On This Day

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

Events in History

  • 1989 US Supreme Court upholds 1 person 1 vote rule of NYC Board of Estimate
  • 1990 Anchorage jury finds Capt Hazelwood not guilty of Valdez oil spill
  • 1991 Law enforcement officers raid fraternities at University of Virginaa, seizing drugs
  • 1991 NY Daily News begins using motto "Forward with NY"
  • 1991 Pamela Smart (HS teacher) found guilty in NH of manipulating her student-lover to kill her husband
  • 1992 US Air NY to Cleveland crashes on take off at LaGuardia, 27 die

InventionHistoric Invention

1993 Intel introduces Pentium-processor (80586) 64 bits-60 MHz-100+ MIPS

Semiconductor Pioneer and CEO of Intel Andrew Grove
Semiconductor Pioneer and CEO of Intel
Andrew Grove
  • 1994 Dutch Ambassador to US christens a new tulip (the Hillary Clinton)
  • 1994 South African government and ANC take power in Ciskei homeland
  • 1994 Soyuz TM-21 lands
  • 1995 Deputy Governor of Bank of England, Rupert Pennant-Rea, resigns following revelations of his affair with a freelance journalist
  • 1996 Cheryl Depew of Florida crowned 13th Miss Hawaiian Tropic International
  • 1996 STS 76 (Atlantis 16), launches into orbit
  • 1997 Comet Hale-Bopp Closest Approach to Earth (1.315 AU)
  • 2004 Ahmed Yassin, co-founder and leader of the Palestinian Sunni Islamist militant group Hamas, and bodyguards killed in the Gaza Strip by Israeli Air Force AH-64 Apache fired Hellfire missiles
  • 2006 ETA, armed Basque separatist group, declares permanent ceasefire

  • 2006 BC Ferries' M/V Queen of the North runs aground on Gil Island British Columbia and sinks; 101 on board, 2 presumed deaths
  • 2006 Three Christian Peacemaker Teams Hostages are freed by British forces in Baghdad after 118 days captivity and the death of their colleague, American Tom Fox
  • 2009 Mount Redoubt, a volcano in Alaska began erupting after a prolonged period of unrest
  • 2010 NASA's rover 'Spirit' gets caught in a sand trap on Mars and ceases communications with Earth [1]
  • 2012 Massive fire devours thousands of hectares of ancient forests and threatens wildlife on Mount Kenya
  • 2012 Australia's most wanted man, Malcolm Naden, is captured after seven years on the run in Gloucester, New South Wales
  • 2012 Largest protest in Quebec's history occurs in Montreal with over 200,000 people marching against government tuition hikes and for free access to post-secondary education
  • 2012 Ireland returns to recession as GDP falls by 0.2% in the fourth quarter of 2011 following a fall of 1.1% in the third quarter
  • 2013 37 people are killed and 200 are injured in a refugee camp fire in Ban Mae, Thailand
  • 2014 251 people are killed after a boat capsizes in Lake Albert, Uganda
  • 2014 43 people are killed by a mudslide in Oso, Washington
  • 2014 Guinea confirms Ebola outbreak has already killed 59 people
  • 2014 The US and EU impose sanctions on Russia
  • 2016 Suicide bombings at Brussel's Zaventem airport and Maelbeek metro station, leave around 28 victims dead and 260 injured, ISIS claim responsibility
  • 2017 Arctic records its lowest ever winter ice cover according to US National Snow and Ice Data Center, 5.5 million square miles
  • 2017 Tomb of Jesus reopens after restoration in Jerusalem
  • 2017 Terrorist attack on London's Westminster Bridge and Houses of Parliament kills 4 including a police officer and injures 40

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2018 US President Donald Trump imposes $60 billion worth of tariffs on Chinese imports

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • 2018 The "Great Pacific Garbage Patch" between Hawaii and California has 1.8 trillion pieces of plastic and increasing rapidly according to new research
  • 2019 "Mind-blowing" discovery announced of 518 million year old fossil site in near Danshui river, Hubei province, China, with thousands of unknown fossils well preserved


2020 India puts 1 billion people under a daytime curfew to curb COVID-19

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Burial of a coronavirus victim in Iran during the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic
Burial of a coronavirus victim in Iran during the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic
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Event of interestEvent of Interest

2020 Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei refuses American COVID-19 help, refers to conspiracy theory that it was manufactured by the US

2nd Supreme Leader of Iran Ali Hosseini Khamenei
2nd Supreme Leader of Iran
Ali Hosseini Khamenei
  • 2021 Sanctions imposed on Chinese officials over rights abuses against Uighurs in China by EU, UK, US and Canada
  • 2021 Evanston, Illinois, votes to become first US city to pay reparations to Black residents for past discriminations and effects of slavery, giving $400,000 to each household
  • 2021 World's largest painting "The Journey of Humanity" by British artist Sacha Jafri sells in Dubai for $62m to raise funds for children's charities

Birthdays in History

  • 1972 Pieter Christiaan, Prince of Netherlands, grandson of Queen Juliana, born in Nijmegen, Netherlands

Deaths in History