It happened today – this day in history – November 22

Subscribe to get your latest local news articles by email each day...

Or click here to subscribe to our weekly digital edition. Your details will be stored to support your experience in line with our privacy policy.

1675: Charles II adjourns Parliament.

1718: Death of the pirate Blackbeard (Edward Teach) in battle.

1830: Earl Charles Grey becomes Prime Minister of the UK.

1842: Mount St Helens in Washington erupts.

1922: The Labour Party elects Ramsay MacDonald as leader of the party.

1924: Britain orders Egyptians out of Sudan.

1928: Maurice Ravel’s Bolero receives its first public performance in Paris.

1930: Elijah Muhammad forms the Nation of Islam in Detroit.

1942: Hitler orders Rommel’s Africa Korps to fight to the last man.

1943: The RAF begins bombing Berlin.

1963: President John F Kennedy is assassinated while driving through Dallas in a motorcade. Vice President Lyndon B Johnson is sworn in as president aboard Air Force One. On the same day, author Aldous Huxley dies aged 69 and author C S Lewis dies aged 64.

1965: Bob Dylan married Sara Lowndes in a secret ceremony during a break in his tour. On the same day, Cassius Clay wins his second world heavyweight title defence with a 12th round KO of Floyd Patterson.

1975: Juan Carlos I is proclaimed King of Spain as the monarchy is restored after 31 years.

1980: Death of veteran star Mae (Mary Jane) West aged 87.

1986: At 20 years-old, Mike Tyson becomes the youngest ever world heavyweight boxing champion when he stops Trevor Berbick in the second round at the Las Vegas Hilton.

1987: Jesus and Mary Chain singer Jim Reid was arrested in Canada after being accused of assaulting members of the audience with his microphone stand.

1990: Margaret Thatcher resigns as Prime Minister.

1995: Rose West is found guilty of killing 10 women.

1997: INXS singer Michael Hutchence was found dead in his hotel suite in Sydney.

2005: Angel Merkel becomes the first female Chancellor of Germany.

2017: Ratko Mladic the “Butcher of Bosnia” is convicted of genocide and other atrocities during the Bosnian war and jailed for life in The Hague.

BIRTHDAYS: Terry Gilliam, director/animator, 79; Tom Conti, actor, 78; Billie Jean King, tennis legend, 76; Tina Weymouth (Martina Michèle Frantz), musician (Talking Heads), 69; Steven Van Zandt, musician/actor (E Street Band) 69; Jamie Lee Curtis, actress, 61; Mads Mikkelsen, actor, 54; Boris Becker, tennis legend, 52; Mark Ruffalo, actor, 52; Karen O (Karen Lee Orzolek), singer (Yeah Yeah Yeahs), 41; Scarlett Johansson, actress, 35; Marouane Fellaini, footballer, 32.


Mick Ferris

Editor Email: [email protected]