History of 22 July
1926 – Babe Ruth caught a baseball at Mitchell Field in New York. The ball had been dropped from an airplane flying at 250 feet.
1933 – Wiley Post ended his around-the-world flight. He had traveled 15,596 miles in 7 days, 18 hours and 45 minutes.
1937 – The U.S. Senate rejected President Roosevelt’s proposal to add more justices to the Supreme Court.
1943 – American forces led by General George S. Patton captured Palermo, Sicily.
1941 – Plans for the Pentagon were presented to the House Subcommittee on Appropriations.
1955 – U.S. Vice-President Richard M. Nixon chaired a cabinet meeting in Washington, DC. It was the first time that a Vice-President had carried out the task.
1965 – “Till Death Us Do Part” debuted on England’s BBC-TV.
1975 – Confederate General Robert E. Lee had his U.S. citizenship restored by the U.S. Congress.
1987 – The U.S. began its policy of escorting re-flagged Kuwaiti tankers up and down the Persian Gulf to protect them from possible attack by Iran.
1998 – Iran tested medium-range missiles, capable of reaching Israel or Saudi Arabia.
2000 – Astronomers at the University of Arizona announced that they had found a 17th moon orbiting Jupiter.
2003 – In northern Iraq, Saddam Hussein’s sons Odai and Qusai died after a gunfight with U.S. forces.
2003 – In Paris, France, a fire broke out near the top of the Eiffel Tower. About 4,000 visitors were evacuated and no injuries were reported.
2004 – The September 11 commission’s final report was released. The 575-page report concluded that hijackers exploited “deep institutional failings within our government.” The report was released to White House officials the day before.
2009 – The longest total solar eclipse of the 21st century, lasting up to 6 minutes and 38.8 seconds, occurred over parts of Asia and the Pacific Ocean.
2011 – 2011 Norway attacks: first a bomb blast that targeted government buildings in central Oslo, followed by a massacre at a youth camp on the island of Utøya.
2013 – 2013 Dingxi earthquakes, a series of earthquakes in Dingxi, China, kills at least 89 people and injures more than 500 others.
Celebrating Birthday Today
1982 – Nuwan Kulasekara, Sri Lankan cricketer
1983 – Aldo de Nigris, Mexican footballer
1983 – Andreas Ulvo, Norwegian pianist
1984 – Stewart Downing, English footballer
1985 – Takudzwa Ngwenya, Zimbabwean-American rugby player
1985 – Akira Tozawa, Japanese wrestler
1986 – Steve Johnson, American football player
1987 – Charlotte Kalla, Swedish skier
1988 – Thomas Kraft, German footballer
1988 – Sercan Temizyürek, Turkish footballer
1989 – Keegan Allen, American actor, photographer and musician
1991 – Matty James, English footballer
1992 – Anja Aguilar, Filipino actress, and singer
1992 – Selena Gomez, American singer, and actress
1993 – Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, Kyrgyzstani-American terrorist
1994 – Jaz Sinclair, American film and television actress
1995 – Ezekiel Elliott, American football player
1995 – Armaan Malik, Indian playback singer, composer and songwriter
1996 – Skyler Gisondo, American actor
2002 – Prince Felix of Denmark
2013 – Prince George of Cambridge