Today in History-22 December

Important Events

1790 Supposedly impenetrable Turkish fortress of Izmail stormed and captured by Suvorov and his Russian armies during the Russo-Turkish War (1787–92)
1877 Thomas Edison’s Phonograph is announced by Scientific American
1885 Itō Hirobumi, a samurai, becomes the first Prime Minister of Japan
1989 After 23 years of dictatorial rule, Romania ousts Communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu
1990 Lech Wałęsa sworn in as Poland’s 1st popularly elected president
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

Today in Film & TV

1932 “The Mummy” directed by Karl Freund and starring Boris Karloff is released in the US – 1st Mummy horror film

Today in Music

1894 Claude Debussy’s first orchestral masterpiece “Prélude à l’apres-midi d’un faune” premieres in Paris

Today in Sport

1894 United States Golf Association forms in New York

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