Merriam-Webster dictionary defines history as a branch of knowledge that records and explains past events. It’s a chronological record of significant events often including an explanation of their causes. The earliest known use of the word history was in the 14th century.

Today In HistoryThis website utilizes entries from Wikipedia to extract historical events from 3761 BC up to the present. There are currently 105,062 records in our database. The present day Gregorian calendar was adopted to show dates of interest.

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About October 22

October 22, 2016 is the 296th day of the year 2016 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 70 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Saturday.

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Libra is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Opal is the modern birthstone for this month. Jasper is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 98 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On October 22

  • 1575
    Foundation of Aguascalientes.
  • 1707
    Scilly naval disaster: four British Royal Navy ships run aground near the Isles of Scilly because of faulty navigation. Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell and thousands of sailors drown.
  • 1907
    Panic of 1907: A run on the stock of the Knickerbocker Trust Company sets events in motion that will lead to a depression.
  • 1910
    Dr. Crippen is convicted at the Old Bailey of poisoning his wife and is subsequently hanged at Pentonville Prison in London.
  • 1926
    J. Gordon Whitehead sucker punches magician Harry Houdini in the stomach in Montreal.
  • 1941
    World War II: French resistance member Guy Môquet and 29 other hostages are executed by the Germans in retaliation for the death of a German officer.
  • 1943
    World War II: in the Second firestorm raid on Germany, the Royal Air Force conducts an air raid on the town of Kassel, killing 10,000 and rendering 150,000 homeless.
  • 1962
    Cuban Missile Crisis: US President John F. Kennedy, after internal counsel from Dwight D. Eisenhower, announces that American reconnaissance planes have discovered Soviet nuclear weapons in Cuba, and that he has ordered a naval “quarantine” of the Communist nation.
  • 1966
    The Supremes become the first all-female music group to attain a No. 1 selling album (The Supremes A' Go-Go).
  • 1975
    The Soviet unmanned space mission Venera 9 lands on Venus.

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