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Daily Calendar for Wednesday, December 22, 2021

Born

  • Giacomo Puccini (composer)
  • Edwin Arlington Robinson (poet)
  • Grote Reber (American astronomer)
  • Claudia Lady Bird" Johnson" (U.S. First Lady)
  • Diane Sawyer (journalist)
  • Ralph Fiennes (actor)
  • Lauralee Bell (actress)
  • Jordin Sparks (singer; season 6 American Idol winner)

Died

  • George Eliot (writer)
  • Ferdinand V. Hayden (geologist)
  • Beatrix Potter (author)
  • Samuel Beckett (writer)
  • Joe Strummer (singer)

Events

  • Construction began for first schoolhouse west of Allegheny Mountains, in Schoenbrunn, Ohio
  • Continental Fleet was organized by the rebellious American colonies under the command of Esek Hopkins
  • American Bicycling Journal first published
  • Edward Johnson, an associate of Thomas Edison, created the first string of Christmas tree lights
  • A magnitude 6.5 earthquake hit the central California coast

Weather

  • Lake-effect snows brought a heavy storm to Turin, New York

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