On This Day in History, April 22

April 22 is the Earth Day. You can observe this day by looking into creative ways of reducing your carbon footprint, such as switching up your commute. Or even try out new food ideas i.e. more greens, less meat.

While you are at it, take some time off to refresh your mind with our factual information of this day, April 22 in history.

  • 1861-Robert E. Lee was named commander of Virginia forces.
  • 1861-The first official National League baseball game took place.
  • 1898-The first shot of the Spanish-American war occurred.
  • 1915-1st military use of poison gas in World War I.
  • 1928-Central Greece was in the grip of a major earthquake, and the town of Corinth was virtually destroyed.
  • 1930-The U.S., Britain, and Japan signed the London Naval Treaty, which regulated submarine warfare and limited shipbuilding.
  • 1931-James G. Ray landed an autogyro on the lawn of the White House.
  • 1952-For the first time in history, viewers witnessed live the detonation of an atomic bomb at the U.S. testing site in Yucca Flat, Nevada on Television
  • 1954-The U.S. Senate Army-McCarthy televised hearings began.
  • 1970-The first “Earth Day” was observed by millions of Americans.
  • 1976-Barbara Walters became the first female nightly network news anchor.
  • 1993-Holocaust Memorial Museum was dedicated in Washington, D.C.
  • 1994-7,000 Tutsi were massacred by Hutus in the stadium at Kibuye, Rwanda.
  • 1999-The Watson Family received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  • 2000-ABC-TV aired a small portion of the Clinton-DiCaprio interview.
  • 2005-Zacarias Moussaoui pleaded guilty to conspiring with other al-Qaeda members as part of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
  • 2006-The Chinese President Hu Jintao began a three-day trip to Saudi Arabia.
  • 2010-The Boeing X-37 began its first orbital mission.
  • 2013-The European Union lifted its sanctions against Burma as a response to the country’s political reform program.
  • 2014-The United States Supreme Court ruled, in favor, of a Michigan ban on affirmative action.

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