On This Day for 22nd January

Historical Events

  • 1506 The first contingent of 150 Swiss Guards arrive at the Vatican.
  • 1689 Prince William of Orange (future King William III of Britain), summons Convention Parliament to discuss ruling jointly with his wife Mary (daughter of exiled King James II)
  • 1879 Battle of Rorke's Drift: British garrison of 150 holds off 3,000-4,000 Zulu warriors. Eleven Victoria Crosses and a number of other decorations were awarded to the defenders.
  • 1905 In St Petersburg, Russia, a large demonstration of workers led by Father Gapon, march to the Winter Palace with a petition to the Tsar; troops fire on protesters in what becomes known as 'Bloody Sunday'
  • 1946 US president sets up CIA, Central Intelligence Agency

Did You Know?

World's largest cheese (15,723 kg) manufactured in Wisconsin for New York's World Fair

On January 22nd, 1964

Famous Weddings

  • 1942 Novelist Anthony Burgess (25) weds Llewela Jones
  • 1960 Comedic actor Bob Denver (25) weds Maggie Ryan in California
  • 1985 Zak Starkey (Ringo's son) marries Sarah Menikides
  • 2005 Business magnate and "The Apprentice" host Donald Trump (56) weds former model Melania Knauss (34) at the Bethesda by the Sea Episcopal Church in Palm Beach, Florida
  • 2006 Princess of Rock and Roll Lisa Marie Presley (37) weds American guitarist and producer Michael Lockwood (44) at Kyoto, Japan