December 22

December 22 is the 356th day of the Gregorian Calendar ( 357th in leap years), thus nine days remain until the end of the year.

On 22 (or 21 ) December, the sun is at noon at the Tropic of Capricorn in the zenith and no longer goes near the Arctic Circle during the day on. This day is thus in the northern hemisphere, the shortest of the year, the winter solstice.

  • 2.1 Before the 19th century
  • 2.2 19th century
  • 2.3 20th century 2.3.1 1901-1950
  • 2.3.2 1951-2000
  • 3.1 Before the 20th century
  • 3.2 20th century
  • 3.3 21st century


Politics and World Affairs

  • 2001: In Kabul Hamid Karzai was appointed head of the Afghan Transitional Administration.
  • 2001: The German Bundestag approves the deployment of German armed forces to Afghanistan to implement the Resolution 1386 of the UN Security Council by a large majority.
  • 2002: Dr. Janez Drnovšek is President in Slovenia.
  • 2004: Liese Prokop will be sworn in as the Austrian Minister of the Interior.
  • 2008: Guinean President Lansana Conté dies after a long illness. The military, led by Captain Moussa Dadis Camara staged a coup and then prevents the constitutional head of state, parliamentary president Abubakar Somparé, on the assumption of official duties.
  • 2012: In a referendum in Egypt, 63.8 percent of voters are in favor of Sharia as the main source of legislation.


Science and Technology

  • 2001: In the U.S., the cloned cat CC is born.



  • 2001: The terrorist Richard Reid tried to let the American Airlines Flight 63 from Paris to Miami crashed with 197 people on board with hidden plastic explosives in his shoes. A flight attendant noticed Reid's Zündmanöver and prevents the assassination.
  • 2012: Pope Benedict XVI. pardoned his former valet, Paolo Gabriele, who was convicted under the Vatileaks affair in early October to a prison term of 18 months.



Minor accidents are listed in the sub- items of disaster.


Entries of Athletics world records are located under the respective discipline under Athletics.


Before the 19th century

19th century

20th century




Before the 20th century

20th century

21st Century

  • 2001: Jan Kott, Polish theater scholar
  • 2002: Kurt Aepli, Swiss silversmith, jewelry and device designers as well as professional educator
  • 2002: Joe Strummer, British rock musician ( The Clash )
  • 2002: Hugh Desmond Hoyte, Prime Minister and President of Guyana
  • 2002: Gabrielle Wittkop, French writer and artist, essayist and journalist
  • 2003: Dave Dudley, American country singer
  • 2003: Doris Shadbolt, Canadian art historian
  • 2003: Hans Koller, Austrian jazz musician and painter
  • 2004: Otto Kretschmer, German lawyer, politician, MP, Minister of State
  • 2006: Galina Ustwolskaja, Russian composer
  • 2006: Manuela Wiesler, Austrian flutist
  • 2007: Julien Gracq, French writer
  • 2008: Lansana Conté, Guinean President
  • 2008: Peter Steiner, German folk actor
  • 2009: Milena Dvorská, Czech actress
  • 2010: Gerhard Schurer, politicians in the GDR

Holidays and observances

  • Religious observances Dwight Lyman Moody, American revivalist ( Protestant)
  • Name Days Jutta, Marian

More entries contains the list of commemorative and action days.

  • Day
  • Day in December