December 22 in history: Sunil Gavaskar became Mumbai Sheriff in 1994

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Bengaluru, Dec 22: Today is Monday, December 22, 2014. What happened on this day in history? Oneindia takes a look at the past:

1135: Stephen of Blois became the king of England.

1807: The Congress passes the Embargo Act, halting all trading. It was hoped that the act would keep the United States out the European Wars.

1887: Renowned mathematician Srinivas Ramanujam was born in Erode in Tamil Nadu.

srinivas-ramanujam

1894: French army officer Alfred Dreyfus was convicted of treason.

1929: Soviet troops pull out of Manchuria after a truce is reached with the Chinese over the Eastern Railway dispute.

1945: The US recognised Josip Broz Tito's government in Yugoslavia.

1966: The US announced allocation of 9,00,000 tons of grain to fight the famine in India.

1977: Assamese poet Nanibala Devi passed away.

1989: Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu was overthrown after 42 years of rule.

The division of East and West Germany effectively ended after the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin was reopened for the first time in nearly three decades.

1994: Former cricketer Sunil Gavaskar became the Sheriff of Mumbai.

Sunil Gavaskar

1995: A Russian AN-26 plane was forced to land in Bombay following an Intelligence Bureau tip off that it could be behind arms-dropping in Purulia.

2000: Suicide attack by Lakshar-e-Taiba terrorists at the Red Fort in Delhi, 3 jawans killed.

2001: Hamid Karzai was sworn in as president of Afghanistan.

2010: US President Obama officially repealed the 17-year-old-policy of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" military policy. Under the new law repealing the policy, homosexuals are allowed to serve openly in the US military.

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