On This Day (1)
December 22nd 968AD
The first mention of the solar corona being seen during the eclipse of the Sun on December 22 968 by the Byzantine historian Leo Diaconus from Constantinople (now Istanbul).
On This Day (2)
December 22nd 1870
The French astronomer Pierre Janseen used a hot air balloon to escape from France during the Franco Prussian war to fly to Algeria to see the eclipse of the Sun, sadly it was cloudy!