(Saturday, December 22, 1984) — “Like a Virgin” by Madonna peaked at #1 on today’s Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for six consecutive weeks (Dec. 22/29, Jan. 5/12/19/26, 1985). It was Madonna’s first and biggest of 12 number one hits on the chart (1984-2000).
Video: 'News 4 New York (WNBC-TV) December 22, 1984 Subway Vigilante Bernhard Goetz'
(Saturday, December 22, 1984, at about 1:30 p.m. EST) — New York City resident Bernhard Goetz, 37, shot four black youths aboard a Manhattan subway today after the young men attempted to rob him. As a result of his actions, Goetz soon became known as the “Subway Vigilante.”
Video: 'Alfred Dreyfus Documentary | Full video |' (Dec. 22, 1894, at 8:55)
(Saturday, December 22, 1894; during the Dreyfus Affair) — French army officer Alfred Dreyfus was convicted of treason today in a court-martial that triggered worldwide charges of Antisemitism (Dreyfus was eventually vindicated).
Video: 'The Conquerors - Episode 8: Sherman's March to the Sea (History Documentary)' (Dec. 22, 1864, at 22:13)
(Thursday, December 22, 1864; during the American Civil War) — One day after capturing Savannah, Georgia, and concluding his March to the Sea, Union Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman said today in a message to President Abraham Lincoln: “I beg to present you as a Christmas-gift the city of Savannah.”
Video: 'WW2: The Battle of the Bulge' (Dec. 22, 1944, at 29:02)
(Friday, December 22, 1944, 11:30 a.m. local time; during the Battle of the Bulge on the Western Front of World War II) — U.S. Brig. Gen. Anthony C. McAuliffe today rejected a German demand for surrender, writing “Nuts!” in his official reply. Continue reading NUTS! McAuliffe replies to German demand for surrender 70 years ago this hour (Dec 22 1944)