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#TodayInHistory – December 22

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December 22 – Some important events on this day

1596 ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ Ferryboat Meuniers crashes in Paris, 150 die
1666 ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ The French Academy of Sciences, founded by Louis XIV with Jean-Baptiste Colbert first meets in the Kings Library
1790 ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ Supposedly impenetrable Turkish fortress of Izmail stormed and captured by Suvorov and his Russian armies during the Russo-Turkish War (1787โ€“92)
1808 ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ Beethoven’s Symphonies No. 5 and No. 6, Choral Fantasy and Piano Concerto No. 4 (featuring the composer as soloist) premiere at the Theater an der Wien in Vienna, Austria
1849 ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ The execution of Russian writer Fyodor Dostoyevsky by firing squad is called off at the last second
1877 ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ Thomas Edison’s Phonograph is announced by Scientific American
1885 ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ Itล Hirobumi, a samurai, becomes the first Prime Minister of Japan
1932 ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ “The Mummy” directed by Karl Freund and starring Boris Karloff is released in the US – 1st Mummy horror film

1956 ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ Colo is born, the first gorilla to be bred in captivity at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Columbus, Ohio.
Colo, a western lowland gorilla whose name was a combination of Columbus and Ohio, was the daughter of Millie and Mac, two gorillas captured in French Cameroon, Africa, who were brought to the Columbus Zoo in 1951.

1962 ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ 1,000,000th NBA point scored
1972 ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ 6.25 earthquake strikes Managua Nicaragua, 12,000+ killed
1989 ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ After 23 years of dictatorial rule, Romania ousts Communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu
1990 ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ Lech Waล‚ฤ™sa sworn in as Poland’s 1st popularly elected president
2010 ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ Repeal of the “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy”, a 17-year-old policy banning homosexuals serving openly in the US military, signed into law by President Barack Obama
2018 ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ Tsunami hits Indonesia’s Sunda Strait killing over 400 after part of the Anak Krakatoa volcano slips into the sea