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What happened on March 22? There are more than 247 events that were made this day in history. Here are the important historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

Interesting Facts & Myths About March 22

March 22 is the 81st day of the year 2019. There are 284 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Friday. This day falls under the 12th week of the year 2019.

On this day in Rockingham, North Carolina 28379 sunrise will occur at 12:19 PM and sunset will occur at 12:32 AM (local time).

The zodiac sign of a person born on this day is Aries. The modern birthstone for this month is Aquamarine while the mystical birthstone is Jade.

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Historical Events For March 22

  • 238
    Gordian I and his son Gordian II are proclaimed Roman Emperors.
  • 1621
    The Pilgrims of Plymouth Colony sign a peace treaty with Massasoit of the Wampanoags.
  • 1622
    Jamestown massacre: Algonquian Indians kill 347 English settlers around Jamestown, Virginia, a third of the colony’s population.
  • 1630
    The Massachusetts Bay Colony outlaws the possession of cards, dice, and gaming tables.
  • 1638
    Anne Hutchinson is expelled from Massachusetts Bay Colony for religious dissent.
  • 1739
    Nadir Shah occupies Delhi in India and sacks the city, stealing the jewels of the Peacock Throne.
  • 1765
    The British Parliament passes the Stamp Act that introduces a tax to be levied directly on its American colonies.
  • 1784
    The Emerald Buddha is moved with great ceremony to its current location in Wat Phra Kaew, Thailand.
  • 1809
    Charles XIII succeeds Gustav IV Adolf to the Swedish throne.
  • 1829
    The three protecting powers (United Kingdom, France and Russia) establish the borders of Greece.
  • 1849
    The Austrians defeat the Piedmontese at the Battle of Novara.
  • 1871
    In North Carolina, William Woods Holden becomes the first governor of a U.S. state to be removed from office by impeachment.
  • 1873
    A law is approved by the Spanish National Assembly in Puerto Rico to abolish slavery.
  • 1888
    In England, The Football League, the world’s oldest professional Association Football league, is founded.
  • 1894
    The first playoff game for the Stanley Cup starts.
  • 1906
    First Anglo-French rugby union match at Parc des Princes in Paris
  • 1916
    The last Emperor of China, Yuan Shikai, abdicates the throne and the Republic of China is restored.
  • 1920
    Azeri and Turkish army soldiers with participation of Kurdish gangs attacked the Armenian inhabitants of Shushi (Nagorno Karabakh).
  • 1923
    The first radio broadcast of ice hockey is made by Foster Hewitt.
  • 1939
    World War II: Germany takes Memel from Lithuania.
  • 1942
    World War II: In the Mediterranean Sea, the Royal Navy confronts Italy’s Regia Marina in the Second Battle of Sirte.
  • 1943
    World War II: the entire population of Khatyn in Belarus is burnt alive by German occupation forces.
  • 1945
    The Arab League is founded when a charter is adopted in Cairo, Egypt.
  • 1954
    Closed since 1939, the London bullion market reopens.
  • 1960
    Arthur Leonard Schawlow and Charles Hard Townes receive the first patent for a laser
  • 1972
    The United States Congress sends the Equal Rights Amendment to the states for ratification.
  • 1975
    A fire at the Browns Ferry Nuclear Power Plant in Decatur, Alabama causes a dangerous reduction in cooling water levels.
  • 1978
    Karl Wallenda of The Flying Wallendas dies after falling off a tight-rope between two hotels in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
  • 1982
    NASA’s Space Shuttle Columbia, is launched from the Kennedy Space Center on its third mission, STS-3.
  • 1984
    Teachers at the McMartin preschool in Manhattan Beach, California are charged with satanic ritual abuse of the children in the school. The charges are later dropped as completely unfounded.
  • 1989
    Clint Malarchuk of the Buffalo Sabres suffers a near-fatal injury when another player accidentally slits his throat.
  • 1992
    USAir Flight 405 crashes shortly after liftoff from New York City’s LaGuardia Airport, leading to a number of studies into the effect that ice has on aircraft.
  • 1993
    The Intel Corporation ships the first Pentium chips (80586), featuring a 60 MHz clock speed, 100+ MIPS, and a 64 bit data path.
  • 1995
    Cosmonaut Valeriy Polyakov returns to earth after setting a record of 438 days in space.
  • 1997
    Tara Lipinski, age 14 years and 10 months, becomes the youngest champion women’s World Figure Skating Champion.
  • 1997
    The Comet Hale-Bopp has its closest approach to Earth.
  • 2004
    Ahmed Yassin, co-founder and leader of the Palestinian Sunni Islamist group Hamas, two bodyguards, and nine civilian bystanders are killed in the Gaza Strip when hit by Israeli Air Force AH-64 Apache fired Hellfire missiles.
  • 2006
    ETA, the armed Basque separatist group, declares a permanent ceasefire.
  • 2006
    Three Christian Peacemaker Team hostages are freed by British forces in Baghdad after 118 days of captivity and the death of their colleague, American Tom Fox.
  • 2009
    Mount Redoubt, a volcano in Alaska begins erupting after a prolonged period of unrest.

Who Were Born On March 22?

  • 841
    Bernard Plantapilosa, Count of Auvergne (d. 885)
  • 875
    William I, Duke of Aquitaine (d. 918)
  • 1212
    Emperor Go-Horikawa of Japan (d. 1235)
  • 1366
    Thomas de Mowbray, 1st Duke of Norfolk, English politician (d. 1399)
  • 1459
    Maximilian I, Holy Roman Emperor (d. 1519)
  • 1503
    Antonio Francesco Grazzini, Italian writer (d. 1583)
  • 1599
    Anthony van Dyck, Flemish painter (d. 1641)
  • 1609
    King John II Casimir of Poland (d. 1672)
  • 1663
    August Hermann Francke, German Protestant minister (d. 1727)
  • 1712
    Edward Moore, English writer (d. 1757)
  • 1720
    Nicolas-Henri Jardin, French architect (d. 1799)
  • 1723
    Charles Carroll, American statesman (d. 1783)
  • 1759
    Hedvig Elisabeth Charlotte of Holstein-Gottorp, Queen of Sweden and Norway (d. 1818)
  • 1797
    William I, German Emperor (d. 1888)
  • 1808
    David Swinson Maynard, American frontiersman and physician (d. 1873)
  • 1812
    Stephen Pearl Andrews, American abolitionist (d. 1886)
  • 1817
    Braxton Bragg, American Confederate general (d. 1876)
  • 1818
    John Ainsworth Horrocks, English explorer of South Australia (d. 1846)
  • 1846
    Randolph Caldecott, British artist and illustrator
  • 1852
    Otakar Ševčík, Czech violinist and violin teacher (d. 1934)
  • 1857
    Paul Doumer, French President (d. 1932)
  • 1860
    Alfred Ploetz, German physician (d. 1940)
  • 1866
    Jack Boyle, American baseball player (d. 1913)
  • 1868
    Robert Millikan, American physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1953)
  • 1869
    Emilio Aguinaldo, Filipino statesman (d. 1964)
  • 1878
    Michel Théato, Luxembourgian athlete (d. 1919)
  • 1880
    Ernie Quigley, Canadian-born American sports official (d. 1960)
  • 1885
    Aryeh Levin, Lithuanian rabbi (d. 1969)
  • 1887
    Chico Marx, American comedian and actor (d. 1961)
  • 1896
    He Long, Chinese marshal (d. 1969)
  • 1901
    Greta Kempton, American artist (d. 1991)
  • 1902
    Madeleine Milhaud, French actress (d. 2008)
  • 1903
    Bill Holman, American cartoonist (Smokey Stover) (d. 1987)
  • 1907
    James Gavin, American general and ambassador (d. 1990)
  • 1907
    Lúcia Santos, Portuguese nun and mystic (d. 2005)
  • 1908
    Jack Crawford, Australian tennis player (d. 1991)
  • 1908
    Louis L'Amour, American author (d. 1988)
  • 1909
    Gabrielle Roy, Canadian author (d. 1983)
  • 1910
    Nicholas Monsarrat, British novelist (d. 1979)
  • 1912
    Karl Malden, American actor (d. 2009)
  • 1912
    Wilfrid Brambell, Irish actor (d. 1985)
  • 1913
    Lew Wasserman, American film studio executive (d. 2002)
  • 1913
    Sabiha Gökçen, Turkish combat pilot (d. 2001)
  • 1913
    Tom McCall, Governor of Oregon (d. 1983)
  • 1915
    Georgiy Zhzhonov, Russian actor and writer (d. 2005)
  • 1917
    Irving Kaplansky, American mathematician (d. 2006)
  • 1917
    Virginia Grey, American actress (d. 2004)
  • 1918
    Cheddi Jagan, Guyanan politician (d. 1997)
  • 1920
    Ross Martin, Polish-American actor (d. 1981)
  • 1920
    Werner Klemperer, German-born actor (d. 2000)
  • 1921
    Nino Manfredi, Italian actor (d. 2004)
  • 1923
    Marcel Marceau, French mime artist (d. 2007)
  • 1924
    Allen Neuharth, American businessman
  • 1924
    Bill Wendell, American television announcer (d. 1999)
  • 1928
    Carrie Donovan, American fashion editor (d. 2001)
  • 1928
    E.D. Hirsch. American social commentator
  • 1928
    Ed Macauley, American basketball player
  • 1929
    Yayoi Kusama, Japanese artist
  • 1930
    Derek Bok, American lawyer and educator
  • 1930
    Pat Robertson, American televangelist
  • 1930
    Stephen Sondheim, American composer and lyricist
  • 1931
    Burton Richter, American physicist, Nobel laureate
  • 1931
    William Shatner, Canadian actor
  • 1932
    Larry Evans, American chess grandmaster and journalist (d. 2010)
  • 1933
    Abolhassan Banisadr, Iranian politician
  • 1933
    May Britt, Swedish actress
  • 1934
    Larry Martyn, English comedy actor (d. 1994)
  • 1934
    Orrin Hatch, American politician
  • 1935
    M. Emmet Walsh, American actor
  • 1936
    Roger Whittaker, British singer
  • 1936
    Ron Carey, American labor leader
  • 1937
    Angelo Badalamenti, American composer
  • 1937
    Armin Hary, German athlete
  • 1937
    Frank Pulli, American Major League Umpire
  • 1940
    Dave Keon, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1940
    Haing S. Ngor, Cambodian/American actor (d. 1996)
  • 1941
    Billy Collins, American poet
  • 1941
    Bruno Ganz, Swiss actor
  • 1941
    Cassam Uteem, Mauritian political figure
  • 1941
    Jeremy Clyde, British actor and musician (Chad and Jeremy)
  • 1942
    Bernd Herzsprung, German actor
  • 1942
    Dick Pound, Canadian amateur sports executive
  • 1942
    Jorge Ben Jor, Brazilian musician
  • 1943
    George Benson, American musician
  • 1943
    Keith Relf, English musician (The Yardbirds) (d. 1976)
  • 1945
    Eric Roth, American screenwriter
  • 1946
    Don Chaney, American basketball player and head coach
  • 1946
    Rivka Golani, Israeli violist
  • 1946
    Rudy Rucker, American author
  • 1947
    James Patterson, American author
  • 1948
    Andrew Lloyd Webber, English theatre composer
  • 1948
    Wolf Blitzer, American television journalist
  • 1949
    Brian Hanrahan, English journalist and broadcaster (d.2010)
  • 1949
    Fanny Ardant, French actress
  • 1950
    Jocky Wilson, Scottish darts player
  • 1952
    Bob Costas, American sports commentator
  • 1952
    Jay Dee Daugherty, American drummer
  • 1955
    Lena Olin, Swedish actress
  • 1955
    Pete Sessions, American politician
  • 1955
    Valdis Zatlers, Latvian politician
  • 1956
    Generosa Ammon, American murder suspect (d. 2003)
  • 1957
    Jürgen Bucher, German footballer
  • 1957
    Stephanie Mills, American actress and singer
  • 1958
    Laurie David, American political activist
  • 1958
    Pete Wylie, British singer/songwriter
  • 1959
    Avraham Fried, American entertainer
  • 1959
    Carlton Cuse, Mexican-born American TV writer and executive
  • 1959
    Matthew Modine, American actor
  • 1965
    Emma Wray, English actress
  • 1965
    John Kordic, Canadian ice hockey player (d. 1992)
  • 1966
    Artis Pabriks, Latvian politician
  • 1966
    Brian Shaw, American basketball player
  • 1967
    Bernie Gallacher, British footballer (Aston Villa) (d. 2011)
  • 1967
    Mario Cipollini, Italian cyclist
  • 1968
    Euronymous, Norwegian musician (d. 1993)
  • 1970
    Andreas Johnson, Swedish singer
  • 1970
    Leontien van Moorsel, Dutch cyclist
  • 1971
    Iben Hjejle, Danish actress
  • 1971
    Will Yun Lee, American actor
  • 1972
    Cory Lidle, American baseball player (d. 2006)
  • 1972
    Elvis Stojko, Canadian figure skater
  • 1972
    Shawn Bradley, American basketball player
  • 1973
    Beverley Knight, English singer
  • 1973
    Joe Nedney, American football player
  • 1974
    Gert Peens, South African-born Italian rugby player
  • 1974
    Kidada Jones, American actress
  • 1974
    Marcus Camby, American basketball player
  • 1974
    Philippe Clement, Belgian footballer
  • 1975
    Anne Dudek, American actress
  • 1975
    Cole Hauser, American actor
  • 1975
    Jason Fletcher, American sports agent
  • 1975
    Jiří Novák, Czech tennis player
  • 1976
    Kathryn Jean Lopez, American pundit
  • 1976
    Kellie Shanygne Williams, American actress
  • 1976
    Reese Witherspoon, American actress
  • 1976
    Teun de Nooijer, Dutch field hockey player
  • 1977
    Joey Porter, American football player
  • 1978
    Tom Poti, American ice hockey player
  • 1979
    Aaron North, American musician
  • 1979
    Juan Uribe, Dominican baseball player
  • 1980
    Pamela O'Connor, Scottish ice dancer
  • 1980
    Shannon Bex, American singer (Danity Kane)
  • 1985
    Jakob Fuglsang, Danish professional cyclist
  • 1985
    Justin Masterson, American baseball player
  • 1985
    Mayola Biboko, Belgian footballer
  • 1985
    Mike Jenkins, American football player
  • 1986
    David Choi, American musician
  • 1987
    Ike Davis, American baseball player
  • 1988
    Tania Raymonde, American actress
  • 1989
    Ruben Popa, Romanian footballer
  • 1990
    Lisa Mitchell, Australian singer-songwriter
  • 1995
    Nick Robinson, American actor

Who Died On March 22?

  • 1322
    Thomas, 2nd Earl of Lancaster, English politician (b. 1278)
  • 1418
    Dietrich of Nieheim, German historian
  • 1421
    Thomas of Lancaster, 1st Duke of Clarence, second son of Henry IV of England (b. 1388)
  • 1544
    Johannes Magnus, last Catholic Archbishop of Sweden (b. 1488)
  • 1602
    Agostino Carracci, Italian artist (b. 1557)
  • 1685
    Emperor Go-Sai of Japan (b. 1638)
  • 1687
    Jean-Baptiste Lully, Italian-born French composer (b. 1632)
  • 1758
    Jonathan Edwards, American minister (b. 1703)
  • 1758
    Richard Leveridge, English bass and composer (b. 1670)
  • 1772
    John Canton, English physicist (b. 1718)
  • 1820
    Stephen Decatur, American naval officer (b. 1779)
  • 1832
    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, German writer (b. 1749)
  • 1840
    Étienne Bobillier, French mathematician (b. 1798)
  • 1896
    Thomas Hughes, English novelist (b. 1822)
  • 1913
    Sung Chiao-jen, Chinese Nationalist (b. 1882)
  • 1924
    William Macewen, Scottish surgeon (b. 1848)
  • 1934
    Theophilos Hatzimihail, Greek painter (b. 1870)
  • 1945
    John Hessin Clarke, U.S. Supreme Court Justice (b. 1857)
  • 1952
    Uncle Dave Macon, American musician (b. 1870)
  • 1955
    Ivan Šubašić, Kingdom of Yugoslavia prime minister and last ban of Croatia (b. 1892)
  • 1958
    Mike Todd, American film producer (b. 1909)
  • 1960
    José Antonio Aguirre, Basque politician (b. 1904)
  • 1966
    John Harlin, American mountaineer (b. 1935)
  • 1974
    Peter Revson, American racecar driver (b. 1939)
  • 1977
    A.K. Gopalan, Indian communist leader (b. 1904)
  • 1978
    Karl Wallenda, German acrobat (b. 1905)
  • 1981
    James “Jumbo” Elliott, American track coach (b. 1915)
  • 1986
    Charles Starrett, American actor (b. 1903)
  • 1986
    Mark Dinning, American singer (b. 1933)
  • 1986
    Olive Deering, American actress (b. 1918)
  • 1987
    Odysseas Angelis, Greek officer involved in the coup of April 1967 (b. 1912)
  • 1990
    Gerald Bull, Canadian engineer (b. 1928)
  • 1991
    Dave Guard, American folk singer (The Kingston Trio) (b. 1934)
  • 1991
    Gloria Holden, American film actress (b. 1908)
  • 1991
    Léon Balcer, French Canadian politician (b. 1917)
  • 1993
    Steve Olin, American baseball player (b. 1965)
  • 1994
    Dan Hartman, American musician, songwriter, and record producer (b. 1950)
  • 1994
    Walter Lantz, American cartoonist (b. 1900)
  • 1996
    Billy Williamson, American musician with Bill Haley & His Comets (b. 1925)
  • 1996
    Don Murray, American musician (The Turtles) (b. 1945)
  • 1999
    David Strickland, American actor (b. 1969)
  • 2001
    Sabiha Gökçen, Turkish combat pilot (b. 1913)
  • 2001
    William Hanna, American animator and studio founder (b. 1910)
  • 2002
    Rudolf Baumgartner, Swiss conductor and violinist (b. 1917)
  • 2003
    Terry Lloyd, English reporter (b. 1952)
  • 2004
    Ahmed Yassin, Palestinian co-founder of Hamas (b. c. 1937)
  • 2005
    Kenzo Tange, Japanese architect (b. 1913)
  • 2006
    Kurt von Trojan, Australian science fiction author (b. 1937)
  • 2006
    Lawrence Stephen, Nauruan politician (b. 1939)
  • 2006
    Pierre Clostermann, French World War II pilot (b. 1921)
  • 2007
    Uppaluri Gopala Krishnamurti, Indian philosopher (b. 1918)
  • 2008
    Cachao López, Cuban mambo musician (b. 1918)
  • 2009
    Jade Goody, British reality TV ‘celebrity’(b. 1981)
  • 2009
    Leon Walker, British rugby player (b. 1988)
  • 2010
    James W. Black, Scottish Nobel Prize-winning doctor and medical research scientist (b. 1924)


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