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List of December 22nd Major News Events

  1. 1989 Germany -- Brandenburg Gate Open
  2. 1932 Spain -- Civil War
  3. 1952 U.S.A. -- First Corvette
  4. 1984 U.S.A. -- Subway Vigilante
  5. 1991 Russia -- Soviet Union Ended

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1989 Germany -- Brandenburg Gate Open

1989 : The Brandenburg Gate has been opened for the first time in almost three decades. The West German Chancellor Helmut Kohl walked through to be greeted by Hans Modrow, the East German Prime Minister, and thousands of German people flooded through from either side of the city.

1997 England -- BSE Inqiry Started

An independent inquiry into the BSE "disaster" and the devastation it wreaked on British farming has been announced by the government. Included in the Inquiry will be report on the origins and the way in which authorities responded to it and the development of its human equivalent Creutzfeldt Jakob disease, CJD.

The results of the inquiry published in October 2000 included

Poor enforcement of the 1989 ban on specified bovine offal (brain, spinal cord and other tissue)

The government at the time played down the links between BSE-infected beef and variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (vCJD)

The government at the time misled the public about the risks posed by so-called mad cow disease

1906 Canada -- Japanese navy Visit

A visit from the Japanese navy was expected in Vancouver. Officials in Ottawa were informed that three vessels led by Rear Admiral Katouka would visit the following March.

1927 Philippines -- Leper Colony

An institution for saving the children of the Culion leper colony was run by the public welfare commissioner in Manila. The children were watched for signs of leprosy and given schooling.

1932 Spain -- Civil War

1932 : A war in Spain was causing deep divisions in U.S. politics and it was feared that the war would spark a massive European conflict.

1939 Germany -- Train Crash

Two trains collide in Magdeburg, Germany, killing more than 100 people

Born This Day In History December 22nd

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Maurice Gibb

Born: 22nd December 1949 Isle of Man

Died: January 12th 2003 Miami Beach, Florida, United States

Known For : Maurice Gibb best known as one of the founding members of the pop group the "Bee Gees" with his brothers Robin and Barry. The Bee Gees sold over 200 million records and were one of the most popular groups from the mid 60's to late 70's. The Gib Family emmigrated to Australia in the late 50's and it was in Australia that the Bee Gees first gained popularity before returning to the UK and signing with Polydor Records and joining up with Vince Melouney on lead guitar and Colin Petersen on Drums and releasing thier first single "Spicks and Specks" which made the top 20 in the UK and U.S, followed by 'To Love Somebody'.

1942 Italy -- German Supplies

Although Italy was politically and economically unstable and somewhat of a liability for Germany as a war ally, the Germans supplied Italy with coal, iron, and fuel in return for tanks, planes, weapons, and food.

1952 U.S.A. -- First Corvette

The first Corvette, a production-ready prototype, is completed, it is shipped to New York where it made its public debut at the GM Motorama show at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel on January 17

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1956 U.S.A. -- Baby Gorilla Born

A baby gorilla named Colo enters the world at the Columbus Zoo in Ohio, becoming the first-ever gorilla born in captivity

1959 Denmark -- Members Of Communist Party Sent To Jail

1959 : In Denmark seven Danish citizens were convicted and sent to jail for being members of the Communist Party and spying for East Germany. Their sentences were from 18 months to 5 years.

1968 Canada -- Voting Age

Canada and the U.S. were the only countries in the world where the voting ages differ according to which province or state you live in. Quebec and Saskatchewan allowed teenagers 18 years old to vote, whereas British Columbia allowed 19 year olds to vote.

1972 Argentina -- Plane Crash Andes

December 22nd, 1972 : 14 survivors from a plane that crashed in the Argentine Andes over two months earlier, two of the survivors reached civilization yesterday after a 10 day trek to get help. The survivors had lived on chocolate bars, sweets and light food they found in luggage.

1977 U.S.A. -- President Jimmy Carter

President Jimmy Carter had his first year as president. His White House staff was inexperienced, however Carter got strip-mine control legislation through Congress -- a matter which had stumped Republicans for years.

1984 U.S.A. -- Subway Vigilante

Bernhard Goetz shoots four black youths on a Manhattan subway, claiming they were about to rob him. He is dubbed the "Subway Vigilante" by the New York press and becomes a symbol of New Yorkers' frustrations with a high crime rate.

1987 Japan -- Minke Whales Killing

1987 : One hundred Minke whales were going to be killed in the Antarctic by Japan. Their Fisheries Department termed it "scientific whaling" but some felt it really was an excuse for commercial whaling.

1990 Poland -- Lech Walesa

Lech Walesa took the oath of office as Poland's first popularly elected president.

1991 Russia -- Soviet Union Ended

The Soviet Union was dead and 11 former republics announced that they represented a commonwealth, leaving President Mikhail Gorbachev an emperor without an empire. The commonwealth was ratified at Alma-Ata in Kazaka.

90 years of price Change

90 Years Of Price Changes

We spent many hours researching cost of living information for each year and I created this page after being asked a number of times about why I did not include current prices alongside our cost of living information for each year and thought this was the easiest way to make the information available. includes Average Cost Of New Home, Average Wages, New Car cost, Gallon Of Gas and a 1lb Hamburger Meat, 1920 to 2021

From 1960s Food Prices Page

  • Banquet Frozen Dinners 39 cents Wisconsin 1963
  • Cambells Soup 89 cents for 6 cans Massachusetts 1965
  • Cheerios 25 cents per pk California 1961
  • Cheerios Cereal 28 cents per pk New Jersey 1966
  • Del Monte Peaches 29 cents per can      1960
  • Egg Nog 69 cents per quart Massachusetts 1965
  • Frozen Chicken Pies 29 cents California 1966

1994 U.S.A. -- Christmas Nor'easter

The Christmas 1994 Nor'easter was a storm system that moved through Florida and the southern region of the United States. As a result, though, high winds and 10-20 foot waves collided with the upper East Coast of the country and eroded the shores of the area. New Jersey and New York also got floods with more than 5 inches of rain falling in some places.

2000 Scotland -- Madonna

Madonna has married British movie director Guy Ritchie at an exclusive ceremony in the Scottish Highlands.

2001 U.S.A. -- Shoe Bomber

Richard C. Reid, dubbed by the press as the shoe bomber, a passenger on an American Airlines flight from Paris to Miami, tried to ignite explosives in his shoes, but was subdued by flight attendants and fellow passengers.

On January 30, 2003, he was found guilty on terrorism charges at a federal court in Boston, Massachusetts and is currently serving multiple life sentences.

2005 Mexico -- Border Wall US

2005 : Mexico was demanding that Latin America join in the fight against American plans to erect a 700 mile wall on the border between Mexico and the U.S.

2007 Afghanistan -- Nicolas Sarkozy visits Afghanistan

French President Nicolas Sarkozy has warned the international community not to let Afghanistan fall into the hands of extremists. He was speaking on a one-day visit to Kabul, where he met his counterpart, Hamid Karzai. He is due to see some of the 1,300 French troops based there, and has recently pledged France's support for the U.S. intervention.

2008 United States -- New York Times admits that the letter from the Mayor of Paris was fake

The New York Times has said that the letter that was published in its earlier editions, and purported to be from the mayor of Paris was a fake. The letter had been attacking Caroline Kennedy's bid for a Senate seat. It had called Ms Kennedy's bid 'not very democratic' and 'appalling.' The New York Times said it had failed to check whether the letter, which had been sent by e-mail, was authentic. The letter asked 'what title has Ms Kennedy to pretend to Hillary Clinton’s seat? We French can only see a dynastic move of the vanishing Kennedy clan in the very country of the Bill of Rights. It is both surprising and appalling.' The paper had appended the error by the time of 22nd's later editions.

2009 United States -- Howard Schmidt is appointed as the White House Cybersecurity Coordinator

President Obama has named Howard Schmidt as his cybersecurity adviser. Schmidt will be reporting to the deputy National Security Adviser John Brennan. His portfolio will be extensive as cybersecurity will be covering almost every facet of the government from national security to economic welfare. Schmidt was a former head of information security at eBay and Microsoft, and had served in the Bush administration, where he wrote guidelines for increased cybersecurity after the September 11th terrorist attacks.

2012 Italy -- Italian Parliament Dissolved

22nd December, 2012 : The Italian parliament was dissolved a day after the Prime Minister, Mario Monti, resigned. New elections would be held February 24th and 25th.

2013 Namibia -- Plane Crash Was Deliberate

It was revealed that all evidence in a Mozambican Airlines crash over Namibia in November pointed to the pilot purposefully crashing the plane. The plane had thirty-three people on board and all of them died. It is unknown as to why the pilot would have crashed on purpose.

From our 1980s Furniture

1989 Videotape Storage Cabinet

1989 Videotape Storage Cabinet

Price: $79.99

This custom-crafted oak-grained cabinet opens to reveal storage for up to 120 video tapes. With inserts included, holds 92 video tapes, 18 CD's and 14 audio cassettes. Doors lock for complete security.

1987 Clock Radio TV

1987 Clock Radio TV

Price: $79.95

AM/FM Clock/Radio with four and a half inch black and white TV. Red LED digital time display with AM indicator. High/low dimmer control. Snooze bar. Battery backup system. Earphone jack. Telescopic FM antenna. White plastic cabinet.

Toys From The 1990s

Vintage Nintendo Game Boy Compact Video Game System

Vintage Nintendo Game Boy Compact Video Game System

Vintage Nintendo Game Boy Compact Video Game System
Manufacturer: Nintendo
Price: $89.99

A hand-held version of the Nintendo Entertainment System. Features Tetris Game Pack, LCD dot-matrix game screen, and digital stereo sound with earphones for private play. Video Link cable hook-up allows two Game Boy systems to go head-to-head.

Tickle Me Elmo

Tickle Me Elmo

Tickle Me Elmo
Manufacturer: Tyco
Price: $27.99

Tickle his tummy once to make him giggle, twice to make him laugh longer. Tickle him a third time and he shakes with laughter. This was one of the most popular toys for the 1996 Christmas season, with many stores running out of stock and battling crowds trying to get their hands on one.
From Our 1996 Toys Page