Thursday, December 22, 2011

22nd of December

Today is the 356th day of the year, with only 9 days remaining until the end of the year.

1807 - The Embargo Act, forbidding trade with all foreign countries, is passed by the U.S. Congress, at the urging of President Thomas Jefferson.

1808 - Ludwig von Beethoven conducts and performs in concert at the Theater an der Wien, Vienna with premiere of his Fifth and Sixth Symphony's, Fourth Piano Concerto and Choral Fantasy, both performed by him.

1809 - The Non-Intercourse Act, lifts the Embargo Act, except for the United Kingdom and France.

1864 - Savannah, Georgia falls to General William Tecumseh Sherman, concluding his March to the Sea.

1885 - Ito Hirobumi, a samurai, became the first Prime Minister of Japan.

1937 - The Lincoln Tunnel opens to traffic in New York City.

1942 - Adolf Hitler signs the order to develop the V-2 rocket as a weapon.

1944 - German troops demand the surrender of United States troops at Bastogne, Belgium, prompting the famous one word reply by General Anthony McAuliffe, "Nuts!"

1956 - Colo is born, he is the first gorilla to be bred in captivity.

1964 - It is the first flight of the SR-71 Blackbird.

1989 - Berlin's Brandenburg Gate re-opens after nearly 30 years, effectively ending the division of East and West Germany.

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