22 July

July 22 is the 203rd day of the year (204th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 162 days remain until the end of the year.

We have some interesting facts & historic events all about July 22nd, including areas in religion, crime, health and more.

Keep reading for more interesting facts about July 22nd in history!

Table of Contents

  1. Global Celebrations
  2. Historic Events
  3. Famous Birthdays
  4. Heartbreaking Deaths

Global Celebrations

  • National Mango Day
  • National Hammock Day
  • National Penuche Fudge Day

Historic Events

What Happened On This Day – July 22

2011: Lone wolf extremist goes on a massacre in Norway

Anders Behring Breivik an anti-Islamist extremist placed a car bomb in front of the Norwegian Prime Minister’s office in Oslo. A few hours after the bomb exploded, killing 8 people and injuring about 200 others, Breivik opened fire at a youth summer camp at the island of Utøya killing 69 participants. This was the deadliest incident of violence in the Scandinavian country since the Second World War.

2003: Raid in Mosul

A raid on a compound near Mosul, Iraq by United States Army 101st Airborne Division ended with the deaths of killing Saddam Hussein’s sons Uday and Qusay and Qusay’s 14-year old son.

1983: First solo helicopter flight around the world

Australian Dick Smith became the first person to fly a helicopter around the world solo. He started his trip in August, 1982 and it took him around a year to finish his trip.

1933: American aviator Wiley Post becomes the first person to fly solo around the Earth

Post landed on Floyd Bennett Field in New York 7 days after he departed alone from the same airfield in a Lockheed Vega aircraft known as Winnie Mae.

1894: World’s first competitive motor race

The Paris–Rouen, Le Petit Journal Competition for Horseless Carriages was the world’s first city to city motoring competition. Staring in Paris and ending in Rouen, the race was organized by the newspaper Le Petit Journal.

Famous Birthdays

Births On This Day, July 22

1992: Selena Gomez, American actress, singer

1969: Despina Vandi, German/Greek singer, actress

1965: Shawn Michaels, American wrestler

1946: Danny Glover, American actor

1923: The Fabulous Moolah, American wrestler

Heartbreaking Deaths

Deaths On This Day, July 22

2007: Ulrich Mühe, German actor

1995: Harold Larwood, English cricketer

1950: William Lyon Mackenzie King, Canadian politician, 10th Prime Minister of Canada

1934: John Dillinger, American bank robber, murderer

1916: James Whitcomb Riley, American poet

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