On This Day

What Happened on March 22

Important 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

Would you believe this fact about today?Would You Believe?

Niagera Falls runs out of water because of a drought

On March 22, 1903

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/dancer Sarah Brightman (23) in Hampshire, England
  • 1992 Record producer Lou Adler weds Paige Hannah (Daryl's sister)

Famous Divorces

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