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Wednesday December 22, 2021

December 22: Day of the Week

December 22, 2021 is the 356th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 9 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week is Wednesday.

If you are trying to learn French then this day of the week in French is mercredi.

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Here’s the December calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.

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Zodiac & Birthstone

Capricorn is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Turquoise is the modern birthstone for this month. Onyx is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

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December 22 Historical Event(s)

  • 1769
    Sino-Burmese War (1765–1769) ends with an uneasy truce.
  • 1790
    The Turkish fortress of Izmail is stormed and captured by Suvorov and his Russian armies.
  • 1885
    Ito Hirobumi, a samurai, became the first Prime Minister of Japan.
  • 1944
    World War II: The People’s Army of Vietnam is formed to resist Japanese occupation of Indo-China, now Vietnam.
  • 1965
    In the United Kingdom, a 70 mph speed limit is applied to all rural roads including motorways for the first time. Previously, there had been no speed limit.
  • 1974
    Grande Comore, Anjouan and Mohéli vote to become the independent nation of Comoros. Mayotte remains under French administration.
  • 1989
    After a week of bloody demonstrations, Ion Iliescu takes over as president of Romania, ending Nicolae Ceauşescu’s Communist authoritarian regime.
  • 1989
    Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate re-opens after nearly 30 years, effectively ending the division of East and West Germany.
  • 1997
    Hussein Aidid relinquishes the disputed title of President of Somalia by signing the Cairo Declaration, in Cairo, Egypt. It is the first major step towards reconciliation in Somalia since 1991.
  • 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, is signed into law by President Barack Obama.

Who were born on December 22?

  • 1178
    Emperor Antoku of Japan (d. 1185)
  • 1765
    Johann Friedrich Pfaff, German mathematician (d. 1825)
  • 1805
    John Obadiah Westwood, British entomologist (d. 1893)
  • 1869
    Edwin Arlington Robinson, American poet (d. 1935)
  • 1921
    Hawkshaw Hawkins, American country singer (d. 1963)
  • 1944
    Steve Carlton, American baseball player
  • 1949
    Maurice Gibb, English musician (The Bee Gees) (d. 2003)
  • 1968
    Dina Meyer, American actress
  • 1974
    Heather Donahue, American actress
  • 1998
    G. Hannelius, American child actress

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