What Happened on December 22

Historical Events

  • 1790 The supposedly impenetrable Turkish fortress of Izmail is stormed and captured by Suvorov and his Russian armies during the Russo-Turkish War (1787–1792)
  • 1849 The execution of Fyodor Dostoevsky is called off at the last second.
  • 1885 Itō Hirobumi, a samurai, becomes the first Prime Minister of Japan.
  • 1989 After 23 years of dictatorial rule, Romania ousts Nicolae Ceausescu
  • 1990 Lech Walesa sworn in as Poland's 1st popularly elected president
  • 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, was signed into law by President Barack Obama.
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Did You Know?

Colo is born, the first gorilla to be bred in captivity at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Columbus Ohio

On December 22, 1956

Famous Weddings

Famous Divorces

  • 2006 "Grey's Anatomy" actress Sandra Oh (35) divorces Oscar-winning Sideways director Alexander Payne (45) due to irreconcilable differences after 5 years of marriage
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