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DECEMBER 22

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Vietnam: People's Army Day
(Commemorates the founding of the People's Army 12/22/1944)
Vietnam Seoul Times
1696 James Oglethorpe (English Founder of the British Colony of Georgia) English Political and Social Leaders Georgia Colonial Georgia University of Georgia
1823 Thomas Higginson (Massachusetts-born Abolitionist Who Led the First African-American Regiment to Serve in the Civil War) Massachusetts Political and Social Leaders Abolition American Civil War
1856 Frank Kellogg (New York-born Statesman: 1929 Nobel Laureate for Peace) New York Political and Social Leaders 1929 Nobel Laureate for Peace
1862 Walter Goodland (Governor of Wisconsin) Wisconsin Political and Social Leaders Wisconsin Political and Social Leaders
1883 Arthur Wergs Mitchell (Alabama-born Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Illinois) Alabama Political and Social Leaders Illinois Political and Social Leaders U.S. Congress African American Political and Social Leaders African American REgistry
1912 Lady Bird Johnson (Texas-born Wife of President Lyndon Johnson) Texas Political and Social Leaders Lady Bird Johnson
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1937 Frank Kellogg (New York-born Statesman: 1929 Nobel Laureate for Peace) New York Political and Social Leaders 1929 Nobel Laureate for Peace
2001 Kato Shidzue (Japanese Feminist and One of the First Women Elected to the Japanese D: 104 Years Old) Japanese Political and Social Leaders Womren Asian History
2008 Lansana Conte (Guinea Dictator) Guinea Political and Social Leaders Associated Press BBC
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1715 James Edward Stuart, Son of James II, Deposed Catholic King of England, Lands in Scotland to Lead Jacobite Rebellion Scotland English Political and Social Leaders James II Historic UK
1775 A Continental Naval Fleet Is Organized in the Rebellious American Colonies Colonial America Naval Military History New York Times
King George III Approves Bill Prohibiting All Trade and Commerce with the Thirteen American Colonies English Government King George III Colonial America International Trade University of Georgia
1807 U.S. House of Representatives Passes President Jefferson's Embargo Act Barring U.S. Trade with Europe U.S. House of Representatives President Thomas Jefferson International Trade History Channel
1865 Governor John Andrew Officially Receives the Regimental Colors of Massachusetts Units of the Union Army Massachusetts Military Figures American Civil War Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities
1894 Alfred Dreyfus, a Jewish Officer in the French Army, Is Convicted of Treason Alfred Dreyfus Law and Legal Resources Judaism Writers' Almanac
1917 Russian-German Peace Talks Begin at Brest-Litovsk Russia Germany World War I History Channel
1929 Soviet Union Ends Months of Armed Skirmishes in Manchuria, Pulling Its Troops Away from the Eastern Railway Soviet Union China War Asian History
1939 Two Express Trains Collide in Magdeburg, Germany, Killing More Than 100 People Germany Railroads Death History Channel
1941 British Prime Minister Winston Churchill Arrives in Washington, D.C. for Talks with President Roosevelt Winston Churchill President Franklin Roosevelt World War II History Channel
1944 U.S. General. Anthony C. McAuliffe Replies ''Nuts!'' to German Demands for Surrender at the Battle of the Bulge Nazi Germany World War II New York Times
Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. Is Captured During the Battle of the Bulge and Put to Work at a Vitamin Factory in Dresden Germany Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. American Authors World War II Prisoners of War American Collection
1968 Julie Nixon Marries David Eisenhower President Dwight Eisenhower President Richard Nixon American Presidency History Channel
1972 Chilean Air Force Finds 14 Survivors Two Months After Their Andes Airplane Crash Chile Air Disasters BBC
1974 Terrorists Bomb the Home of Former British Prime Minister Edward Heath British Political and Social Leaders Northern Ireland Terrorism BBC
1989 Berlin's Brandenburg Gate Re-opens for First Time in Nearly 30 Years Berlin Cold War BBC
Popular Uprising Topples Romanian Communist Ruler Nicolae Ceausescu From Power Romania Cold War New York Times
1990 Lech Walesa Takes the Oath of Office as Poland's First Popularly Elected President Lech Walesa Elections Historic Firsts New York Times
1993 South Africa's White Parliament Adopts Interim Constitution That Will Lead to the End of Apartheid South African Government Historic World Documents South African History
2003 Colombian Rebels Release Five Hostages 103 Days After Their Capture Colombia Terrorism BBC
2010 U.S. Congress Approves START (Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty) with Russia Russia U.S. Congress START CNN

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