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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 October 22? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

October 22: Facts & Myths About This Day

October 22 is the 296th day of the year 2016 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 70 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Saturday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is October 9, 2016 – a Saturday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 24,618,240 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 ‘dihectaenneacontahexagon’ day.

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

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 98 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 1,401 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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October 22 Historical Events

  • 1707
    Scilly naval disaster: four British Royal Navy ships run aground near the Isles of Scilly because of faulty navigation. Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell and thousands of sailors drown.
  • 1797
    One thousand meters (3,200 feet) above Paris, André-Jacques Garnerin makes the first recorded parachute jump.
  • 1877
    The Blantyre mining disaster in Scotland kills 207 miners.
  • 1928
    Phi Sigma Alpha fraternity is founded at the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus.
  • 1962
    Cuban Missile Crisis: US President John F. Kennedy, after internal counsel from Dwight D. Eisenhower, announces that American reconnaissance planes have discovered Soviet nuclear weapons in Cuba, and that he has ordered a naval “quarantine” of the Communist nation.

Who were born on October 22?

  • 1701
    Maria Amalia of Austria, Holy Roman Empire Empress (d. 1756)
  • 1875
    David van Embden, Dutch politician (d. 1962)
  • 1907
    Jimmie Foxx, American baseball player (d. 1967)
  • 1913
    Robert Capa, American war photographer (born in Hungary) (d. 1954)
  • 1935
    Ann Rule, American true-crime writer

Who died on October 22?

  • 1952
    Ernst Rüdin, Swiss nazi physician (b. 1874)
  • 1979
    Nadia Boulanger, French composer and composition teacher (b. 1887)
  • 1998
    Eric Ambler, English novelist (b. 1909)
  • 2002
    Richard Helms, American CIA director (b. 1913)
  • 2011
    Sultan bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud, Saudi Crown Prince (b. 1924 or 1930)

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