On This Day

On This Day in History for January 22 (Part 2)

Events in History

  • 1989 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1990 Wasim Akram scores Test century (123) at Adelaide
  • 1990 Robert Tappan Morris, Jr. is convicted of releasing the 1988 Internet worm.

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1990 President Mikhail Gorbachev sends Red Troops into the Soviet republic of Azerbaijan

Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev
Soviet General Secretary
Mikhail Gorbachev

KuwaitKuwaiti Oil Fires

1991 Kuwaiti oil facilities are destroyed by Iraqi forces

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Set alight by retreating Iraqi troops, Kuwaiti oil fires burnt long after the Gulf War finished
Set alight by retreating Iraqi troops, Kuwaiti oil fires burnt long after the Gulf War finished
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  • 1991 Cholera epidemic begins in Peru with first known sufferer, 300,000 people infected over the next 12 months
  • 1992 Sarah, Duchess of York (aka Fergie) wears paper bag over her head on airline ride
  • 1992 Space Shuttle STS-42 (Discovery 15) launches into space
  • 1992 Rebel forces occupy Zaire's national radio station in Kinshasa and broadcast a demand for the government's resignation.
  • 1993 Johan Koss skates world record 5 km in 6:38.77
  • 1994 5.5 magnitude earthquake strikes Sumatra
  • 1995 Palestinian bomb attack in Beit Lid Israel, 21-22 killed
  • 1997 Space shuttle Atlantis successfully returns to Earth
  • 1998 STS 89 (Endeavour 12) launches into orbit
  • 1999 Australian missionary Graham Staines and his two sons are burned alive by radical Hindus while sleeping in their car in Eastern India
  • 2001 The British government launches pro-vaccine campaign
  • 2002 Kmart Corp becomes the largest retailer in United States history to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection
  • 2003 Last successful contact with NASA spacecraft Pioneer 10, one of the most distant man-made objects

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2006 Evo Morales is inaugurated as President of Bolivia, becoming the country's first indigenous president

1st Indigenous President of Bolivia Evo Morales
1st Indigenous President of Bolivia
Evo Morales
  • 2007 The jury portion of the trial against Robert Pickton, accused of being Canada's worst serial killer, opens in New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada.
  • 2013 A series of Baghdad car bombings kill 17 people
  • 2013 The Bank of Japan doubles its inflation target to 2% and announces open-ended asset purchases for 2014 in the hope of ending deflation
  • 2014 Water vapour is detected on the dwarf planet Ceres
  • 2016 Winter storm conditions strand 500 motorists for 24 hours in Somerset and Bedford counties, about 80 miles southeast of Pittsburgh, on the Pennsylvania Turnpike
  • 2017 Chile declares a State of Emergency and requests international assistance as wildfires rage out of control

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2017 Jared Kushner is sworn in as Senior Advisor to US President, Donald Trump

Son-in-law and Adviser to Donald Trump Jared Kushner
Son-in-law and Adviser to Donald Trump
Jared Kushner
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • 2018 US government ends three-day shutdown after an agreement in Congress to extend funding
  • 2021 Lloyd Austin confirmed as defense secretary by the US Senate, and the first black head of the Pentagon

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