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On December 22, 1775, the Congress created the Continental Navy. Among the 1st 5 lieutenants was John Paul Jones.

A new Admiral appointed by General George Washington, JOHN BURROWS HOPKINS of Rhode Island, flew a yellow flag with a coiled snake & the motto “Don’t Tread On Me.”

On December 22, 1864, General William T. Sherman’s troops occupied Savannah, Georgia.  This was one of the last port cities open to the Confederacy.  

Sherman wired President Lincoln the following message:

“I beg to present to you, as a Christmas gift, the city of Savannah with 150 heavy guns and plenty of ammunition and also about 25,000 bales of cotton.”

On December 22, 1968, David Eisenhower, grandson of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, married Julie Nixon, the daughter of former Vice-President Richard M. Nixon.  

Nixon had lost to JFK in 1960 but came back to win the Presidency in November 1968.  

The couple had met at the Republican National Convention of 1956 when they were both 8. 

 They are still married, have 3 children, & live in Pennsylvania.

They have just written a book on General IKE.

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