Lost and Found – December 22nd Edition

What to remember about December 22nd…

Winter Solstice and shortest day of the year.

  • 1775  Continental Congress organizes the navy by naming 4 captains and a commander-in-chief of the fleet Admiral Esek Hopkins
  • 1808  World premier of Ludwig van Beethoven’s 5th Symphony in a freezing cold Viennese auditorium; he plays piano part himself

 

http://youtu.be/rVBiI96Puu4

THIS, is probably not what he envisioned.  Still good though 🙂

  • 1864  General Sherman wires Lincoln of his success saying “I beg to present you, as a Christmas gift, the city of Savannah”
  • 1944  German troops demand American surrender at Battle of the Bulge; General McAuliff famously replies “Nuts”
  • 1964  Super-secret Air Force SR-71 Blackbird takes first flight
  • 1968  Children of 2 U.S. Presidents marry in New York City; Julie Nixon and David Eisenhower wed
  • 1978  Serial murderer and s-lf-proclaimed “killer clown” John Wayne Gacy confesses in Chicago to murders of over 25 young men
  • 1984  Bernhard “Bernie” Goetz shoots 4 black men on New York subway; claiming self-defense he is cleared of most charges
  • 1989  West German Chancellor walks through “closed” Brandenburg Gate signaling the permanent opening of Berlin Wall
  • 2001  Richard Reid attempts to detonate “shoe bomb” aboard flight from Paris to Miami; subdued by fellow passengers he will later be given multiple life sentences
  • 2006  District attorney finally drops rape charges against falsely accused Duke University lacrosse players; ethics charges pending
  • 2010  President Obama signs bill repealing Clinton-era  “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” prohibition on disclosing sexual orientation in the military

(And happy birthday to Ms. Rory.  Have a terrific 5th Lady Bug!)

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