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This Day in History: December 22

December 22: What Happened on This Day in History (Elementary Level)?

(Page last edited 10/12/2017)

  1. 1808 - Ludwig van Beethoven conducts and performs in concert at the Theater an der Wien, Vienna, with the premiere of his Fifth Symphony, Sixth Symphony, Fourth Piano Concerto (performed by Beethoven himself) and Choral Fantasy (with Beethoven at the piano).
  2. 1891 - Asteroid 323 Brucia becomes the first asteroid discovered using photography.
  3. 1937 - The Lincoln Tunnel opens to traffic in New York, New York.
  4. 1956 - Colo, the first gorilla to be bred in captivity, is born at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium in Ohio.
  5. 1989 - Berlin's Brandenburg Gate re-opens after nearly 30 years, effectively ending the division of East and West Germany.
  6. Famous Birthdays: Carl Friedrich Abel (German composer), Pierre Ossian Bonnet (French mathematician), Camille Guérin (French veterinarian and bacteriologist), Srinivasa Ramanujan (Indian mathematician), Haldan Keffer Hartline (American physiologist, Nobel Prize laureate)

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