It happened today – this day in history – June 22

168BC: Romans under Lucius Aemilius Paullus defeat and capture Macedonian King Perseus, ending the Third Macedonian War.

1377: Richard II succeeds Edward III as king of England.

1535: Cardinal John Fisher is beheaded on Tower Hill, London, for refusing to acknowledge Henry VIII as head of the Church of England.

1611: Explorer Henry Hudson is set adrift in Hudson Bay by mutineers on his ship Discovery and never seen again.

1633: Galileo Galilei is forced by the Pope to recant his Copernican views that the Earth orbits the Sun. The Vatican doesn’t admit it was wrong until 1992).

1675: The Royal Observatory at Greenwich is established by Charles II.

1745: Bonnie Prince Charlie (Charles Stuart) sails to Scotland.

1815: Napoleon abdicates for a second time after defeat at the Battle of Waterloo.

1825: Parliament abolishes feudalism and the seigneurial system in British North America.

1865: The first class cricket debut of Dr W G Grace.

1868: Arkansas re-joins the US.

1874: The game of lawn tennis is introduced.

1900: Practically the whole foreign community in Peking, including many Chinese Christians, retreat to British compounds during the Boxer Rebellion.

1911: George V is crowned King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, Canada, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, and all his realms and territories beyond the sea.

1921: Paavo Nurmi runs world record 10,000m (30:40.2).

1934: On his 31st birthday, bank robber John Dillinger is named America’s first Public Enemy Number One.

1937: Joe Louis KOs James J Braddock in Round 18 for his first heavyweight boxing title.

1938: Joe Louis scores a stunning first round KO of German Max Schmeling at Yankee Stadium, NYC to retain his world heavyweight boxing title.

1939: Princess Elizabeth meets future husband Philip of Greece for the first time.

1941: Germany invades the Soviet Union. On the same day, an uprising in Lithuania begins, resulting in the collapse of the Soviet occupation, but replaced with invading German forces shortly after.

1949: Ezzard Charles beats Jersey Joe Walcott in 15 rounds for the NBA World Heavyweight title.

1962: “A Kind of Loving” wins the Golden Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival.

1964: The Beatles play their first ever show in New Zealand at Wellington Town Hall. The local chief constable refuses a police escort for the band, leaving just two constables to control over 5,000 screaming fans.

1965: Fred Trueman ends his Test cricket career, v New Zealand at Lord’s.

1969: Actress and singer Judy Garland, dies of a barbiturate overdose aged 47 in London.

1970: Irish socialist, republican and Member of Parliament, Bernadette Devlin, loses her appeal against a six-month prison sentence imposed for taking part in riots in Derry.


1971: The second Glastonbury Festival begins. Held over five days, acts include Melanie, The Edgar Broughton Band, David Bowie, Pink Fairies, Family and Traffic.

1972: The IRA announces that it will call a ceasefire from June 26, provided that there is a “reciprocal response” from the security forces.

1975: The UVF try to derail a train by planting a bomb on the railway line near Co Kildare. A civilian who tries to stop them is stabbed to death.

1979: A jury clears former Liberal Party leader Jeremy Thorpe of the attempted murder of his former lover Norman Scott. On the same day, Larry Holmes TKO’s Mike Weaver in Round 12 for the world heavyweight boxing title.

1980: West Germany beats Belgium, 2-1 to win the European Championship in Rome.

1981: Mark Chapman changes his plea to guilty and admits to the murder John Lennon in December 1980. On the same day, John McEnroe has his famous ‘you cannot be serious’ rant at the umpire in a first round win over Tom Gullikson at Wimbledon.

1984: Virgin Atlantic’s first commercial flight from Gatwick to Newark.

1986: England are knocked out of the World Cup at the quarter-final stage thanks to two memorable goals from Diego Maradona. The first was the infamous ‘Hand of God’ goal, which he followed with one of the best individual goals ever seen.

1987: A bomb blast in a Johannesburg video-game arcade kills an unborn baby and injures ten people. On the same day, actor/dancer Fred Astaire dies aged 88.

1988: Guitarist Jesse Ed Davis dies of a heroin overdose after collapsing in a laundry room in Venice, California, aged 43.

1990: The Happy Mondays, Ry Cooder, The Cure, Deacon Blue, Julian Cope, Del Amitri and James all appear on the first day of the Glastonbury Festival. On the same day, Nelson Mandela addresses the UN Special Committee against Apartheid in New York.

1992: Two skeletons excavated in Yekaterinburg, Russia, are identified as Tsar Nicolas II and Tsarina Alexandra.

1996: England win a penalty shoot-out, beating Spain 4-2 on penalties at Wembley to reach the Euro 96 semi finals. On the same day, the brother of singer Diana Ross, Arthur Ross and his wife are murdered by suffocation in the basement of their rented Detroit home.

1997: Singles chart:

  1. I’ll Be Missing You – Puff Daddy and Faith Evans
  2. Bittr Sweet Symphony – The Verve
  3. Mmm Bop – Hanson
  4. Hundred Mile High City – Ocean Colour Scene
  5. On Your Own – Blur
  6. I Wanna Be The Only One – Eternal ft Bebe Winans
  7. Free – Ultra Nate
  8. Nothing Lasts Forever – Echo and the Bunnymen
  9. Guiding Star – Cast
  10. Coco Jamboo – Mr President
1997: Radiohead – OK Computer

Album chart:

  1. OK Computer – Radiohead
  2. Destination Anywhere – Bon Jovi
  3. Middle Of Nowhere – Hanson
  4. Ladies And Gentlemen We Are Floating In Outer Space – Spiritualized
  5. Spice – The Spice Girls
  6. Before The Rain – Eternal
  7. Always On My Mind: Ultimate Love Songs – Elvis Presley
  8. Timeless – Sarah Brightman
  9. EV3 – En Vogue
  10. The Best Of – Bob Dylan

2001: The Parole Board decides that Jon Venables and Robert Thompson, the two schoolboy murderers of two-year old James Bulger in 1993 are to be released on a life licence.

2002: U2 guitarist ‘The Edge’ marries his girlfriend of ten years Morleigh Steinberg in Eze in the south of France. The couple first met when she was a belly dancer on the band’s Zoo TV tour.

2004: Paedophile and child killer Marc Dutroux is sentenced to life in prison by a Belgian court for the kidnap, rape and murder of young girls.

2011: After 16 years on the run, gangster Whitey Bulger is arrested outside an apartment in Santa Monica, California. On the same day, James Bond actor Daniel Craig marries actress Rachel Weisz in New York.

2018: Pantera drummer Vinnie Paul (Abbott) dies aged 54 from a heart condition.

2019: Sir Elton John is awarded France’s highest civilian award, the Legion d’Honneur. On the same day, the Russian volcano Raikoke erupts from a 700m-wide crater seen from the International Space Station.

2020: Film maker Joel Schumacher dies aged 80.

2021: Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez pardons nine Catalan politicians and activists for the 2017 illegal secession referendum.

2022: Afghanistan’s deadliest earthquake in twenty years, strikes near Khost in the south-east killing at least 1000 and injuring another 1500. On the same day, the UK posts the highest inflation rate in the G7 at 9.1%.

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BIRTHDAYS: Prunella Scales, actress, 91; Kris Kristofferson, singer-songwriter/actor, 87; Esther Rantzen, TV presenter, 83; Michael Lerner, actor, 82; Ralph Molina, drummer (Crazy Horse) 80; Peter Asher, record producer/manager, 79; Howard Kaylan, singer (The Turtles/The Mothers of Invention) 76; Todd Rundgren, singer-songwriter/record producer, 75; Alan Osmond, guitarist/singer/songwriter (The Osmonds), 74; Eizabeth Warren, US senator, 74; Lyndsey Wagner, actress, 74; Meryl (Mary) Streep, actress, 74; Alastair Stewart, journalist/newscaster, 71; Cyndi Lauper, singer-songwriter, 70; Green Gartside, singer-songwriter (Scritti Politti) 67; Gary Beers, bassist (INXS), 66; Kevin Bond, football manager, 66; Danny Baker, broadcaster, 66; Bruce Campbell, actor, 65; Ruby Turner, singer, 65; Jimmy Somerville, singer, 62; Bobby Gillespie, singer (Primal Scream) 59; Dan Brown, author, 59; Amy Brenneman, actress, 59; Emmanuelle Seigner (Polanski), actress, 57; Steven Page, guitar/vocals (Barenaked Ladies) 53; Mary Lynn Rajskub, actress/comedian, 52; Laila Rouass, actress, 52; Donald Faison, actor, 49; Loris Karius, goalkeeper, 30; Sébastien Haller, footballer, 29; Danny Ward, Welsh goalkeeper, 29; Rodri (Rodrigo Hernández Cascante). Footballer, 27.