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Notable Historical Events for December 22nd

1974Phil Esposito, Boston, became 6th NHLer to score 500 goals

1832HMS Beagle/Charles Darwin reaches Barnevelts Islands

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

1894Claude Debussy's "Prélude à l'apres-midi d'un faune" premieres

1941Winston Churchill arrives in Washington, DC for a wartime conference

2003The New York Knicks hire Isiah Thomas as President of Basketball Operations

1980US President-elect Ronald Reagan appoints J Kirkpatrick (UN) & James Watt (Interior)

1939Bradman scores 138 in South Australia's 7-821 v Queensland

1983Egyptian president Mubarak meets with PLO leader Yasser Arafat

18821st string of Christmas tree lights created by Thomas Edison

December 22nd Historical Events
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Notable Birthdays on December 22nd

1858Giacomo Puccini, Lucca Italy opera composer (La bohème, Tosca, Madame Butterfly), (d. 1924)

1862Connie Mack, East Brookfield, Massachusetts, HOF baseball executive/manager (Phila A's 1900-1950), (d. 1956)

1856Frank Kellogg, Potsdam, New York, Sec of State (1925-29), try to outlaw war (Nobel 1929), (d. 1937)

1949Maurice Gibb, Douglas Isle of Man, rocker (Bee Gees-Saturday Night Fever)

1949Robin Gibb, Douglas Isle of Man, rocker (Bee Gees-Saturday Night Fever), (d. 2012)

1744Abigail Adams, Weymouth Massachusetts, 2nd first lady (1797-1801)

December 22nd Birthdays
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Notable Weddings on December 22nd

2000Pop singer Madonna (42) weds film director Guy Ritchie (32) at Skibo Castle in Scotland

1915Biologist Alexander Fleming (34) weds Sara McElroy

December 22nd Weddings
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Notable Deaths on December 22nd

1989Samuel Beckett, Irish/French writer (Molloy, Nobel 1969), dies at 83

1943Beatrix Potter, English children's writer and illustrator ("The Tale of Peter Rabbit") dies aged 77

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