Today In History

Associated Press

Today in History: Tuesday, December  22, 2015
AP Highlight in History:
On Dec. 22, 1989, Romanian President Nicolae Ceausescu, the last of Eastern Europe’s hard-line Communist rulers, was toppled from power in a popular uprising.
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On this date in:
1858 Opera composer Giacomo Puccini was born in Lucca, Italy.
1864 During the Civil War, Union Gen. William T. Sherman sent a message to President Abraham Lincoln from Georgia, saying, “I beg to present you as a Christmas gift the city of Savannah.”
1894 French army officer Alfred Dreyfus was convicted of treason in a court-martial that triggered worldwide charges of anti-Semitism. (He was eventually vindicated.)
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1912 Lady Bird Johnson, the wife of President Lyndon B. Johnson, was born Claudio Alta Taylor in Karnack, Texas.
1941 British Prime Minister Winston Churchill arrived in Washington, D.C., for a wartime conference with President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
1944 During the Battle of the Bulge, Germany demanded the surrender of American troops at Bastogne, Belgium; Brigadier Gen. Anthony C. McAuliffe reportedly replied: “Nuts!”
1984 New York City resident Bernhard Goetz shot four black youths on a Manhattan subway, claiming they were about to rob him.
1990 Lech Walesa took the oath of office as Poland’s first popularly elected president.
2000 Pop singer Madonna married film director Guy Ritchie in Scotland. (The couple divorced in 2008.)
2001 Richard C. Reid, a passenger on an American Airlines flight from Paris to Miami, tried to ignite explosives in his shoes, but was subdued by flight attendants and fellow passengers.
2005 Astronomers announced the discovery of two more rings encircling the planet Uranus.
2010 President Barack Obama signed a law allowing gays for the first time in history to serve openly in America’s military.
Today’s Birthdays:
Singer Meghan Trainor turns 22 years old today.
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Name Profession Age
Jim Wright Former House speaker 93
Hector Elizondo Actor 79
Paul Wolfowitz Former World Bank president 72
Steve Carlton Baseball Hall of Famer 71
Diane Sawyer Broadcast journalist (“Good Morning America”) 70
Rick Nielsen Rock musician (Cheap Trick) 67
Jan Stephenson Golfer 64
Luther Campbell Rapper (2 Live Crew) 55
Ted Cruz U.S. senator, R-Texas 45
Heather Donahue Actress (“The Blair Witch Project”) 42
Jordin Sparks R&B singer (“American Idol”) 26
Actor Ralph Fiennes turns 53 years old today.
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