Three things from history on this day, Dec. 22:

*In 1807 Congress passed the Embargo Act, which halted all trading completely. It was hoped that the act would keep the United States out of the European Wars.

*In 1944 During the Battle of the Bulge, General Anthony McAuliffe responds to a German surrender request with a one word answer: “Nuts!”

*In 2010 President Barack Obama signs a law officially repealing the 17-year-old policy known as “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”; the new law permits homosexuals to serve openly in the U.S. military.

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