What Happened On This Day – December 22
2010 Don't ask don't tell was repealed
President Obama signed the repeal of the don't ask, don't tell policy that governed the recruitment and service of LGBTQ members in the United States military. The policy was put in place by the Clinton Administration in 1994.
1989 Romanian President Nicolae Ceaușescu overthrown
The Communist President was ousted after widespread demonstrations in the country. Ceaușescu and his wife Elena tried to flee the country, but were captured, tried and executed by a firing squad. The Romanian Revolution was the only violent overthrow of a communist government in the 1980s.
1937 Lincoln Tunnel opens
The 1.5-mile-long (2.4 km) long tunnel passes under the Hudson River and connects New Jersey to New York City.
1891 First asteroid discovered through astrophotography
323 Brucia was discovered by Max Wolf and was named after Catherine Wolfe Bruce, an American patron of astronomy.
1882 First Christmas tree to be illuminated by electric lights displayed
Edward H. Johnson, an associate of inventor Thomas Edison and the Vice President of the Edison Electric Light Company, became the first person to decorate a Christmas tree with electric lights at his home in New York City.
Births On This Day – December 22
1989 Jordin Sparks
American singer-songwriter, actress
1943 Paul Wolfowitz
American politician, 25th United States Deputy Secretary of Defense
1912 Lady Bird Johnson
American wife of Lyndon B. Johnson, 38th First Lady of the United States
1887 Srinivasa Ramanujan
1666 Guru Gobind Singh
Deaths On This Day – December 22
2014 Joe Cocker
2002 Joe Strummer
English singer-songwriter, guitarist, actor
1989 Samuel Beckett
Irish/French author, playwright, director, Nobel Prize laureate
1942 Franz Boas
1880 George Eliot