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On This Day in History - 22nd December


1639Jean Racine, French playwright
1768John Crome, English landscape painter
1858Giacomo Puccini, Italian composer; 'La Boheme' & 'Madam butterfly'
1888J.Arthur Rank, Film magnate who built up the 'Rank' film studios
1909Patricia Hayes, Popular English character actress
1936James Burke, British writer & television presenter
1949Robin & Morris Gibb, With brother Barry formed 'The Bee Gees'
1951Duke Of Westminster, Second only to the Queen, as Britains richest landlord


1715The 'Old Pretender', James Stuart, landed at Petershead after being exiled in France
1894French officer, Alfred Dreyfus, was found guilty of selling secrets to Germany
1895Wilhelm Rontgen, the German physicist, made the first ever X-ray of his wife's hand
1943The famous childrens writer, Beatrix Potter, died
1965The much loved British TV commentator, Richard Dimbleby, died
1965The maximum speed limit in Britain was set at 70mph
1982Heavy snow fell across much of Britain, causing chaos with up to 8 inches of snow
1987The renowned golfer, Sir Henry Cotton, died aged 80