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December 22nd Today's Highlights in History

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Tuesday, December 22nd
The 356th day of 2009.
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Today's Highlights in History

   On Dec. 22, 1864, during the Civil War, Union Gen. William T. Sherman sent a message to President Lincoln from Georgia, saying, "I beg to present you as a Christmas gift the city of Savannah." (Go to article.)

On Dec. 22, 1907, Dame Peggy Ashcroft, the British stage actress , was born. Following her death on June 14, 1991, her obituary appeared in The Times. (Go to obit. | Other Birthdays)
Editorial Cartoon of the Day
   On December 22, 1906, Harper's Weekly featured a cartoon about Secretary of State Elihu Root. (See the cartoon and read an explanation.)
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1775    A Continental naval fleet was organized in the rebellious American colonies.

1858    Opera composer Giacomo Puccini was born in Lucca, Italy.

1864    During the Civil War, Union Gen. William T. Sherman sent a message to President Abraham Lincoln from Georgia, saying, "I beg to present you as a Christmas gift the city of Savannah."

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

1912    Lady Bird Johnson, the wife of President Lyndon B. Johnson, was born Claudio Alta Taylor in Karnack, Texas.

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

1944    During the Battle of the Bulge, Germany demanded the surrender of American troops at Bastogne, Belgium; Brigadier Gen. Anthony C. McAuliffe reportedly replied: "Nuts!"

1984    New York City resident Bernhard Goetz shot four black youths on a Manhattan subway, claiming they were about to rob him.

1989    Playwright Samuel Beckett died in Paris at age 83.

1990    Lech Walesa took the oath of office as Poland's first popularly elected president.

2000    Pop singer Madonna married film director Guy Ritchie in Scotland. (The couple announced in October 2008 that they were divorcing.)

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.

2002    Rock musician Joe Strummer of The Clash died at age 50.

2005    New York transit workers ended their three-day strike without a new contract.

2005    Astronomers announced the discovery of two more rings encircling the planet Uranus.

Current Birthdays

Ralph Fiennes turns 47 years old today.

AP Photo/Evan Agostini Actor Ralph Fiennes turns 47 years old today.

87    Jim Wright
Former House speaker

73    Hector Elizondo

71    Red Steagall
Country singer

66    Paul Wolfowitz
Former World Bank president

65    Steve Carlton
Baseball Hall of Famer

64    Diane Sawyer
Broadcast journalist ("Good Morning America")

63    Rick Nielsen
Rock musician (Cheap Trick)

60    Robin Gibb
Singer (The Bee Gees)

58    Jan Stephenson

56    BernNadette Stanis

49    Luther Campbell
Rapper (2 Live Crew)

49    Chuck Mead
Country musician (BR549)

41    Lauralee Bell
Actress ("The Young and the Restless")

41    Lori McKenna
Country singer

41    Dina Meyer

35    Heather Donahue
Actress ("The Blair Witch Project")

29    Chris Carmack

Historic Birthdays

Dame Peggy Ashcroft

12/22/1907 - 6/14/1991
English actress
(Go to obit.)

?    James Oglethorpe
12/22/1696 - 6/30/1785
English founder of the British colony of Georgia

91    Jean Henri Fabre
12/22/1823 - 10/11/1915
French entomologist

87    Thomas Higginson
12/22/1823 - 5/9/1911
American abolitionist

80    Frank Kellogg
12/22/1856 - 12/21/1937
American secretary of state

65    Giacomo Puccini
12/22/1858 - 11/29/1924
Italian composer

67    Filippo Tommaso Marinetti
12/22/1876 - 12/2/1944
Italian-born French novelist, poet, and dramatist; founded Futurist artistic movement

82    Giacomo Manzu
12/22/1908 - 1/17/1991
Italian sculptor

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