Holidays Calendar for December 22, 2016

National Unity Day is a public holiday in Zimbabwe celebrated on December 22. It commemorates the unity accord between the country's two political parties, the Zimbabwe African People's Union (ZAPU) and the Zimbabwe African National Union (ZANU).

The Tenth of Tevet is a minor Jewish fast day that commemorates the siege of Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar II of Babylonia – an event that began on the tenth day of the Hebrew month of Tevet.


Energy Industry Day, also known as Day of Energy Industry Workers or Power Engineer's Day, is a professional holiday celebrated in some post-Soviet states on December 22. It is observed in Russia, Ukraine, Armenia, Belarus, and Kyrgyzstan.

December 22 is Diplomatic Service Day in Ukraine. This holiday was established in 2005 by President Viktor Yushchenko. It is the professional holiday of all Ukrainian diplomats and employees of the country's diplomatic missions, embassies, and consulates.

Every country chooses some certain historical events or birthday anniversaries of prominent educators to time celebration of Teachers' Day to. Cuba became no exception, and here this holiday is annually celebrated on December 22.

People's Army Day, also known as National Defense Day, is a Vietnamese holiday celebrated on December 22. It commemorates the foundation anniversary of the Vietnam People's Army (VPA).

National Mathematics Day in India is celebrated on December 22. It commemorates the birth anniversary of Srinivasa Ramanujan, an Indian mathematician who made significant contributions to several fields of mathematics.

Pancha Ganapati is a modern Hindu festival that lasts for five days, from December 21 to December 25. It honors Ganesha, one of the most worshiped Hindu deities. Ganesha is venerated as the patron of arts and culture.

The National Date Nut Bread Day is a food day celebrated on December 22 or September 8. Date nut bread, also known as date and walnut loaf, is a traditional British cake originating in Scotland. It is a hearty bread which is usually served with no condiments.

Mother's Day is celebrated in almost every country in the world, but its date varies from country to country. For example, Indonesian Mother's Day is celebrated on December 22. It was established by President Sukarno in 1953.

This Day in History

  • 2014 Died: Joe Cocker, English singer and musician. He rose to prominence during the 1960s with his covers of popular songs, particularly those of the Beatles.
  • 2010 President of the USA Barack Obama signed into law the repeal of the Don't ask, don't tell policy, the policy banning homosexuals serving openly in the United States military.
  • 2002 Died: Desmond Hoyte, Guyanese politician, serving as Prime Minister from 1984 to 1985 and as the 3rd President of Guyana from 1985 to 1992.
  • 1997 Hussein Farrah Aidid relinquished the disputed title of President of Somalia by signing the Cairo Declaration. It was the major step toward reconciliation in Somalia since 1991.
  • 1995 Died: Butterfly McQueen, American actress and dancer. She is best known for her debuting role as Prissi in Gone with the Wind.
  • 1995 Died: James Meade, British economist. In 1977 he won the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences for his contribution to the theory of intentional trade and international capital movements.
  • 1992 The human rights activist Dr. Martín Almada and judge José Agustín Fernández accidentally discovered the Archives of Terror in a police station in a suburb of Asunción, the capital of Paraguay. The archives described the fates of thousands of Latin Americans, who were kidnapped, tortured and killed by the security services in Bolivia, Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Chile and Uruguay.
  • 1989 Died: Samuel Beckett, Irish author and poet, regarded as one of the most influential writers of the 20th century. In 1969 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.
  • 1989 Born: Jordin Sparks, American singer, songwriter and actress. Sparks rose to fame as winner of the 6th season of American idol at the age of 17. Her debut album was certified platinum, her single No Air earned her the first Grammy nomination for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals.
  • 1989 The Brandenburg Gate was officially reopened in Berlin after nearly 30 years. This ended the division of East and West Germany.
  • 1972 Born: Vanessa Paradis, French singer, model and actress. She gained worldwide success at the age of 14 with her single "Joe le taxi", since 1991 she's a spokesmodel for Chanel.
  • 1965 A 70 mph speed limit was applied to all rural roads including motorways in the United Kingdom. Prior to that there had been no speed limit.
  • 1963 The cruise ship Lakonia burnt 180 mi (290 km) north of Madeira, Portugal. 128 on board died.
  • 1962 Born: Ralph Fiennes, English actor, best known for his roles in Schindler's List, The English Patient, Strange Days, Red Dragon etc.
  • 1959 Died: Gilda Gray, American actress and dancer. She is credited with popularization of a dance called the shimmy, that was very fashionable in 1920s films and theater productions.
  • 1956 Gorilla Colo was born at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium in Ohio. Colo became the first gorilla to be bred in captivity.
  • 1949 Born: Maurice and Robin Gibb, British musicians, singers and songwriters. The brothers became internationally famous with the pop group Bee Gees.
  • 1943 Died: Beatrix Potter, English author, best known for her children's books featuring the animals. Her best known novel is The Tale of Peter Rabbit.
  • 1940 Died: Nathanael West, American author and screenwriter. He didn't gain recognition during lifetime and his works were publicly acclaimed only in 1957 after publication of his collected novels. Day of the Locust is his best known novel.
  • 1936 Born: Héctor Elizondo, American actor. He rose to fame for his supporting roles in Pretty Woman, American Gigolo, Runaway Bride etc.
  • 1936 Born: James Burke, British author, historian and producer, best known for his documentary TV series Connections and companion series The Day the Universe Changed. He was called by The Washington Post "one of the most intriguing minds in the Western world".
  • 1912 Lady Bird Johnson, American wife of Lyndon B. Johnson. She was First Lady of the United States from 1963 to 1969.
  • 1903 Born: Haldan Keffer Hartline, American physiologist, remembered for his work in analyzing the neurophysiological mechanism of vision. This work brought him the Nobel Prize in 1967.
  • 1891 Asteroid 323 Brucia was discovered. It became the first asteroid discovered using photography.
  • 1867 Died: Théodore Rousseau, French painter. He was the founder of the Barbizon school.
  • 1858 Born: Giacomo Puccini, Italian composer, famous for his operas, that are now among the important operas played as standards.
  • 1856 Born: Frank B. Kellogg, American lawyer and politician. During the service in the U.S. Senate he co-authored the Kellogg-Briand Pact, that eventually brought him the Nobel Peace Prize in 1929.
  • 1808 Ludwig van Beethoven conducted and performed in concert at the Theater ad der Wien, Vienna, with the premier of his Fifth Symphony, Sixth Symphony, Fourth Piano Concerto and Choral Fantasy.
  • 1807 The U.S. Congress passed the Embargo Act, forbidding trade with all foreign countries. The act was passed to force Britain and France to respect American rights during the Napoleonic Wars.
  • 1767 Died: John Newbery, English publisher, regarded to be the Father of Children's Literature. He was the first to make children's literature a sustainable and profitable part of the literary market. The honorary Newbery Medal, awarded for achievements in children's publishing, is named after him.