Date History - On this day in history

Historical events for this day in history

Events on this day - April 22nd

2004 - Two fuel trains collide in Ryongchon, North Korea, killing up to 150 people.

2000 - The Big Number Change takes place in the United Kingdom.

2000 - In a predawn raid, federal agents seize six-year-old Elian Gonzalez from his relatives' home in Miami, Florida.

1997 - Haouch Khemisti massacre in Algeria; 93 villagers killed.

1997 - A 126-day hostage crisis at the residence of the Japanese ambassador in Lima, Peru ends after government commandos storm and capture the building, rescuing 71 hostages. One hostage dies of a heart attack, two soldiers are killed from rebel fir

1996 - Cisco Systems acquires StrataCom for $4B

1993 - The web browser Mosaic version 1.0 is released.

1993 - In Washington, DC, the Holocaust Memorial Museum is dedicated.

1979 - Brent Mydland performs his first show with the Grateful Dead at Spartan Stadium, San Jose, California.

1978 - The Blues Brothers make their first appearance on Saturday Night Live.

1975 - Barbara Walters signs a five-year $5 million contract with the American Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), becoming the highest paid television newsperson.

1972 - Vietnam War: Increased American bombing in Vietnam prompts antiwar protests in New York City, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.

1971 - John Kerry, dressed in combat fatigues, testifies on his views of the Vietnam War before the United States Senate Foreign Relations Committee

1970 - First Earth Day celebrated.

1964 - The 1964-1965 New York World's Fair opens for its first season.

1954 - Red Scare: Army-McCarthy Hearings begin.

1946 - The first installment of the popular Japanese comic strip, Sazae-san, is published in the Fukunichi Shimbun.

1945 - World War II: After learning that Soviet forces have taken Eberswalde without a fight, Adolf Hitler admits defeat in his underground bunker and states that suicide is his only recourse.

1944 - World War II: Operation Persecution initiated ? Allied forces land in the Hollandia area of New Guinea.

1943 - Albert Hofmann writes his first report about the hallucinogenic properties of LSD.

1930 - The United Kingdom, Japan and the United States sign the London Naval Treaty regulating submarine warfare and limiting shipbuilding.

1915 - The use of poison gas in World War I escalates when chlorine gas is released as a chemical weapon in the Second Battle of Ypres.

1914 - Babe Ruth, age 19, pitches his first professional game for the minor league Baltimore Orioles.

1913 - Pravda, the "voice" of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, begins publications in Saint Petersburg.

1898 - Spanish-American War: The United States Navy begins a blockade of Cuban ports and the USS Nashville captures a Spanish merchant ship.

1889 - Oklahoma land rush: President Benjamin Harrison opens the Unassigned Lands in what is now central Oklahoma to white settlement.

1864 - The U.S. Congress passes the Coinage Act which mandates that the inscription "In God We Trust" be placed on all coins minted as United States currency.

1863 - American Civil War: Grierson's Raid begins ? troops under Union Colonel Benjamin Grierson attack central Mississippi.

1836 - Texas Revolution: A day after the Battle of San Jacinto forces under Texas General Sam Houston capture Mexican General Antonio López de Santa Anna.

1529 - Treaty of Saragossa divides the eastern hemisphere between Spain and Portugal along a line 297.5 leagues or 17° east of the Moluccas.

1509 - Henry VIII ascends the throne of England after the death of his father.

1500 - Portuguese navigator Pedro Álvares Cabral becomes the first European to sight Brazil.

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