To­day in his­tory

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To­day is Sun­day, Dec. 22, the 356th day of 2019. There are nine days left in the year.

On this date in his­tory

On Dec. 22, 2010, Pres­i­dent Barack Obama signed a law al­low­ing gays for the first time in his­tory to serve openly in Amer­ica’s mil­i­tary, re­peal­ing the “don’t ask, don’t tell” pol­icy.

1808 — Lud­wig van Beethoven’s Sym­phony No. 5 in C mi­nor, Op. 67, Sym­phony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68, and Pi­ano Con­certo No. 4 in G major, Op. 58, had their world pre­mieres in Vi­enna, Aus­tria.

1894 — French army of­fi­cer Al­fred Drey­fus was con­victed of trea­son in a court-mar­tial that trig­gered world­wide charges of anti-Semitism. (Drey­fus was even­tu­ally vin­di­cated.)

1941 — Bri­tish Prime Min­is­ter Win­ston Churchill ar­rived in Wash­ing­ton for a wartime con­fer­ence with Pres­i­dent Franklin D. Roo­sevelt.

1944 — Dur­ing the World War II Bat­tle of the Bulge, U.S. Brig. Gen. An­thony C. McAuliffe rejected a Ger­man de­mand for sur­ren­der, writ­ing “Nuts!” in his of­fi­cial re­ply. 1968 — Julie Nixon mar­ried David Eisen­hower in a pri­vate cer­e­mony in New York. 1984 — New York City res­i­dent Bern­hard Goetz shot and wounded four youths on a Man­hat­tan sub­way, claim­ing they were about to rob him. 1989 — Ro­ma­nian Pres­i­dent Ni­co­lae Ceaus­escu, the last of Eastern Europe’s hard-line Com­mu­nist rulers, was top­pled from power in a pop­u­lar up­ris­ing. Play­wright

Sa­muel Beck­ett died in Paris at age 83.

1991 — The body of Marine Lt. Col. Wil­liam R. Hig­gins, an Amer­i­can hostage slain by his ter­ror­ist cap­tors, was re­cov­ered af­ter it had been dumped along a high­way in Le­banon.

1992 — A Libyan Boe­ing 727 jet­liner crashed af­ter a midair col­li­sion with a MiG fighter, killing all 157 aboard the jet­liner, and both crew mem­bers of the fighter jet.

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. (Reid is serv­ing a life sen­tence in fed­eral prison.)

2008 — Five Mus­lim im­mi­grants ac­cused of schem­ing to mas­sacre U.S. soldiers at Fort Dix were con­victed of con­spir­acy in Cam­den, New Jersey. (Four were later sen­tenced to life in prison; one re­ceived a 33-year sen­tence.)

Ten years ago — As­sailants gunned down the mother, aunt and sib­lings of a Mex­i­can marine who was killed in a raid that took out one of Mex­ico’s most pow­er­ful car­tel lead­ers. Five years ago — North Korea ex­pe­ri­enced sweep­ing In­ter­net out­ages for hours be­fore com­ing back on­line; the White House and the State De­part­ment re­fused to say whether the U.S. gov­ern­ment was re­spon­si­ble. One year ago — In­done­sia’s Anak Krakatau vol­cano is­land erupted and col­lapsed, trig­ger­ing a tsunami that killed more than 420 peo­ple and dis­placed 40,000.

To­day’s birth­days

Ac­tor Hec­tor El­i­zondo is 83. Coun­try singer Red Stea­gall is 81. For­mer World Bank Group Pres­i­dent Paul Wol­fowitz is 76. Base­ball Hall of Famer Steve Carl­ton is 75. For­mer ABC News an­chor Diane Sawyer is 74. Rock singer-mu­si­cian Rick Nielsen (Cheap Trick) is 71. Rock singer-mu­si­cian Michael Ba­con is 71. Base­ball All-Star Steve Gar­vey is 71. Golfer Jan Stephen­son is 68. Ac­tress BernNadett­e Sta­nis is 66. Rap­per Luther “Luke” Camp­bell is 59. Coun­try singer-mu­si­cian Chuck Mead is 59. Ac­tor Ralph Fi­ennes (rayf fynz) is 57. Ac­tress Lau­ralee Bell is 51. Coun­try singer Lori McKenna is 51. Ac­tress Dina Meyer is 51. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, is 49. Ac­tress Heather Don­ahue is 46. Ac­tor Chris Car­mack is 39. Ac­tor Harry Ford is 37. Ac­tor Greg Fin­ley is 35. Ac­tor Lo­gan Huff­man is 30. Rhythm-and-blues singer Jordin Sparks is 30. Pop singer Meghan Trainor is 26.

Thought for to­day

“Win­ter is not a sea­son, it’s an oc­cu­pa­tion.” — Sin­clair Lewis, Amer­i­can author (1885-1951).

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