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DECEMBER 22

Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
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1808 Beethoven Conducts the First Performances of His Symphonies 5 and 6 at the Theater an der Wien in Vienna, Austria Vienna, Austria Ludwig van Beethoven Composers Historic Firsts American Public Media
1943 W.E.B. Du Bois Is Elected as the First African-American Member of the National Institute of Arts and Letters W.E.B. DuBois American Authors Civil Rights African-American Authors Historic Firsts American Academy of Arts and Letters University of Georgia
1956 The First Gorilla Is Born in Captivity at the Columbus, Ohio Zoo Columbus, Ohio Gorillas Historic Firsts Columbus Zoo History Channel Ohio Historical Society
1990 Lech Walesa Takes the Oath of Office as Poland's First Popularly Elected President Lech Walesa Elections Historic Firsts New York Times

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