On This Day in History for December 22 (Part 2)

Events in History

Events 101 - 117 of 117

  • 1990 Iraq announces it will never give up Kuwait
  • 1990 Israeli ferry capsizes killing 21 US servicemen

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

1990 Lech Wałęsa sworn in as Poland's 1st popularly elected president

Polish Politician and Labor Activist Lech Wałęsa
Polish Politician and Labor Activist
Lech Wałęsa
  • 1992 Libyan MIG-23UB attacks Boeing 727 at Souk al-Sabt, 158 die
  • 1994 Italian government of Silvio Berlusconi resigns
  • 1997 Merck baldness pill for men approved by FDA
  • 1997 Nancy Kerrigan & Tonya Harding pre-record a show to air on FOX on Feb 5
  • 1997 Acteal massacre: Attendees at a prayer meeting of Roman Catholic activists for indigenous causes in the small village of Acteal in the Mexican state of Chiapas are massacred by paramilitary forces.
  • 1999 The Spanish Civil Guard finds near Calatayud (Zaragoza) another van loaded by ETA with 750 kg of explosives (see related event on December 21, 1999).
  • 2001 Burhanuddin Rabbani, political leader of the Afghan Northern Alliance, hands over power in Afghanistan to the interim government headed by President Hamid Karzai.
  • 2001 Richard Reid attempts to destroy a passenger airliner by igniting explosives hidden in his shoes aboard American Airlines Flight 63.
  • 2003 A magnitude 6.6 earthquake hits near San Simeon, California.
  • 2006 Australian archaeologist Sue O'Connor finds first evidence of modern humans in Jerimalai cave, near Lene Hara cave in East Timor

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2010 Repeal of the "Don't Ask Don't Tell policy", a 17-year-old policy banning homosexuals serving openly in the US military, signed into law by President Barack Obama

44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama
  • 2012 6 people are killed by a car bomb in Damascus
  • 2012 8 people are killed by a suicide bomber in Peshawar, Pakistan
  • 2016 Ebola vaccine VSV-EBOV is found to be 70-100% effective in a study published in The Lancet, becoming the world's first proven vaccine against Ebola

Birthdays in History

Birthdays 101 - 113 of 113

  • 1951 Charles de Lint, Canadian sci-fi author (Moonhear, Mulengro, Yarrow), born in Bussum, Netherlands
  • 1951 Gerald Grosvenor, English 6th Duke of Westminster and wealthy landowner, born in Omagh, Northern Ireland (d. 2016)
  • 1954 Jayaseelan Naidoo, South African worker's union leader
  • 1957 Susan Powter, diet guru/author/talk show host (Susan Powter Show)
  • 1957 Carole James, Canadian politician
  • 1960 Jean-Michel Basquiat, Haiti/US graffiti artist/painter (Gray, SAMO)
  • 1960 Patrick Fitzgerald, American attorney
  • 1961 Yuri Ivanovich Malinchenko, Russian lt-col/cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-19)
  • 1961 Andrew Fastow, American businessman
  • 1963 Luna H. Mitani, Japanese American surrealism painter
  • 1969 Marcie Aguilar, female infielder (Colo Silver Bullets), born in Tucson, Arizona
  • 1970 [Rafael Edward] Ted Cruz, American Politician (Senate-R-Texas 2013-), born in Calgary. Alberta
  • 1975 Sergei Aschwanden, born in Bern

Weddings in History

Deaths in History