To­day in his­tory

The Saratogian (Saratoga, NY) - - COMMUNITY -

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

To­day’s High­light 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. On this date: In 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.

In 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.)

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

In 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.

In 1968, Julie Nixon mar­ried David Eisen­hower in a pri­vate cer­e­mony in New York.

In 1984, New York City res­i­dent Bern­hard Goetz (bur-NAHRD’ gehts) shot and wounded four youths on a Man­hat­tan sub­way, claim­ing they were about to rob him.

In 1989, Ro­ma­nian Pres­i­dent Ni­co­lae Ceaus­escu (chow-SHES’-koo), 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.

In 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.

In 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.

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