On ths day in history 22 December
1996: St Louis Blues’ right wing Brett Hull scores his 26th NHL career hat trick to reach 500 career goals in a 7-4 win over the LA Kings.
1997: MTV removes music video for Prodigy's song "Smack My Bitch Up" from broadcast rotation.
1997: Nancy Kerrigan & Tonya Harding pre-record a show to air on FOX on Feb 5.
1997: Scotty Bowman's Red Wings beat the Boston Bruins, 4-2 giving him 200 wins with Detroit, and making him the first NHL.
1998: Ballon d'Or: Juventus' French midfielder Zinedine Zidane is named best football player in Europe ahead of Real Madrid striker.
2001: Burhanuddin Rabbani, political leader of the Afghan Northern Alliance.
2003: The New York Knicks hire Isiah Thomas as President of Basketball Operations.
2010: Repeal of the "Don't Ask Don't Tell policy", a 17-year-old policy banning homosexuals serving openly in the US military.
2018: Tsunami hits Indonesia's Sunda Strait killing over 400 after part of the Anak Krakatoa volcano slips into the sea.
2020: Argentine soccer superstar Lionel Messi scores his 644th goal for FC Barcelona during 3-0 win.