November 22 On This Day In History

Today’s Important Historical Events

  • 1497 Portuguese navigator Vasco da Gama rounds Cape of Good Hope on way to first voyage from Europe to reach India
  • 1926 Imperial Conference ends, giving autonomy inside British Commonwealth
  • 1935 Flying boat “China Clipper” takes off from Alameda, California, carrying 100,000 pieces of mail on 1st trans-Pacific airmail flight
  • 1963 US President John F. Kennedy assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald while riding in an open-topped motorcade in Dallas, Texas
  • 1969 Isolation of a single gene announced by scientists at Harvard University
  • 2005 Angela Merkel becomes the first female Chancellor of Germany

Today’s Historical Events

  • 498 St Symmachus begins his reign as Pope replacing Anastasius II
  • 845 First King of all Brittany, Nominoe defeats Frankish King Charles the Bald at the Battle of Ballon, near Redon
  • 1220 Frederick II crowned Holy Roman Emperor in Rome by Pope Honorius III
  • 1346 Street fights in Utrecht, Hollandsgezinde Gunterlingen statements
  • 1492 Pinta under Martín Alonso Pinzón separates from Christopher Columbus‘s fleet
  • 1497 Portuguese navigator Vasco da Gama rounds Cape of Good Hope on way to first voyage from Europe to reach India
  • 1542 Spain delegates “New Laws” against slavery in America
  • 1573 The Brazilian city of Niterói is founded

Today’s Historical Events in Film and TV

Events in Film & TV

  • 1944 Film musical “Meet Me In St Louis”, starring Judy Garland, and directed by Vincente Minnelli, premieres at Loew’s State Theater on Washington Avenue in St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1961 Producers Albert Broccoli and Harry Saltzman announce expensive publicity campaign to make Sean Connery (James Bond) a star
  • 1964 WITF TV channel 33 in Harrisburg-Hershey, PA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1965 “Miss Goodall and the Wild Chimpanzees” broadcast on CBS, watched by 25 million, brings Jane Goodall to international attention
  • 1967 BBC unofficially bans “I Am the Walrus” by Beatles, due to the suggestive lyric “Boy, you’ve been a naughty girl you let your knickers down.”
  • 1968 1st interracial TV kiss (Star Trek – Captain Kirk and Uhura)
  • 1984 Fred Rogers of PBS “Mr Rogers Neighborhood” presents a sweater to Smithsonian Institution
  • 1987 Two Chicago television stations are hijacked by an unknown pirate dressed as Max Headroom.

Today’s Historical Music Events

  • 1831 Opera “Robert Le Diable” is produced (Paris)
  • 1851 Opera “La Perle Du Brésil” is produced (Paris)
  • 1862 Opera “La Forza del Destino” by Giuseppe Verdi debuts at Bolshoi Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia [Nov 10 O.S.]
  • 1898 Opera “Iris” premieres (Rome)
  • 1927 George Gershwin‘s musical “Funny Face” premieres in NYC
  • 1928 “Bolero” by Maurice Ravel first performed publicly (Paris)
  • 1945 “Day Before Spring” opens at National Theater NYC for 167 performances
  • 1955 RCA Records make its best investment, paying $35,000 to Sun Records for Elvis Presley‘s contract

Today’s Historical Events in Sports

  • 1908 1st US-Japanese baseball game Reach All-Americans defeat Waseda U, 5-0
  • 1910 Arthur Knight patents steel shaft golf clubs
  • 1936 PGA Championship Men’s Golf, Pinehurst CC: Denny Shute wins first of his consecutive PGA titles, defeating Jimmy Thomson, 3 & 2
  • 1945 Cleveland Rams end Jim Benton gains 303 yards in 28-21 win over Detroit Lions; NFL single game rushing record – stands for 40+ years
  • 1950 7,021 see Fort Wayne Pistons edge Minneapolis Lakers, 19-18 at Minneapolis Auditorium; lowest ever NBA score of 37 combined points
  • 1956 XVI Summer Olympic Games open in Melbourne, Australia; first to be staged in Southern Hemisphere and Oceania, as well as first to be held outside Europe and North America
  • 1956 Boston shooting guard Bill Sharman hits 10 free throws in Celtics 101-78 over Philadelphia Warriors at Philadelphia Civic Center; begins NBA FT streak of 55 games
  • 1957 Mickey Mantle wins AL MVP for the 2nd time

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