On This Day in History, January 22

You could be wearing a designer polka dot dress to mark the national holiday observed on this day. But there is nothing as satisfying as brushing up your history knowledge with major events of January 22nd.

Read on to learn about the interesting occurrences!

  • 1929 – Gas Tax Exemption for farmers was rejected by the Senate.
  • 1946 – Creation of the Central Intelligence Group.
  • 1953 – Arthur Miller’s play “Crucible” premiered in NYC
  • 1956 – The formation of the Canadian Football Council.
  • 1957 – The New York man, known as the “Mad Bomber” confessed to the planting of 30 bombs within New York City.
  • 1968 – America’s first Lunar Module was set to be launched on this day.
  • 1972 – A petroleum rail car ruptured and exploded while switching tracks on the East St. Louis, Illinois railway.
  • 1973 – George Foreman TKOs Joe Frazier in 2 rounds to win WBC & WBA heavyweight boxing titles in Kingston, Jamaica.
  • 1973 – The U.S. Supreme Court legalized abortion.
  • 1976 – Bank robbery in Beirut nets $20-50 million.
  • 1990 – Entry of Soviet troops into the republic of Azerbaijan, attempting to try and end the undeclared conflict between Muslim Azeris and Christian Armenians.
  • 1991 – Kuwaiti oil facilities were destroyed by Iraqi forces.
  • 1998 – Rickey Henderson, rejoined Oakland A’s for 4th time.
  • 2001 – The Government started a campaign to alleviate fears that the MMR triple vaccine against measles, mumps, and rubella could trigger the developmental disability known as autism in some children.
  • 2006 – Eco Morales became Bolivia’s first indigenous president.
  • 2006Kobe Bryant scored 81 points in a 122-104 Lakers victory over the Toronto Raptors; second-highest game total in NBA history.
  • 2007- The jury portion of the trial against Robert Pickton, accused of being Canada’s worst serial killer, opened in New Westminster, Canada.
  • 2013– The Bank of Japan doubled its inflation target to 2% and announced open-ended asset purchases for 2014.
  • 2017 Jared Kushner was sworn in as Senior Advisor to US President, Donald Trump.
  • 2018– Netflix became the largest digital media and entertainment company in the world, worth $100 billion.

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