January 22 Events in History - January 22 Birthdays - January 22 Deaths
2015 The European Central Bank will initiate a quantitative easing program that will involve printing euros in order to purchase government-issued debt instruments; the program will enhance existing measures to improve the economy within the eurozone
2014 A rare, blue, 29.6-carat diamond, one of the most exceptional ever mined at the Cullinan mine, is discovered about 25 miles northeast of Pretoria, South Africa
2014 Water vapor on the minor planet Ceres, the largest asteroid and the only dwarf planet in the inner Solar System, is detected by European Space Agency researchers
2013 The latest James Bond film, 'Skyfall', opens in China; fans criticize officials for censoring portions of the movie, which were filmed in Shanghai
2013 Scientist in China discover an ancient human fossil in a cave near Beijing; the 40,000 year-old leg bone shows it was related to the ancestors of present-day Asians and Native Americans
2012 Finland holds the first round of its Presidential election
2012 An EU Accession referendum is taken in Croatia; 66% vote to join the EU, and 33% vote against joining
2011 The Japanese launch the H-II Transfer Vehicle HTV-2 Resupply Craft, in a mission to deliver cargo to the International Space Station
2011 Tunisian Prime Minister Mohammed Ghannouchi announces he will leave politics soon after the Presidential elections are held
2010 Thousands of Venezuelan protesters demonstrate for and against President Hugo Chavez' policies surrounding energy shortages and currency revaluation
2003 The United Nations reported that there is no link between al Queda and Iraq
1998 NHL's Minnesota franchise selects the nickname Wild
1998 Rickey Henderson, rejoins Oakland A's for 4th time
1998 STS-89 (Endeavour 12) launches into orbit
1998 World League of American Football becomes NFL East
1997 Space Shuttle Atlantis Returns to Earth, Successful
1995 Palestinian bomb attack in Beit Lid Israel, 21-22 killed
1995 Pat Bradley wins LPGA HealthSouth Inaugural Golf Tournament
1994 45th NHL All-Star Game: East beat West 9-8 at New York Rangers
1994 5.5 earthquake strikes Sumatra
1994 51st Golden Globes: Schlinder's List, Steven Speilberg
1994 East beats West 9-8 in 45th NHL All Star Game at MSG in New York City
1993 Johan Koss skates world record 5 km in 6:38.77
1992 Sarah Ferguson wears paper bag over her head on airline ride
1992 Space Shuttle STS-42 (Discovery 15) launches into space
1990 17th American Music Award: Milli Vanilli
1990 Wasim Akram scores Test century (123) at Adelaide
1990 Will Clark, NL's MVP signs a $15M 4-year contract with San Francisco Giants
1989 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
1989 Superbowl XXIII: San Francisco 49ers beat Cincinnati Bengals, 20-16 in Miami Superbowl MVP: Jerry Rice, San Francisco, WR
1988 1st-class cricket debut of Brian Lara, Trinidad and Tobago vs. Leeward Is
1988 1st-class cricket debut of Hansie Cronje, OFS vs. Transvaal
1988 Mike Tyson TKOs Larry Holmes in 4 for heavyweight boxing title
1987 "334" club forms as 334 brave Devil fans journey through 20" of snow to attend New Jersey Devils 7-5 victory over Calgary at Meadowlands
1987 Blizzard in New Jersey, as 334 attend Devils-Flame NHL game, New Jersey wins 7-5
1986 Ghorbanifar 1st suggests diversion of cash to contras, says North
1985 -30 degrees F (-34 degrees C), Mountain Lake Bio Station, Virginia (state record)
1985 Cold wave damages 90 percent of Florida's citrus crop
1985 Kelly Hu, 16, of Hawaii, crowned 3rd Miss Teen USA
1985 Zak Starkey (Ringo's son) marries Sarah Menikides
1984 Annette Kennedy of SUNY sets women's basketball record with 70 pts
1984 Hilbert van de Thumb becomes European all-round skates
1984 Superbowl XVIII: Los Angeles Raiders beat Washington Red Skins, 38-9 in Tampa Superbowl MVP: Marcus Allen, Los Angeles Raiders, RB
1983 2nd flight readiness firing of Challenger's main engines; 22 seconds
1983 Houston is 1st NBA team to be held scoreless in an overtime Portland Trail Blazers out score them 17-0 and win 113-96
1982 75% of North America is covered by snow
1981 40th Islander shut-out opponent-3-0 vs Red Wings-Billy Smith 15th
1981 O A "Bum" Phillips becomes head coach of New Orleans Saints
1980 Dissidents Andrei Sacharov and Jelena Bonner banished to Gorki
1980 PGA begins a senior golf tour
1980 West Indies beat England 2-0 to win 1st World Series Cup
1976 Bank robbery in Beirut nets a record $20-50 million
1975 Landsat 2, an Earth Resources Technology Satellite, launched
1973 George Foreman TKOs Joe Frazier in 2 for heavyweight boxing title
1973 Roe vs Wade: U.S. Supreme Court legalizes some abortions
1973 US, North and South Vietnam and Vietcong sign boundary accord
1972 "Emergency" with Robert Fuller premieres on NBC TV
1972 22nd NBA All-Star Game: West beats East 112-110 at LA
1971 John and Yoko record "Power to the People"
1970 1st commercial Boeing 747 flight, New York to London in 6 hours
1970 Test debut of Barry Richards, South Africa vs. Australia, Cape Town
1969 "Celebration" opens at Ambassador Theater New York City for 110 performances
1969 Billy Preston becomes 5th Beatle
1969 Orbiting Solar Observatory 5 launched into earth orbit
1969 Roy Campanella and Stan Musial elected to baseball Hall of Fame
1968 "Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In" premieres on NBC
1968 Apollo 5 launched to Moon; unmanned lunar module tests made
1968 NBA announces it will expand to Milwaukee and Phoenix
1967 NFL Pro Bowl: East beats West 20-10
1965 U.S. launches TIROS 9 weather satellite
1964 Kenneth Kaunda becomes premier of North-Rhodesia (Zambia)
1964 World's largest cheese (15,723 kg) manufactured, Wisconsin
1963 Ruth Jessen wins LPGA Naples Professional Golf Tournament
1960 10th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 125-115 at Philadelphia
1960 Coal mine of Johnburg caves-in, 417 die
1960 French president De Gaulle escape attempt by general Massu
1960 Paul Pender beats Sugar Ray Robinson for middleweight boxing title
1959 USAF concludes less than 1% of UFO's are unknown objects
1958 KRSD (now KEVN) TV channel 7 in Rapid City, SD (ABC) 1st broadcast
1957 Israeli forces withdraw from Sinai Peninsula
1957 Mad Bomber (George P. Metesky) accused of 30 explosions, arrested
1956 30 die in a train crash in Los Angeles
1956 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Tampa Golf Open
1956 Canadian Football Council forms
1955 Norwegian government of Einar Gerhardsen forms
1953 Arthur Miller's "Crucible," premieres in New York City
1951 Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to Johncrowe Ransom
1951 Fidel Castro ejected from a Winter League game after beaning batter
1950 Polly Riley wins LPGA Tampa Golf Open
1949 "All for Love" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater New York City for 121 performances
1949 Chinatown telephone exchange closed
1948 Jim Laker takes 7-103 in his 1st Test Cricket innings vs. WI Barbados
1947 1st commercial TV station west of Mississippi opens, Hollywood CA
1947 KTLA TV channel 5 in Los Angeles, California (IND) begins broadcasting
1946 U.S. president sets up CIA, Central Intelligence Agency
1945 Burma highway reopens
1945 Heavy U.S. air raid on Okinawa
1944 During World War II, Allied forces begin landing at Anzio Italy
1943 66.3 cm precipitation at Hoegees Camp, California (state record)
1943 Battle of Anzio: Italy; Allies stopped on beach
1943 Joint Chiefs of Staff determine invasion in Sicily for July 10th
1943 Temperature rises 49 degrees F (9 degrees C) in 2 minutes in Spearfish, SD
1942 Japanese air raid on Rabaul, New Britain
1942 Sietze de Groot wins 8th Dutch 11 city skate (8:44:06)
1941 1st mass killing of Jews in Romania
1941 British/Australian troops capture Tobruk from Italians
1940 1st radio broadcast of "Road to Happiness" on CBS
1939 Aquatic Park, near Fisherman's Wharf, SF, is dedicated
1939 Uranium atom 1st split, Columbia University
1938 "Our Town," Thornton Wilder's Pulitzer-winner of small-town life in Grover's Corners, New Hampshire, premieres
1936 French Laval government falls
1934 Dmitri Sjostakovitsj' opera "Lady MacBeth," premieres in Leningrad
1932 British Anglicans and Old-Catholic church merge
1931 French government of Steeg falls
1931 VARA begins experimental TV broadcast in Diamantbeurs Amsterdam
1930 -35 degrees F (-37 degrees C), Mount Carroll, Illinois (state record)
1926 Belgian chief of staff General Maglinse quits
1925 Albania Republic proclaimed under President Achmed Zogu
1924 Baldwin government resigns in England
1924 Dutch Blast Furnace and Steel Factory opens
1924 KGO-AM in San Francisco, California begins radio transmissions
1918 Ukraine proclaimed a free republic
1914 Paul Claudel's "L'echange," premieres in Paris
1910 Opera "Germania," premieres in New York City
1909 Vassily Kandinsky forms Kunstlerverein in Munich
1905 Bloody Sunday: Russian demonstrators fired on by tsarist troops
1901 After 63 years England stops sale of Queen Victoria postage stamps series and begins King Edward VII series
1895 National Association of Manufacturers organized in Cincinnati
1890 Jose Marti forms La Liga (Union of Cuban exiles) in New York City
1883 England complete 1st innings victory in Tests vs. Australia MCG
1881 Ancient Egyptian obelisk "Cleopatra's Needle" erected in Central Park
1879 Zulus attack British Army camp in Isandhlwana South Africa
1879 James Shields (D) elected U.S. senator from Missouri after previously serving as U.S. senator from Illinois and Minnesota
1873 Britains SS Northfleet sinks at Dungeness England, 300 die
1863 Union General Burnside's "Mud March"
1862 Confederate government raises premium for volunteers from $10 to $20
1859 Brahms' 1st piano concerto (in D minor) premieres, Hanover
1857 National Association of Baseball Players founded, New York
1850 Alta California becomes a daily paper, 1st such in Calif
1837 Earthquake in southern Syria kills thousands
1831 Charles Darwin takes his Bachelors of Art exam
1817 English freighter Diana sinks off Malaysia
1816 Lord Byron completes "Parisina" and "Siege of Corinth"
1814 1st Knights Templar grand encampment in U.S. held, New York City
1813 Americans capture Frenchtown, Canada
1798 Coup of Midderigh
1775 Marshal Oscar von Lubomirski expels Jews from Warsaw Poland
1771 Spain cedes Falkland Islands to Britain
1760 Battle at Wandewash India: British troops beat French
1758 Russian troops occupy Konigsberg, East Prussia
1690 Iroquois tribes renew allegiance to British against French
1689 Lord Halifax becomes Speaker of English House of Lords
1689 Prince Willem III calls English parliament together
1673 Postal service between New York and Boston inaugurated
1588 Pope Sixtus V decrees "Immense aeterni" (Reformed curia)
1584 Parts of Switzerland adopt Gregorian calendar (& parts in 1812)
1575 English queen Elizabeth I grants Thomas Tallis and William Byrd music press monopoly
1528 England and France declare war on Emperor Charles V
1517 Turks conquer Cairo
1510 Jews are expelled from Colmar Germany
1371 King Robert II Stuart of Scotland crowned
871 Battle at Basing: Danish invasion army beats Ethelred of Wessex