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What Happened in 1922

Important Events

  • Jan 11 Insulin first used on humans to treat diabetes, on Canadian Leonard Thompson, aged 14
  • Feb 2 James Joyce's "Ulysses" published in Paris (1,000 copies)
  • Feb 21 Britain declares Egypt a sovereign state
  • Mar 18 British magistrates in India sentence Mahatma Gandhi to 6 years imprisonment for disobedience
  • Apr 3 Joseph Stalin is appointed General Secretary of the Russian Communist Party by an ailing Vladimir Lenin
  • Sep 21 US President Warren G. Harding signs a joint resolution of approval to establish a Jewish homeland in Palestine
  • Oct 3 1st facsimile photo sent over city telephone lines, Washington, D.C.
  • Nov 4 Howard Carter discovers tomb of Tutankhamun in Egypt
  • Nov 17 The last sultan of the Ottoman Empire, Mehmed VI, is expelled to Malta on a British warship
  • Nov 26 English archaeologist Howard Carter opens Tutankhamun's virtually intact tomb in Egypt

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1922 in Film & TV

  • Mar 4 1st vampire film Nosferatu premieres at the Berlin Zoological Garden, Germany, an adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula
  • Oct 18 British Broadcasting Company (BBC) founded, later called British Broadcasting Corporation
  • Nov 14 BBC begins daily radio broadcasts from the 2LO transmitter at Marconi House
  • Dec 3 First successful technicolor movie (Tall of the Sea), shown in NYC

1922 in Sport

  • Apr 29 1st official International Weightlifting Federation Champ in Tallinn, Estonia
  • May 29 US Supreme Court rules organized baseball is a sport and not a business and thus not subject to antitrust laws
  • Oct 5 NY Yankees and Giants play out a controversial 3-3 tie in 10 innings in Game 2 of Baseball World Series at Polo Grounds, Manhattan, NY; Giants win series, 4-0-1

Did You Know?

Intergovernmental Conference on Identity Certificates for Russian Refugees, convened by Fridtjof Nansen in Geneva, creates the Nansen passports (for stateless persons)

On July 3, 1922

World Leaders in 1922

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Would You Believe?

The Straw Hat Riot begins in New York City as people protest the right to wear straw hats beyond the accepted end date of September 15

On September 13, 1922

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