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This Day in History for December 22

1807 – U.S. Congress passes Embargo Act and President Thomas Jefferson signs into law.  Prohibits American ships from trading in foreign ports, as result of involvement in hostilities between France and Britain.

1877 – Thomas Edison’s phonograph is announced by Scientific American.

1882 – 1st string of Christmas tree lights created by Thomas Edison.

1910 – US postal savings stamps 1st issued.

1932 – Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers 1st joint movie “Flying Down to Rio,” directed by Thornton Freeland, premieres in NYC.

1937 – Lincoln Tunnel (NYC) opens to traffic.

1941 – Winston Churchill arrives in Washington, D.C. for wartime conference.

1943 – Manufactures get permission to use synthetic rubber for baseball core.

1958 – “Chipmunk Song” reaches #1.

1962 – Harris County, Texas voters approve all-weather stadium for Houston Colt .45s.

1964 – First flight of the US aircraft Lockheed SR-71, reaches 3,530 kph (record for a jet)

1965 – “Doctor Zhivago” based on novel by Boris Pasternak, directed by David Lean and starring Omar Sharif and Julie Christie premieres in NYC.

1969 – Pete Marovich sets NCAA record of hitting 30 or 31 foul shots.

1973 – OPEC Gulf Six decides to raise the posted price of marker crude from $5.12 to $11.65 per barrel effective January 1, 1974.

1983 – Indiana Pacers win, 133-132 in Denver to end a 28 NBA game losing streak on the road.

1990 – Paul Coffey becomes the second NHL defenseman to record 1000 points, doing so in a record-breaking 770 games.

1995 – David Cone signs $19.5 million, 3 year contract with NY Yankees.

2001 – Richard Reid attempts to destroy a passenger airliner by igniting explosives hidden in his shoes aboard American Airlines Flight 63.

2010 – Repeal of the “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy”, a 17-year-old policy banning homosexuals serving openly in the US military, signed into law by President Barack Obama.

2018 – Partial shutdown of US federal government begins.

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