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December 22nd and 23rd: Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act, the End of the Battle of Wake Island and Other Events of the Dates
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December 22nd and 23rd: Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act, the End of the Battle of Wake Island and Other Events of the Dates


A number of interesting events have taken place on December 22nd and 23rd in U.S. history. Here is our take on the most interesting and valuable of them.

December 22, 2010 – Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Act is signed into law by Obama

The Obama Administration, which probably was one of the worst and most ineffective of all Administrations in U.S. political history, signed and implemented many controversial acts. The acts signed by that Administration were influenced by the paradigm of a radical liberal agenda and aimed to do everything to break all the possible rules of the game of American society.

One of these resonant decisions was the repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” principle for the military that allowed members of LGBT-community to serve. It basically ended the policy in place since 1993 that allowed them to serve only if they kept their sexual orientation secret and the military did not learn of their sexual orientation. Who knows who actually lobbied for this act, but we bet conservatives didn’t like it and didn’t support it very much. And, indeed the vast majority of Republicans never supported it, as opposed to the Democrats who did.

The text of the Act signed by Barack Obama 8 years ago stated: “…provided for repeal of the current Department of Defense (DOD) policy concerning homosexuality in the Armed Forces, to be effective 60 days after the Secretary of Defense has received DOD's comprehensive review on the implementation of such repeal, and the President, Secretary, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) certify to the congressional defense committees that they have considered the report and proposed plan of action, that DOD has prepared the necessary policies and regulations to exercise the discretion provided by such repeal, and that implementation of such policies and regulations is consistent with the standards of military readiness and effectiveness, unit cohesion, and military recruiting and retention…”

What a victory that was for the crooked liberals. What a tragedy that was for everybody who still thinks that having a normal family, kids and a job – is something the a true man should try to achieve in his life.

December 23, 1913 – The Federal Reserve Act is signed into law by Woodrow Wilson

The end of December (and just a few days before Christmas) was thought to be a great time for law implementation by many American presidents, and Woodrow Wilson wasn’t an exception to this rule.  105 years ago on this date he signed into law a very important act, the Federal Reserve Act.

This was one of the most important economic acts ever signed, since the Federal Reserve Act created a system of private and public entities. There were to be at least eight and no more than twelve private regional Federal Reserve banks. Twelve were established, and each had various branches, a board of directors, and district boundaries. The Federal Reserve Board, consisting of seven members, was created as the governing body of the Fed. Each member is appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate. In 1935, the Board was renamed and restructured.

A 12-member Federal Advisory Committee was also created by this act as a part of the Federal Reserve System, as well there a single new United States currency was implemented: the Federal Reserve Note. The Federal Reserve Act created a national currency and a monetary system that could respond effectively to the stresses in the banking system and create a stable financial system. At least, this is what it was meant to do

December 23, 1941 – Second World War: Pacific Theater: The End of the Battle of Wake Island

The Battle of Wake Island started almost simultaneously with the brutal Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor as we’ve already remembered this month. And the early stage of the war was quite difficult for the U.S., as Japan was much better prepared for it and its fleet was mobilized to a greater extent. Thus, the result of the Battle of Wake Island was known days before December 23rd, when U.S. forces there surrendered.

The battle was fought on and around the atoll formed by Wake Island and its minor islets of Peale and Wilkes Islands by the air, land, and naval forces of the Japanese Empire against those of the United States, with Marines playing a prominent role on both sides. Despite the losses being relatively light, as the Americans lost just about 52 soldiers and sailors killed, 49 wounded and 433 captured by the Japanese forces, the strategic importance of this loss was huge, as the island was located right in the middle of the Pacific. 

After the battle was lost by the Americans the island was held by the Japanese for the duration of the Pacific War theater of World War II; the remaining Japanese garrison on the island surrendered to a detachment of United States Marines only on 4 September 1945, after the earlier Japanese surrender on the battleship U.S.S. Missouri in Tokyo Bay to General Douglas MacArthur.

Author: USA Really