What Happened on March 22

Historical Events

  • 1622 First American Indian (Powhatan) massacre of Europeans in Jamestown Virginia, 347 killed
  • 1765 Stamp Act passed; 1st direct British tax on American colonists, organized by Prime Minister George Grenville
  • 1784 The Emerald Buddha is moved with great ceremony to its current place in Wat Phra Kaew, Thailand
  • 1832 British Parliament, led by Charles Grey, passes the Reform Act, introducing wide-ranging changes to electoral system of England and Wales, increasing electorate from about 500,000 voters to 813,000
  • 1954 Northland Center, the world's largest shopping mall at the time, opens in Oakpark, Michigan
  • 1965 US confirms its troops used chemical warfare against the Vietcong
  • 2018 US President Donald Trump imposes $60 billion worth of tariffs on Chinese imports
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Mar 22 in Film & TV

  • 1895 Auguste & Louis Lumiere show their 1st movie to an invited audience

Mar 22 in Music

  • 1963 The Beatles release their 1st album, "Please Please Me"

Mar 22 in Sport

  • 1896 Charilaos Vasilakos of Greece wins 1st modern marathon in 3:18 at the Panhellenic Games

Did You Know?

In Eisenstadt v. Baird the US Supreme Court rules unmarried people have same right to contraception as married people.

On March 22, 1972

Famous Weddings

  • 1916 British author of "The Lord of the Rings", J.R.R. Tolkien marries Edith Mary Bratt at St. Mary Immaculate Roman Catholic Church, Warwick
  • 1984 Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber (36) weds singer and dancer Sarah Brightman (23) in Hampshire, England
  • 1992 American record producer Lou Adler (58) weds American actress Page Hannah (27) (Daryl's sister)

Famous Divorces

  • 1948 American musician Nat King Cole (29) divorces dancer Nadine Robinson after 11 years of marriage

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