Today's Holidays for April 22
Earth Day Celebrating the Earth and environment.
Today's History Trivia for April 22
1994 First left-handing heavyweight boxing champ Michael Moorer defeats Evander Holyfield for the title.
1992 Mexican Sewer Explosion A Series of explosions in the Guadalajara, Mexico sewer system flattened buildings, hurled cars into air, and killed more than 200 people.
1986 First genetically altered virus to be released into the environment is approved by the Department of Agriculture. It was to fight a form of herpes affecting swine.
1976 First woman anchor of a network TV news program is hired, Barbara Walters for ABC's Evening News. She was given a 5-year contract at $1,000,000 a year.
1969 The Beatles John Lennon changes his middle name from Winston to Ono.
1954 McCarthyism Sen. Joseph McCarthy begins televised hearings of alleged Communist activity.
1952 First televised atomic bomb explosion The US explodes a bomb in Nevada, allowing the image to transmitted coast to coast.
1946 A Brazilian woman delivers 10 babies Tying the record for the highest number of babies for a single pregnancy. Source: Guinness Book of World Records
1915 First large scale chemical warfare German forces release 168 tons of chlorine gas, killing 5,000.
1903 First light-heavyweight boxing championship Jack Root beats Charles "Kid" McCoy by points.
1876 Baseball - First National League Game Boston Red Stockings beat Philadelphia Athletics 6-5. Source: Famous First Facts
1864 In God We Trust First U.S. currency so inscribed, a 2-cent coin.
Today's Birthdays for April 22
1961 Byron Allen American comedian.
1959 Catherine Mary Stewart Canadian actress, Kayla Brady of Days of Our Lives.
1952 Marilyn Chambers d. 2009 (Marilyn Ann Briggs), American porn star. Film: Behind the Green Door (1972). She was the teenage mother on the Ivory Snow soap box. She also did spots for Pepsi and Clairol, had a minor role in The Owl and the Pussycat (1970) and was a Junior Olympics diver and gymnast.
1950 Peter Frampton British guitarist. Music: Frampton Comes Alive (1976), the all-time best-selling live pop album.
1937 Jack Nicholson American actor. Film: Easy Rider (1969), The Last Detail (1973), Chinatown (1974), One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975, Oscar), The Shining (1980, "Here's Johnny"), and Batman (1989, The Joker).
1936 Glen Campbell American singer, five-time Grammy-winner. Music: Gentle on My Mind (1967), Wichita Lineman (1968), and Rhinestone Cowboy (1975). Film True Grit (1969).
1926 Charlotte Rae American actress. TV: Diff'rent Stroke (Edna) and Facts of Life (Edna).
1923 Aaron Spelling d. 2006 American TV and film producer. TV: Charlie's Angels, The Love Boat, Fantasy Island, Dynasty, Beverly Hills 90210, and Melrose Place.
1909 Ralph Byrd d. 1952 American actor. Dick Tracy of the movies and TV series.
1906 Eddie Albert d. 2005 (Edward Albert Heimberger), American actor. TV: Green Acres (Oliver Wendell Douglas).
1904 J. Robert Oppenheimer d. 1967 American physicist. "father of the atom bomb." He predicted the existence of rapidly rotating neutron stars (1938), black holes (1939), and directed the lab that perfected the atom bomb (1943-45).
1881 Neal Ball d. 1957 (Cornelius Ball), American baseball shortstop. He made the first major-league unassisted triple play (1909).
1870 Vladimir Lenin d. 1924 (Vladimir Ilich Ulyanov), Russian revolutionary, founder of the Soviet Union (1917).
1724 Immanuel Kant d. 1804 German philosopher, founder of critical philosophy.
Deaths for April 22
Richard Milhous Nixon
37th U.S. President (1969-74) and 36th U.S. Vice-President (1953-61).
2002 Linda Lovelace b. 1949 (Linda Susan Boreman), American porn star. Film: Deep Throat (1972, one of the highest-grossing porn films of all time). In her biography Ordeal she claimed she was forced into porn performances by her abusive husband. In later life, she became an anti-pornography spokeswoman.
1996 Erma Louise Bombeck b. 1927 American columnist, author. Quote: "Insanity is hereditary. You can catch it from your kids."
1995 Maggie Kuhn b. 1905 American executive, founder of the Gray Panthers (1970).
1983 Earl "Fatha" Hines b. 1905 American jazz pianist, "Father of Modern Jazz Piano." Music: My Monday Date, Caution Blues, Fifty-Seven Varieties, and Rosetta.
1949 Charles Middleton b. 1874 American actor. Film: Flash Gordon series (1936-40, Ming the Merciless).
1946 Lionel Atwill b. 1885 British horror actor. Film: Doctor X (1932, title role), The Mystery of the Wax Museum (1933, disfigured sculptor), and Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon (1943, Professor Moriarty).
1933 Sir Frederick Henry Royce b. 1863 English auto maker, co-founder of Rolls-Royce automobile company (1904).
1669 Richard Mather b. 1596 Puritan clergyman. He, John Eliot and 28 other ministers created the Bay Psalm Book (1640), the first book printed in America in English.
1616 Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra b. 1547 Spanish author. Writings: Don Quixote (1605).
536 Saint Agapitus I b. ???? Italian religious leader, 57th Pope (535-536).
296 Saint Caius b. ???? religious leader, 28th Pope (283-296).