December 22 in Pop Culture History

22December 22 in Pop Culture History

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1666 – The French Academy of Sciences was founded.

1808 – Ludwig van Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony (Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 67) premiered. It is one of the most well known pieces of music of all time.

1882 – The first string of electric lights decorating a Christmas tree was created for his house by Edward H. Johnson,

1900 – Emil Jellinek, an Austrian racer, bought the first ‘Mercedes’ automobile.

1937 – The Lincoln Tunnel in New York opened to traffic. A second tube of the Lincoln Tunnel to the north of the first was opened on 1 Feb 1945, and a third tube was added south of the first on 25 May 1957.

1947 – The transistor was first demonstrated at Bell Laboratories.

1956 – Colo was born at the Columbus Zoo in Ohio. She was the first gorilla born in captivity.

1958 – #1 Hit December 22, 1958 – January 18, 1959: The Chipmunks with David SevilleThe Chipmunk Song

1962 – #1 Hit December 22, 1962 – January 11, 1963: The TornadosTelstar

1963 – The National Christmas Tree was not lit until December 22nd because of a national 30-day period of mourning following the assassination of President Kennedy.

1978 – Full time businessman and part-time clown John Wayne Gacy confessed to kidnapping, torturing and killing several dozen young men.

1979 – #1 Hit December 22, 1979 – January 4, 1980: Rupert HolmesEscape (The Pina Colada Song)

1984 – #1 Hit December 22, 1984 – February 1, 1985: MadonnaLike a Virgin

1984 – Bernhard ‘Bernie” Goetz shot several would-be muggers in a Manhattan, New York subway.

1989 – Tango & Cash, Born on the Fourth of July and Roger & Me were released in theaters.

1990 – Kindergarten Cop, Bonfire of the Vanities and Awakenings were released in theaters.

1995 – Cutthroat Island, Grumpier Old Men and Waiting to Exhale were released in theaters.

1999 – Man on the Moon was released in theaters.

2000 – O Brother Where Art Thou?, Miss Congeniality and The Family Man debuted in theaters.

2002 – #1 Hit December 22, 2001 – February 22, 2002: NickelbackHow You Remind Me

2004 – Meet the Fockers and Phantom of the Opera were released in theaters.

2006 – Night At The Museum, Hotel Rwanda and The Good Shepard debuted in theaters.

2010 – Little Fockers and True Grit were released in theaters.

2012 – #1 Hit December 22, 2012 – February 1, 2013: Bruno MarsLocked Out of Heaven

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