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April 22: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Facts & Historic Events That Happened on April 22

Today is Earth Day, a day of education about environmental issues. April 22nd is also celebrated as World Stationery Day and Jelly Bean Day.

Today marks the 112th day of the year. We’re slowly getting through the year, but still have 253 days left until the end of the year.

If you were born on April 22nd, your star sign is Taurus.

April 22 was an interesting one throughout history. It’s a day for war, peace, ballet, theft, sports, and so much more.

Did you know that on this day in 1529, Spain and Portugal signed the Treaty of Saragossa? This meant they agreed to each have one half of the world to explore and trade in.

Keep reading for more facts about April 22nd in history!

What Happened On April 22 In History?


President Richard Nixon died of a stroke at the age of 81.

Source Politico

Michael Moorer claimed the heavyweight boxing title after smashing Evander Holyfield in Paradise, Nevada, US.


Thieves stole $3.3 million from the First National Bank of Arizona in Tucson.

It was the largest robbery in US history at the time.
Source UPI

20 million Americans mobilized to call for greater protections for our planet. This became the world’s first Earth Day.

At the time, 20 million people was equal to 10% of the US population.

Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini met in Salzburg, Austria.


General Laborer Thomas Stevens started his first bicycle trip around the world.

OTD in 1884: General Laborer Thomas Stevens started his first bicycle trip around the world.
The journey took 2 years and 9 months.

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky composed his “Swan Lake” ballet.

OTD in 1876: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky composed his "Swan Lake" ballet.

The US Congress passed legislation that allowed the “In God We Trust” inscription on the currency.

The inscription was added to one-cent and two-cent coins. The legislation is known as the Coinage Act of 1864.

Edward & Sarah Bishop and seven others were examined by Magistrates in Salem, Massachusetts, US for witchcraft.


Spain and Portugal signed the Treaty of Saragossa.

It extended the line from the Treaty of Tordesillas to fully divide the world in half between the two colonial powers.

The final gasps of the the Crab Head nebula were observed as it went supernova.