Wednesday 22 December 2010
It was Wednesday, under the sign of Capricorn. The US president was Barack Obama (Democratic). In that special week of December people in US were listening to Firework by Katy Perry.
TRON: Legacy, directed by Joseph Kosinski, was one of the most viewed movies released in 2010
while Decision Points by George W. Bush was one of the best selling books.
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Which were the important events of 22 December 2010 ?
- R.C. Saints - commemoration of Frances Xavier Cabrini
- Spain: the main draw of Spanish National Lottery, where it is a Christmas tradition.
- Astrology: First day of sun sign Capricorn
- In the Northern Hemisphere, the winter solstice occurs on or very close to this date. In the Southern Hemisphere, the summer solstice occurs around this time.
- Also see December 22 (Eastern Orthodox liturgics)
- Japan - T?ji (winter solstice)
Famous Birthdays:See famous people born on 22 December
- Fred Foy: American radio and television announcer (Born 1921).
- The repeal of the Don't Ask Don't Tell policy, the 17-year-old policy banning on homosexuals serving openly in the United States military, is signed into law by President Barack Obama.
- South Korea announces it is to hold its biggest ever live fire drill near the North Korea border. (BBC)
- A senior Israeli army officer tells the BBC that another Gaza War is ampquota question of when, not ifampquot should Hamas continue to control the Gaza Strip. (BBC)
- The World Bank stops financing Côte d'Ivoire. (Al Jazeera)
- The United States approves more than $4 billion assistance for rescuers and residents whose health was affected after the September 11 attacks in New York City in 2001. (Al Jazeera)
- Ongoing flooding in California kills at least three people. (MSNBC)
- The United States House of Representatives decides not to take up a resolution declaring the mass killings of Armenians early last century a genocide, helping the administration to avoid a diplomatic clash with Turkey. (''The Washington Post'')
- United States diplomatic cables leak: (''The Guardian'': Day 24 Summary)
- New cables show that the British government was involved in the training of the Bangladeshi Rapid Action Battalion, a paramilitary force widely criticised for human rights violations, including torture and over 1,000 extra-judicial killings since its 2004 inception. (Bangladesh News 24 hours)
- Hillary Clinton, U.S. Secretary of State, is documented ordering all U.S. ambassadors to pressure their respective nations' media into not being critical of the U.S. aid program in Haiti, days after the 2010 Haiti earthquake. (''The Guardian'')
- Documents are released outlining pressure the U.S. used in an attempt to stop Italy from indicting the CIA agents who kidnapped Abu Omar in Milan, then flew him to Egypt to be tortured. The documents show Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi to be on the American side and recorded him ampquotventing his rage at his own country's judicial system.ampquot (''Der Spiegel'')
- McDonalds attempted to pressure the U.S. government to stall the implementation of the Dominican Republic – Central America Free Trade Agreement until El Salvador appointed ampquotneutral judgesampquot in a $24million lawsuit against the company in 2006. (''The Guardian'')
- U.S. diplomats applied pressure on Bangladesh to allow the London-based Global Coal Management company to reopen a large open-cast coal mine in the Phulbari area that was closed due to violent protests over foreign ownership of Bangladeshi resources succeeded in closing the mine. (''The Guardian'')
- Newly released cables reveal that New Zealand threatened Fiji's military chief Frank Bainimarama and his wife. (Stuff)
- The Russian government is ampquotforced to take an adequate corresponding measureampquot following Britain's explusion of one of its diplomats. (Al Jazeera)
- Three Tibetan Buddhist monks are unaccounted for after being sentenced to long prison terms by Chinese authorities earlier this year for participating in a peaceful protest march by Drepung monastery monks in 2008. (RFA)
- Julian Assange discusses the time he spent locked up in Wandsworth Prison in an interview with the ''El País'' newspaper. (''El País'')
- The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) launches WikiLeaks Task Force or WTF, a taskforce intended to examine the impact caused by the released cables. (''The Guardian'')
- 7 out of 9 presidential candidates, charged with organizing mass disturbances, may receive 15-year sentences in Belarus, according to human rights groups. (Al Jazeera)
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