790December 22Event1987 – In Zimbabwe, the political parties ZANU and ZAPU reach an agreement that ends the violence in the Matabeleland region known as the Gukurahundi.

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