Today in History - December 22nd

  • 1807 - On this day in history, Congress passed Embargo Act, to force peace between Britain & France.
  • 1864 - Union Gen. William T. Sherman sent a message to President Lincoln from Georgia. The message read, "I beg to present you as a Christmas gift the city of Savannah." 
  • 1910 - Today in history, postal savings stamps were issued for the first time. They were discontinued in 1914. 
  • 1919 - US deported 250 alien radicals, including anarchist Emma Goldman.
  • 1937 - On this day in history, The Lincoln Tunnel (NYC) opened to traffic.
  • 1941 - Winston Churchill arrived in Washington, DC for a wartime conference.
  • 1942 - Today in history, Adolf Hitler signed the order to develop the V-2 rocket as a weapon.
  • 1961 - James Davis became the first Americansoldier to die in Vietnam, while US involvement was still limited to the provision of military advisers. 
  • 1964 - On this day in history, comedian Lenny Bruce was convicted of obscenity.
  • 1965 - Director David Lean's "Dr Zhivago," premiered.
  • 1970 - Today in history, Treblinka's SS commander Franz Stangl was sentenced to life imprisonment.
  • 1984 - Bernhard Goetz shot 4 alleged black muggers on NYC subway train.
  • 1990 - On this day in history, Lech Walesa was sworn in as Poland's first 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.

SCIENCE, DISCOVERIES, PATENTS - Today in History, December 22nd

  • 1870 - Today in history, Jules Janssen flew in a balloon in order to study a solar eclipse.
  • 1882 - First string of Christmas tree lights were created by Thomas Edison.
  • 1895 - On this day in history, German physicist Wilhelm Röntgen made the first X-ray of his wife's hand.
  • 997 - The Merck baldness pill for men was approved by FDA.

MUSIC HISTORY - Today in History, December 22nd

  • 1858 - Today in history, Composer Giacomo Puccini was born. 
  • 1894 - Debussy's "Prélude à l'apres-midi d'un faune," premiered.
  • 1976 - On this day in history, East Germany banished singer Nina Hagen.
  • 984 - CBS Records announced the upcoming release of Mick Jagger's first solo album "She's the Boss."
  • 1987 - Today in history, Motley Crue's Nikki Sixx overdosed from heroin.
  • 1991 - Gregg Allman made his acting debut as a drug kingpin in the movie "Rush." 

SPORTS - Today in History, December 22nd

  • 1962 - 1,000,000th NBA point was scored.

FAMOUS BIRTHDAYS - December 22nd

  • Giacomo Puccini 1858 
  • Lady Bird Johnson 1912
  • Hector Elizondo 1936
  • Diane Sawyer 1945
  • Robin Gibb (Bee Gees) 1949 
  • Maurice Gibb (Bee Gees) 1949