12/22/11

Embargo, GOELRO, Richard Reid

On this day: December 22
The Embargo Act, forbidding trade with all foreign countries, is passed by the U.S. Congress, at the urging of President Thomas Jefferson (1807)

The GOELRO economic development plan is adopted by the 8th Congress of Soviets of the Russian SFSR (1920)

Comedian Lenny Bruce is convicted of obscenity (1964)

Berlin's Brandenburg Gate re-opens after nearly 30 years, effectively ending the division of East and West Germany (1989)

Richard Reid attempts to destroy a passenger airliner by igniting explosives hidden in his shoes aboard American Airlines Flight 63 (2001)

President Barack Obama signs the Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act of 2010 before departing D.C. to join his family for an unusually brief 11-day vacation at Plantation Estate in Hawaii (2010)

b: Jack Brooks (1922), Andrew Fastow (1961); d: Chico Mendes (1988)


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