What Happened on June 22

Significant Events

  • 1633 Galileo Galilei forced to recant his Copernican views that the Earth orbits the Sun by the Pope (Vatican only admits it was wrong on Oct 31, 1992!)
  • 1675 Royal Greenwich Observatory established in England by Charles II
  • 1772 Somerset v Stewart court case finds slavery unsupported by English common law, encouraging the abolitionist movement
  • 1848 Beginning of the June Days uprising in Paris by French workers
  • 1865 The CSS Shenandoah fires the last shot of the American Civil War in the Bering Strait to indicate surrender
  • 1941 Germany, Italy and Romania declare war on the Soviet Union
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June 22 in Film & TV

  • 1977 Walt Disney's "Rescuers" released, first Disney film to get a sequel

June 22 in Music

  • 1963 "Little" Stevie Wonder aged 13 releases his first single "Fingertips" (first live non-studio recording to go to No. 1 on Billboard)

June 22 in Sport

  • 1937 Joe Louis KOs James J Braddock in 18 for his first heavyweight boxing title in significant moment in African American sporting history

Did You Know?

John Dillinger is informally named America's first Public Enemy Number One

On June 22, 1934


Would You Believe?

First ring doughnut supposedly created by Hanson Gregory

On June 22, 1847

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