About October 22

October 22, 2021 is the 295th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 70 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Friday.

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Libra is the sun 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 102 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On October 22

  • 1383
    The 1383-1385 Crisis in Portugal: King Fernando dies without a male heir to the Portuguese throne, sparking a period of civil war and disorder.
  • 1633
    Battle of southern Fujian sea: The Ming dynasty defeats the Dutch East India Company.
  • 1746
    The College of New Jersey (later renamed Princeton University) receives its charter.
  • 1784
    Russia founds a colony on Kodiak Island, Alaska.
  • 1790
    Warriors of the Miami tribe under Chief Little Turtle defeat United States troops under General Josiah Harmar at the site of present-day Fort Wayne, Indiana, in the Northwest Indian War.
  • 1866
    A plebiscite ratifies the annexion of Veneto and Mantua to Italy, occurred three days before, on October 19.
  • 1878
    The first rugby match under floodlights takes place in Salford, between Broughton and Swinton.
  • 1883
    The Metropolitan Opera House in New York City opens with a performance of Gounod’s Faust.
  • 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.
  • 1963
    A BAC One-Eleven prototype airliner crashes in UK with the loss of all on board.
  • 1964
    Canada: A Multi-Party Parliamentary Committee selects the design which becomes the new official Flag of Canada.
  • 1964
    Jean-Paul Sartre is awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, but turns down the honor.
  • 1966
    The Supremes become the first all-female music group to attain a No. 1 selling album (The Supremes A' Go-Go).
  • 1968
    Apollo program: Apollo 7 safely splashes down in the Atlantic Ocean after orbiting the Earth 163 times.
  • 1972
    Vietnam War: In Saigon, Henry Kissinger and South Vietnamese President Nguyen Van Thieu meet to discuss a proposed cease-fire that had been worked out between Americans and North Vietnamese in Paris.
  • 1975
    The Soviet unmanned space mission Venera 9 lands on Venus.
  • 1976
    Red Dye No. 4 is banned by the US Food and Drug Administration after it is discovered that it causes tumors in the bladders of dogs. The dye is still used in Canada.
  • 1999
    Maurice Papon, an official in the Vichy France government during World War II, is jailed for crimes against humanity.
  • 2007
    Raid on Anuradhapura Air Force Base is carried out by 21 Tamil Tiger commandos. All except one died in this attack. Eight Sri Lankan Air Force planes are destroyed and 10 damaged.

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