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 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, 410,304 hours 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

  • 1575
    Foundation of Aguascalientes.
  • 1730
    Construction of the Ladoga Canal is completed.
  • 1941
    World War II: French resistance member Guy Môquet and 29 other hostages are executed by the Germans in retaliation for the death of a German officer.
  • 1963
    A BAC One-Eleven prototype airliner crashes in UK with the loss of all on board.
  • 1983
    Two correctional officers are killed by inmates at the United States Penitentiary in Marion, Illinois. The incident inspires the Supermax model of prisons.

Who were born on October 22?

  • 1592
    Gustaf Horn, Swedish soldier and politician (d. 1657)
  • 1907
    Jimmie Foxx, American baseball player (d. 1967)
  • 1939
    Jean-Pierre Desthuilliers, French writer and poet
  • 1959
    Arto Salminen, Finnish writer (d. 2005)
  • 1974
    Jeff McInnis, American NBA basketball player

Who died on October 22?

  • 1954
    Jibanananda Das, Bengali poet (b. 1899)
  • 1986
    Jane Dornacker, musician, actress, and traffic reporter for WNBC Radio. (b. 1947)
  • 1995
    Sir Kingsley Amis, English writer (b. 1922)
  • 2005
    Franky Gee, American singer (Captain Jack) (b. 1962)
  • 2009
    Soupy Sales, American comedian and television personality (b. 1926)

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