22 December It Happened Today
1858 Birth of Italian composer Giacomo Puccini.
1895 Wilhelm Rontgen demonstrates X rays for the first time.
1943 Death of Beatrix Potter, creator of Peter Rabbit and many other children’s book characters.
1949 Birth of Maurice and Robin Gibb of Bee Gees fame.
1961 First US soldier dies in the Vietnam conflict.
1989 Nicolae Ceausescu is overthrown in Romania.