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’.

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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, 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

  • 1784
    Russia founds a colony on Kodiak Island, Alaska.
  • 1836
    Sam Houston is inaugurated as the first President of the Republic of Texas.
  • 1883
    The Metropolitan Opera House in New York City opens with a performance of Gounod’s Faust.
  • 1966
    The Supremes become the first all-female music group to attain a No. 1 selling album (The Supremes A' Go-Go).
  • 1968
    Apollo program: Apollo 7 safely splashes down in the Atlantic Ocean after orbiting the Earth 163 times.

Who were born on October 22?

  • 1511
    Erasmus Reinhold, German astronomer and mathematician (d. 1553)
  • 1701
    Maria Amalia of Austria, Holy Roman Empire Empress (d. 1756)
  • 1894
    Mei Lanfang, Chinese opera performer (d. 1961)
  • 1919
    Doris Lessing, British writer, Nobel Prize laureate
  • 1992
    Sofia Vassilieva, American actress

Who died on October 22?

  • 1565
    Jean, Vicomte d'Aguisy Grolier de Servieres, French bibliophile (b. 1479)
  • 1674
    Gerbrand van den Eeckhout, Dutch painter (b. 1621)
  • 1906
    Paul Cézanne, French painter (b. 1839)
  • 1952
    Ernst Rüdin, Swiss nazi physician (b. 1874)
  • 1973
    Pau Casals, Catalan cellist and conductor (b. 1876)

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