What happened on July 22? There are more than 281 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 July 22

July 22 In HistoryJuly 22 is the 204th day of the year 2020. There are 162 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Wednesday. This day falls under the 30th week of the year 2020.

On this day in Zephyrhills, Florida 33541 sunrise occured at 06:46 AM and sunset occured at 08:24 PM (local time).

The zodiac sign of a person born on this day is Cancer. The modern birthstone for this month is Ruby while the mystical birthstone is Ruby.

According to the Chinese calendar, there are 205 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year (February 12, 2021).

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Historical Events For July 22

  • 838
    Battle of Anzen: the Byzantine emperor Theophilos suffers a heavy defeat by the Abbasids.
  • 1099
    First Crusade: Godfrey of Bouillon is elected the first Defender of the Holy Sepulchre of The Kingdom of Jerusalem.
  • 1298
    Wars of Scottish Independence: Battle of Falkirk – King Edward I of England and his longbowmen defeat William Wallace and his Scottish schiltrons outside the town of Falkirk.
  • 1456
    Ottoman Wars in Europe: Siege of Belgrade – John Hunyadi, Regent of the Kingdom of Hungary, defeats Mehmet II of the Ottoman Empire
  • 1484
    Battle of Lochmaben Fair – A 500-man raiding party led by Alexander Stewart, Duke of Albany and James Douglas, 9th Earl of Douglas are defeated by Scots forces loyal to Albany’s brother James III of Scotland; Douglas is captured.
  • 1499
    Battle of Dornach – The Swiss decisively defeat the Imperial army of Emperor Maximilian I.
  • 1587
    Colony of Roanoke: a second group of English settlers arrives on Roanoke Island off North Carolina to re-establish the deserted colony.
  • 1686
    Albany, New York is formally chartered as a municipality by Governor Thomas Dongan.
  • 1706
    The Acts of Union 1707 are agreed upon by commissioners from the Kingdom of England and the Kingdom of Scotland, which, when passed by each countries’ Parliaments, lead to the creation of the Kingdom of Great Britain.
  • 1793
    Alexander Mackenzie reaches the Pacific Ocean becoming the first Euro-American to complete a transcontinental crossing of Canada.
  • 1796
    Surveyors of the Connecticut Land Company name an area in Ohio “Cleveland” after Gen. Moses Cleaveland, the superintendent of the surveying party.
  • 1797
    Battle of Santa Cruz de Tenerife: Battle between Spanish and British naval forces during the French Revolutionary Wars. During the Battle, Rear-Admiral Nelson is wounded in the arm and the arm had to be partially amputated.
  • 1805
    Napoleonic Wars: War of the Third Coalition – Battle of Cape Finisterre – an inconclusive naval action is fought between a combined French and Spanish fleet under Admiral Pierre-Charles Villeneuve of Spain and a British fleet under Admiral Robert Calder.
  • 1812
    Napoleonic Wars: Peninsular War – Battle of Salamanca – British forces led by Arthur Wellesley (later the Duke of Wellington) defeat French troops near Salamanca, Spain.
  • 1864
    American Civil War: Battle of Atlanta – outside Atlanta, Georgia, Confederate General John Bell Hood leads an unsuccessful attack on Union troops under General William T. Sherman on Bald Hill.
  • 1894
    The first ever motorized racing event is held in France between the cities of Paris and Rouen. The race is won by Comte Jules-Albert de Dion.
  • 1916
    In San Francisco, California, a bomb explodes on Market Street during a Preparedness Day parade killing 10 and injuring 40.
  • 1933
    Wiley Post becomes the first person to fly solo around the world traveling 15596 mi in 7 days, 18 hours and 45 minutes.
  • 1934
    Outside Chicago’s Biograph Theater, “Public Enemy No. 1” John Dillinger is mortally wounded by FBI agents.
  • 1937
    New Deal: the United States Senate votes down President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s proposal to add more justices to the Supreme Court of the United States.
  • 1942
    Holocaust: the systematic deportation of Jews from the Warsaw Ghetto begins.
  • 1942
    The United States government begins compulsory civilian gasoline rationing due to the wartime demands.
  • 1943
    World War II: Allied forces capture the Italian city of Palermo.
  • 1944
    The Polish Committee of National Liberation publishes its manifesto, starting the period of Communist rule in Poland
  • 1946
    King David Hotel bombing: a Zionist underground organisation, the Irgun, bombs the King David Hotel in Jerusalem, site of the civil administration and military headquarters for Mandate Palestine, resulting in 91 deaths.
  • 1951
    Dezik (Дезик) and Tsygan (Цыган, “Gypsy”) are the first dogs to make a sub-orbital flight.
  • 1962
    Mariner program: Mariner 1 spacecraft flies erratically several minutes after launch and has to be destroyed.
  • 1976
    Japan completes its last reparation to the Philippines for war crimes committed during the imperial Japan’s conquest of the country in the Second World War
  • 1977
    Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping is restored to power.
  • 1983
    Martial law in Poland is officially revoked.
  • 1991
    Jeffrey Dahmer is arrested in Milwaukee after police discover human remains in his apartment.
  • 1992
    Near Medellín, Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar escapes from his luxury prison fearing extradition to the United States.
  • 1993
    Great Flood of 1993: levees near Kaskaskia, Illinois rupture, forcing the entire town to evacuate by barges operated by the Army Corps of Engineers.
  • 1997
    The second Blue Water Bridge opens between Port Huron, Michigan and Sarnia, Ontario.
  • 2002
    Israel kills Salah Shahade, the Commander-in-Chief of Hamas’s military arm, the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades.
  • 2003
    Members of 101st Airborne of the United States, aided by Special Forces, attack a compound in Iraq, killing Saddam Hussein’s sons Uday and Qusay, along with Mustapha Hussein, Qusay’s 14-year old son, and a bodyguard.
  • 2005
    Jean Charles de Menezes is killed by police as the hunt begins for the London Bombers responsible for the 7 July 2005 London bombings and the 21 July 2005 London bombings.
  • 2011
    Norway is the victim of twin terror attacks, the first being a bomb blast which targeted government buildings in central Oslo, the second being a massacre at a youth camp on the island of Utøya.

Who Were Born On July 22?

  • 1210
    Joan of England, Queen of Scots, wife of Alexander II of Scotland (d. 1238)
  • 1478
    King Philip I of Castile (d. 1506)
  • 1510
    Alessandro de' Medici, Duke of Florence (d. 1537)
  • 1535
    Katarina Stenbock, wife of Gustav I of Sweden (d. 1621)
  • 1559
    Lawrence of Brindisi, Italian monk (d. 1619)
  • 1621
    Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 1st Earl of Shaftesbury, English politician (d. 1683)
  • 1711
    Georg Wilhelm Richmann, Russian physicist (d. 1753)
  • 1713
    Jacques-Germain Soufflot, French architect (d. 1780)
  • 1733
    Mikhail Shcherbatov, Russian philosopher and writer (d. 1790)
  • 1755
    Gaspard de Prony, French mathematician (d. 1839)
  • 1784
    Friedrich Bessel, German mathematician and astronomer (d. 1846)
  • 1844
    William Archibald Spooner, English priest and scholar (d. 1930)
  • 1848
    Adolf Friedrich V, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Strelitz (d. 1914)
  • 1849
    Emma Lazarus, American poet (d. 1887)
  • 1863
    Alec Hearne, English cricketer (d. 1952)
  • 1878
    Janusz Korczak, Polish children’s author and pediatrician (d. 1942)
  • 1882
    Edward Hopper, American painter (d. 1967)
  • 1887
    Gustav Ludwig Hertz, German physicist, Nobel laureate (d. 1975)
  • 1888
    Kirk Bryan, American geologist (d. 1950)
  • 1888
    Selman Waksman, Ukrainian-born American biochemist, Nobel laureate (d. 1973)
  • 1889
    James Whale, English film director (d. 1957)
  • 1890
    Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy, American Kennedy family matriarch (d. 1995)
  • 1892
    Jack MacBryan, English cricketer and field hockey player (d. 1983)
  • 1893
    Jesse Haines, American baseball player (d. 1978)
  • 1893
    Karl Menninger, American psychiatrist (d. 1990)
  • 1895
    León de Greiff, Colombian poet (d. 1976)
  • 1898
    Alexander Calder, American sculptor and inventor (d. 1976)
  • 1898
    Stephen Vincent Benét, American poet, short story writer and novelist (d. 1943)
  • 1908
    Amy Vanderbilt, American etiquette authority (d. 1974)
  • 1909
    Dorino Serafini, Italian racing driver (d. 2000)
  • 1913
    Gorni Kramer, Italian bandleader (d. 1995)
  • 1913
    Licia Albanese, American opera singer
  • 1915
    Shaista Suhrawardy Ikramullah, Pakistani politician, diplomat and author (d. 2000)
  • 1916
    Gino Bianco, Brazilian racing driver (d. 1984)
  • 1916
    Marcel Cerdan, French boxer (d. 1949)
  • 1921
    William V. Roth, Jr., American politician (d. 2003)
  • 1922
    Dick Hoerner, American football player (d. 2010)
  • 1922
    Orson Bean, American actor
  • 1923
    Bob Dole, American politician, 1996 Republican Presidential candidate
  • 1923
    Mukesh, Indian singer (d. 1976)
  • 1923
    The Fabulous Moolah, American professional wrestler (d. 2007)
  • 1924
    Margaret Whiting, American singer (d. 2011)
  • 1926
    Bryan Forbes, English film director, actor and writer
  • 1928
    Orson Bean, American film actor
  • 1929
    John Barber, British racing driver
  • 1932
    Oscar De la Renta, Dominican fashion designer
  • 1934
    Louise Fletcher, American actress
  • 1935
    Tom Cartwright, English cricketer (d. 2007)
  • 1936
    Tom Robbins, American novelist
  • 1937
    Chuck Jackson, R&B singer
  • 1937
    John Price, English cricketer
  • 1937
    Vasant Ranjane, Indian cricketer
  • 1937
    Yasuhiro Kojima, Japanese professional wrestler (d. 1999)
  • 1939
    Gila Almagor, Israeli actress
  • 1939
    Terence Stamp, English actor
  • 1940
    Alex Trebek, Canadian game show host
  • 1940
    Judith Walzer Leavitt, American college professor
  • 1941
    George Clinton, American singer and musician (Parliament, Funkadelic)
  • 1941
    Ron Turcotte, Canadian jockey
  • 1942
    Peter Habeler, Austrian mountaineer
  • 1943
    Bobby Sherman, American singer and actor
  • 1943
    Kay Bailey Hutchison, American politician
  • 1944
    Anand Satyanand, New Zealander politician
  • 1944
    Dennis Firestone, Australian racing driver
  • 1944
    Estelle Bennett, American singer (Ronettes) (d. 2009)
  • 1944
    Rick Davies, British keyboardist (Supertramp)
  • 1944
    Sparky Lyle, American baseball player
  • 1946
    Danny Glover, American actor
  • 1946
    Johnson Toribiong, President of Palau
  • 1946
    Mireille Mathieu, French singer
  • 1946
    Paul Schrader, American film director and screenwriter
  • 1946
    Stephen M. Wolownik, American musicologist (d. 2000)
  • 1947
    Albert Brooks, American comedian
  • 1947
    Don Henley, American singer-songwriter and drummer (Eagles)
  • 1947
    Gilles Duceppe, Canadian politician
  • 1948
    Otto Waalkes, German comedian
  • 1948
    S. E. Hinton, American novelist
  • 1949
    Alan Menken, American composer
  • 1949
    Emir Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum of Dubai
  • 1949
    Lasse Virén, Finnish long distance runner
  • 1951
    J. V. Cain, American football player (d. 1979)
  • 1951
    Patriarch Daniel of Romania, Head of the Romanian Orthodox Church
  • 1953
    Jimmy Bruno, American jazz guitarist
  • 1953
    Paul Quarrington, Canadian playwright and educator (d. 2010)
  • 1953
    Sylvia Chang, Taiwanese actress
  • 1954
    Al Di Meola, American guitarist
  • 1954
    Lonette McKee, American actress
  • 1954
    Pierre Lebeau, Canadian actor
  • 1954
    Steve LaTourette, American politician
  • 1955
    Willem Dafoe, American actor
  • 1957
    Dave Stieb, American baseball player
  • 1958
    David Von Erich, American professional wrestler (d. 1984)
  • 1958
    Tatsunori Hara, Japanese baseball player and coach
  • 1960
    Jon Oliva, American vocalist and keyboardist (Savatage)
  • 1961
    Calvin Fish, English racing driver
  • 1961
    Keith Sweat, American singer
  • 1962
    Alvin Robertson, American basketball player
  • 1962
    Martine St. Clair, Canadian singer
  • 1963
    Emilio Butragueño, Spanish footballer
  • 1963
    Emily Saliers, American singer (Indigo Girls)
  • 1963
    Rob Estes, American actor
  • 1964
    Adam Godley, British actor
  • 1964
    Bonnie Langford, English actress and dancer
  • 1964
    David Spade, American actor and comedian
  • 1964
    Don Van Natta, Jr., American journalist
  • 1964
    John Leguizamo, Colombian actor
  • 1964
    Rafael Addison, American basketball player
  • 1965
    Doug Riesenberg, American football player
  • 1965
    Patrick Labyorteaux, American actor
  • 1965
    Shawn Michaels, American professional wrestler
  • 1966
    Shaun Cohen, South African professional wrestler
  • 1966
    Tim Brown, American football player
  • 1967
    Irene Bedard, American actress
  • 1967
    Lauren Booth, British journalist
  • 1968
    Rhys Ifans, Welsh actor
  • 1969
    Despina Vandi, Greek singer
  • 1970
    Craig Baird, New Zealand racing driver
  • 1970
    Jason Becker, American musician
  • 1970
    Sergei Zubov, Russian ice hockey player
  • 1971
    Kristine Lilly, American footballer
  • 1972
    Colin Ferguson, Canadian actor
  • 1972
    Keyshawn Johnson, American football player
  • 1972
    Seth Fisher, American comic book artist and penciller (d. 2006)
  • 1973
    Daniel Jones, English-born Australian musician (Savage Garden)
  • 1973
    Mike Sweeney, American baseball player
  • 1973
    Ronald Ray Howard, American murderer (d. 2005)
  • 1973
    Rufus Wainwright, Canadian singer
  • 1974
    Amean J, Pakistani photographer
  • 1974
    Franka Potente, German actress
  • 1974
    Sonija Kwok, Hong Kong actress
  • 1975
    Sam Jacobson, American basketball player
  • 1976
    Kokia, Japanese singer-songwriter
  • 1977
    Ezio Galon, Italian rugby player
  • 1977
    Gustavo Nery, Brazilian footballer
  • 1978
    A. J. Cook, Canadian actress
  • 1978
    Dennis Rommedahl, Danish footballer
  • 1978
    Martyn Lee, English radio presenter
  • 1978
    Runako Morton, West Indian cricketer
  • 1979
    James Mason, British professional wrestler
  • 1979
    Lucas Luhr, German racing driver
  • 1979
    Yadel Martí, Cuban baseball player
  • 1980
    Dirk Kuyt, Dutch footballer
  • 1980
    Kate Ryan, Belgian singer
  • 1980
    Scott Dixon, New Zealand racing driver
  • 1980
    Tablo, Korean hip-hop musician (Epik High)
  • 1981
    Ala Ghawas, Bahraini singer and songwriter
  • 1982
    Nuwan Kulasekara, Sri Lankan cricketer
  • 1983
    Arsenie Todiraş, Moldovan singer (O-Zone)
  • 1983
    Clemens von Grumbkow, German rugby player
  • 1983
    Dries Devenyns, Belgian cyclist
  • 1983
    Sharni Vinson, Australian actress and model
  • 1983
    Steven Jackson, American football player
  • 1984
    Stewart Downing, English footballer
  • 1985
    Akira Tozawa, Japanese professional wrestler
  • 1985
    Takudzwa Ngwenya, Zimbabwean-born American rugby player
  • 1986
    Steve Johnson, American football player
  • 1987
    Charlotte Kalla, Swedish cross-country skier
  • 1988
    Jeremy Schilling, Jewish-American radio personality
  • 1988
    Paul Coutts, Scottish footballer
  • 1991
    Matthew James, English footballer
  • 1992
    Selena Gomez, American actress and pop singer
  • 1993
    Amber Beattie, English actress
  • 1996
    Skyler Gisondo, American actor
  • 1997
    Field Cate, American actor
  • 1998
    Madison Pettis, American actress
  • 2002
    Prince Felix of Denmark, Danish royalty

Who Died On July 22?

  • 1362
    Louis of Durazzo, Italian soldier (b. 1324)
  • 1387
    Franz Ackerman, Flemish statesman (b. 1330)
  • 1461
    Charles VII of France (b. 1403)
  • 1525
    Richard Wingfield, English diplomat (b. c. 1426)
  • 1540
    John Zápolya, Voivode of Transylvania and King of Hungary (b. 1487)
  • 1619
    Lawrence of Brindisi, Italian monk (b. 1559)
  • 1633
    Trijntje Keever, Dutch woman presumed to have been the tallest woman ever (b. 1616)
  • 1645
    Gaspar de Guzmán, Count-Duke of Olivares, Spanish statesman (b. 1587)
  • 1676
    Pope Clement X (b. 1590)
  • 1726
    Hugh Drysdale, British Colonial Governor of Virginia (birth year unknown)
  • 1734
    Peter King, 1st Baron King, Lord Chancellor of England (b. c. 1669)
  • 1789
    Joseph-François Foulon, French administrator (b. 1715)
  • 1802
    Marie François Xavier Bichat, French anatomist (b. 1771)
  • 1824
    Thomas McNamara Russell, Royal Navy admiral
  • 1826
    Giuseppe Piazzi, Italian astronomer (b. 1746)
  • 1832
    Napoleon II, Emperor of the French and King of Rome (b. 1811)
  • 1852
    Auguste Marmont, French marshal (b. 1774)
  • 1864
    James B. McPherson, American army general, in the Battle of Atlanta (b. 1828)
  • 1869
    John A. Roebling, German-American civil engineer (Brooklyn Bridge), (b. 1806)
  • 1902
    Mieczysław Halka Ledóchowski, Polish Catholic Cardinal (b. 1822)
  • 1903
    Cassius Clay, American emancipationist (b. 1810)
  • 1904
    Wilson Barrett, English actor (b. 1846)
  • 1906
    William Snodgrass, Canadian Presbyterian minister and the sixth Principal of Queen’s College, now Queen’s University (b. 1827)
  • 1908
    William Randal Cremer, English politician and pacifist, Nobel Peace Prize laureate (b. 1828)
  • 1915
    Sir Sandford Fleming, Canadian engineer and inventor (b. 1827)
  • 1916
    James Whitcomb Riley, American poet (b. 1849)
  • 1918
    Indra Lal Roy, Indian flying ace (b. 1898)
  • 1920
    William Kissam Vanderbilt, American businessman and horse breeder, member of the Vanderbilt family (b. 1849)
  • 1922
    Jokichi Takamine, Japanese chemist (b. 1854)
  • 1932
    Errico Malatesta, Italian anarchist (b. 1853)
  • 1932
    Florenz Ziegfeld, American theatrical producer (b. 1867)
  • 1932
    Reginald Fessenden, Canadian inventor and radio pioneer (b. 1866)
  • 1934
    John Dillinger, American bank robber (b. 1903)
  • 1950
    William Lyon Mackenzie King, 10th Prime Minister of Canada (b. 1874)
  • 1958
    Mikhail Zoshchenko, Russian writer (b. 1895)
  • 1967
    Carl Sandburg, American poet (b. 1878)
  • 1968
    Giovannino Guareschi, Italian journalist (b. 1908)
  • 1970
    George Johnston, Australian journalist and novelist (b. 1912)
  • 1974
    Wayne Morse, U.S. Senator from Oregon (b. 1900)
  • 1979
    J. V. Cain, American football player (b. 1951)
  • 1979
    Sándor Kocsis, Hungarian footballer (b. 1929)
  • 1986
    Ede Staal, Dutch singer-songwriter (b. 1941)
  • 1988
    Duane Jones, American actor (b. 1936)
  • 1989
    Martti Talvela, Finnish bass (b. 1935)
  • 1990
    Manuel Puig, Argentinian writer (b. 1932)
  • 1992
    Wayne McLaren, American stuntman, actor and rodeo rider who portrayed the Marlboro Man (b. 1940)
  • 1995
    Harold Larwood, English cricketer (b. 1904)
  • 1996
    Rob Collins, English keyboardist (The Charlatans) (b. 1956)
  • 1998
    Fritz Buchloh, German football player and coach (b. 1909)
  • 1998
    Hermann Prey, German bass-baritone (b. 1929)
  • 1999
    Gar Samuelson, American drummer (Megadeth) (b. 1958)
  • 2000
    Carmen Martín Gaite, Spanish author (b. 1925)
  • 2000
    Claude Sautet, French film director (b. 1924)
  • 2000
    Eric Christmas, British actor (b. 1916)
  • 2001
    Indro Montanelli, Italian journalist and historian (b. 1909)
  • 2003
    Qusay Hussein, Iraqi politician, son of Saddam Hussein (b. 1966)
  • 2003
    Uday Hussein, Iraqi politician, son of Saddam Hussein (b. 1964)
  • 2003
    Wahome Muthahi, Kenyan humourist (b. 1954)
  • 2004
    George Kidd, Canadian diplomat (b. 1917)
  • 2004
    Illinois Jacquet, American jazz saxophonist (b. 1922)
  • 2004
    Sacha Distel, French singer (b. 1933)
  • 2005
    Eugene Record American songwriter and singer (The Chi-Lites) (b. 1940)
  • 2005
    Jean Charles de Menezes, Brazilian electrician (b. 1978)
  • 2006
    James E. West, mayor of Spokane, Washington (b. 1950)
  • 2006
    José Antonio Delgado, Venezuelan mountain climber (b. 1965)
  • 2007
    Jarrod Cunningham, New Zealand rugby player (b. 1968)
  • 2007
    László Kovács, Hungarian-born American cinematographer (b. 1933)
  • 2007
    Mike Coolbaugh, American baseball player and coach (b. 1972)
  • 2007
    Rollie Stiles, American baseball player (b. 1906)
  • 2007
    Ulrich Mühe, German actor (b. 1953)
  • 2008
    Estelle Getty, American comedic actress (b. 1923)
  • 2008
    Greg Burson, American voice actor (b. 1949)
  • 2009
    Peter Krieg, German documentary filmmaker, producer and writer (b. 1947)
  • 2009
    Richard M. Givan, Indiana Supreme Court chief justice (b. 1921)
  • 2010
    Kenny Guinn, American politician (b. 1936)
  • 2011
    Cees de Wolf, Dutch footballer (b. 1945)
  • 2011
    Tore Eikeland, Norwegian politician (b. 1990)

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