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Calendar for December 22nd, 2012

1770s

  • 1772: Construction began for first schoolhouse west of Allegheny Mountains, in Schoenbrunn, Ohio

  • 1775: Continental Fleet was organized by the rebellious American colonies under the command of Esek Hopkins

  • 1860s

  • Born 1869: Edwin Arlington Robinson (poet)

  • 1870s

  • 1877: American Bicycling Journal first published

  • 1880s

  • Died 1880: George Eliot (writer)

  • 1882: Edward Johnson, an associate of Thomas Edison, created the first string of Christmas tree lights

  • Died 1887: Ferdinand V. Hayden (geologist)

  • 1910s

  • Born 1912: Claudia "Lady Bird" Johnson (U.S. First Lady)

  • 1940s

  • Died 1943: Beatrix Potter (author)

  • Born 1945: Diane Sawyer (journalist)

  • 1960s

  • Born 1962: Ralph Fiennes (actor)

  • Born 1968: Lauralee Bell (actress)

  • 1980s

  • Died 1989: Samuel Beckett (writer)

  • Born 1989: Jordin Sparks (singer; season 6 American Idol winner)

  • 2000s

  • Died 2002: Joe Strummer (singer)

  • 2003: A magnitude 6.5 earthquake hit the central California coast


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