1. On December 22, 1899, Congress passed the Organic Act, establishing a government for the newly-created Territory of Hawaii.
2. On December 22, 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9022, authorizing the relocation and internment of Japanese Americans living on the West Coast during World War II. This order was later overturned and apologized for by President Ronald Reagan.
3. On December 22, 1954, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals ruled that racial segregation in public schools was unconstitutional, two years before the landmark Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education.
4. On December 22, 2010, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act, allowing openly gay and lesbian individuals to serve in the military. The Senate had approved the measure earlier in the month, and President Barack Obama signed it into law on December 22.
5. On December 22, 2018, the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture reopened after a noose was found in an exhibit area earlier in the week. The investigation into the incident is ongoing.
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