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 This day in History - December 22
419 Historic Events for December 22
1940

Nathanael West, [Weinstein], US writer (Cool Million), dies at 37

Death
1941

Tito establishes 1st Proletarian Brigade in Yugoslavia

Event
1941

Leopoldo Mugnone, composer, dies at 83

Death
1941

Winston Churchill arrives in Washington for a wartime conference

Event
1941

Premier Winston Churchill arrives in Washington, DC

Event
1941

Japans invasion leader lands on Luzon, Philippines

Event
1943

WEB Du Bois elected 1st black member, Natl Inst of Arts and Letters

Event
1943

Billie Jean King, Long Beach Cal, tennis pro

Birth
1943

Manufacturers get permission to use synthetic rubber for baseball core

Event
1944

Barry Jenkins, rocker (Animals-House of the Rising Sun)

Birth
1944

Steve Carlton, Phillies' pitcher (Cy Young '72, '77, '80, '82)

Birth
1944

Harry Langdon, US comic/director (Heart Trouble), dies at 60

Death
1944

Antoine Mariotte, composer, dies on 69th birthday

Death
1944

Sub Swordfish departs Pearl Harbor for Japan

Event
1944

Germans demand surrender of American troops at Bastogne, Belgium

Event
1945

Otto Neurath, Austrian/British philosopher, dies at 63

Death
1945

Joris J C Voorhoeve, Dutch Defense minister (1994-, VVD)

Birth
1945

Utrecht: Catholic People's party (KVP) established

Event
1945

Diane Sawyer, Glasgow Ky, newscaster (60 Minutes, ABC Prime Time)

Birth
1945

Marianne van Wijnkoop, [Bosscher], Dutch actress (Les Mis‚rables)

Birth
1946

Cleve Browns beat NY Yankees 14-9 in AAFC championship game

Event
1946

Roberta Speer, LPGA golfer

Birth
1946

Rick Nielsen, Rockford Il, rock vocalist/guitarist (Cheap Trick)

Birth
1946

"Bal Negre" closes at Belasco Theater NYC after 54 performances

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1947

Italian constituent assembly adopts new constitution

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