This day in History
Today is Wednesday, 22 April 2015,
296 BC – St Gaius ends his reign as Catholic Pope
536 BC – St Agapitus I ends his reign as Catholic Pope
1056 – Supernova Crab nebula last seen by the naked eye
1370 – Bastille begins being built in Paris
1500 – Portuguese navigator Pedro Alvares Cabral discovered Brazil.
1509 – Henry VIII ascended to the throne of England upon the death of his father Henry VII.
1529 – Spain and Portugal divided the eastern hemisphere in the Treaty of Saragosa.
1745 – The Peace of Fussen was signed, restoring the status quo of Germany.
1792 – U.S. President George Washington proclaimed American neutrality in the war in Europe.
1796 – Napoleon defeats Piedmontese at Battle of Mondovi
1861 – Robert E. Lee was named commander of Virginia forces.
1864 – The U.S. Congress passed legislation that allowed the inscription “In God We Trust” to be included on one-cent and two-cent coins.
1884 – Thomas Stevens starts 1st bike trip around world (2 yrs 9 mos)
1915 – At the Second Battle Ypres the Germans became the first country to use poison gas.
1918 – British naval forces attempted to sink block-ships in the German U-boat bases at the Battle of Zeeburgge.
1930 – The U.S., Britain and Japan signed the London Naval Treaty, which regulated submarine warfare and limited shipbuilding.
1924 – Hague Chambers of Commerce forms
1926 – Persia, Turkey & Afghanistan sign treaties of security
1931 – Egypt signed the treaty of friendship with Iraq.
1944 – During World War II, the Allies launched a major attack against the Japanese in Hollandia, New Guinea.
1944 – Hitler & Mussolini meet at Salzburg
1945 – Concentration Camp at Sachsenhausen liberated
1952 – An atomic test conducted in Nevada was the first nuclear explosion shown on live network television.
1954 – USSR joins UNESCO
1970 – The first “Earth Day” was observed by millions of Americans.
1987 – The American Physical Society said that the “Star Wars” missile system was “highly questionable” and would take ten years to research.
1991 – Earthquake strikes Costa Rica & Panama, kills 95
1992 – 6.0 earthquake in California
1993 – The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum was dedicated in Washington, DC.
1994 – In Denmark the largest lollipop, weighing 3,011 pounds, made
1997 – In Lima, Peru government commandos storm and capture the residence of the Japanese ambassador ending a 126-day hostage crisis. In the rescue 71 hostages were saved. Those killed: one hostage (of a heart attack), two soldiers, and all 14 rebels.
1999 – The Watson Family received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
2002 – Filippino President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo ordered a state of emergency in the city of General Santos in response to a series of bombing attacks the day before. The attacks were blamed on Muslim extremists.