On This Day

What Happened on October 22

Important Events

  • 1633 Battle of Liaoluo Bay: Dutch East India Company defeated by Chinese Ming naval forces in southern Fujian sea
  • 1721 Tsar Peter the Great becomes "All-Russian Imperator"
  • 1879 Thomas Edison perfects carbonized cotton filament light bulb
  • 1884 International Meridian Conference in Washington, D.C. adopts Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) worldwide, creating 24 international time zones with longitude zero at the Greenwich meridian
  • 1907 Panic of 1907: A run on Knickerbocker Trust Company stock leads to US wide run on banks
  • 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis: US President John F. Kennedy addresses TV about Russian missile bases in Cuba and imposes a naval blockade on Cuba, beginning the missile crisis
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Oct 22 in Film & TV

Oct 22 in Music

  • 1883 New York's original Metropolitan Opera House has its grand opening with a performance of the opera "Faust"

Oct 22 in Sport

  • 1978 New York City Marathon: Grete Waitz of Norway wins in her race debut in world record 2:32:30; Bill Rodgers wins his third straight title in 2:12:12

Did You Know?

World's first car dealer opens in London

On October 22, 1897


Would You Believe?

In Paris an express train overruns a buffer stop, crosses more than 30 meters of concourse before plummeting through a window at Gare Montparnasse

On October 22, 1895

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Famous Divorces

  • 2007 Black Crowes frontman Chris Robinson (40) divorces actress Kate Hudson (28) due to irreconcilable differences after nearly six years of marriage
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