Wikipedia defines history as the discovery, collection, organization, and presentation of information about past events. It came from the Greek word ‘historia’ – which means ‘inquiry, knowledge acquired by investigation’.

Did you know? There are many who claim Herodotus, a fifth century BC Greek historian, as the “father of history”.

This website utilizes pages from Wikipedia to extract historical events from 3761 BC up to the present. There are 105,062 records in the database that include events, births and deaths of popular individuals. The present day Gregorian calendar was adopted to show dates of interest.

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What are the important events that happened on January 22? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

January 22: Facts & Myths About This Day

January 22 is the 22nd day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 343 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Sunday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is January 9, 2017 – a Sunday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 24,750,720 minutes has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘icosidigon’ day.

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Aquarius is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Garnet is the modern birthstone for this month. Emerald is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 6 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 1,493 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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January 22 Historical Events

  • 1890
    The United Mine Workers of America is founded in Columbus, Ohio.
  • 1919
    Act Zluky is signed, unifying the Ukrainian People’s Republic and the West Ukrainian National Republic.
  • 1957
    The New York City “Mad Bomber”, George P. Metesky, is arrested in Waterbury, Connecticut and is charged with planting more than 30 bombs.
  • 1973
    The Supreme Court of the United States delivers its decision in Roe v. Wade, legalizing elective abortion in all fifty states.
  • 2042
    New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Water Dog in Chinese astrology.

Who were born on January 22?

  • 1561
    Sir Francis Bacon, English philosopher (d. 1626)
  • 1890
    Fred M. Vinson, 13th Chief Justice of the United States (d. 1953)
  • 1890
    Vinko Žganec, Croatian ethnomusicologist (d. 1976)
  • 1964
    Stojko Vranković, Croatian basketball player
  • 1968
    Heath, Japanese bass guitarist (X Japan)

Who died on January 22?

  • 1666
    Shah Jahan, Mughal Emperor of India (b. 1592)
  • 1901
    Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom (b. 1819)
  • 1929
    R.C. Lehmann, English writer (b. 1856)
  • 1954
    Princess Margaret of Prussia, queen of Finland (b. 1872)
  • 1982
    Tommy Tucker, American singer and pianist (b. 1933)

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