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On December 22nd, 1894, French army officer
Alfred Dreyfus was convicted of treason in a
court-martial that triggered worldwide charges of
anti-Semitism. (Dreyfus was eventually
On this date:
In 1775, a Continental naval fleet
was organized in the rebellious American colonies.
In 1807, Congress
passed the Embargo Act, designed to force peace
between Britain and France by cutting off all
trade with Europe.
In 1864, during
the Civil War, Union General William T. Sherman
sent a message to President Lincoln:
"I beg to present you as a Christmas gift
the city of Savannah."
In 1941, British
Prime Minister Winston Churchill arrived in
Washington for a wartime conference with
In 1944, during
the Battle of the Bulge, US Brigadier General
Anthony C. McAuliffe reportedly said
"Nuts!" when the Germans demanded the
In 1963, an
official 30-day mourning period following the
assassination of President Kennedy came to an
In 1971, the
United Nations General Assembly voted to ratify
the election of Kurt Waldheim to be
In 1984, New York
City resident Bernhard Goetz shot four black
youths on a Manhattan subway, claiming they were
about to rob him.
In 1990, Lech
Walesa took the oath of office as Poland's first
popularly elected president.
In 1991, the body
of Lieutenant Colonel William R. Higgins, an
American hostage murdered by his captors, was
found dumped along a highway in Lebanon.
Ten years ago:
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
Five years ago:
North Korea handed over the body of American
pilot David Hilemon, killed when his helicopter
was shot down over the communist country three
days earlier. House Democrats chastised
Speaker-to-be Newt Gingrich for accepting a $4.5
million book advance from Rupert Murdoch's media
One year ago: A
third Chinese dissident (Qin Yongmin) was
sentenced to prison for trying to organize an
"Winter is not a
season, it's an occupation."
Sinclair Lewis, American author (1885-1951).