Date History - On this day in history

Historical events for this day in history

Events on this day - November 22nd

498 - After the death of Anastasius II, Symmachus is elected pope in the Lateran Palace, while Laurentius is elected pope in Santa Maria Maggiore.

2005 - The Xbox 360 is released in North America.

2005 - Ted Koppel retires after hosting Nightline for over 26 years.

2005 - Angela Merkel became the first female Chancellor of Germany

2004 - The Orange Revolution begins in Ukraine, resulting from the presidential elections.

2003 - The Heritage Classic, the first outdoor hockey game in the history of the NHL, is played in Edmonton, Alberta

2003 - In Tbilisi, Georgia, opponents of President Eduard Shevardnadze seize the parliament building and demand the president's resignation.

2003 - England defeat Australia to win England's first rugby union world cup.

2002 - In Nigeria, more than 100 people are killed at an attack aimed at the contestants of the Miss World contest.

1999 - Wayne Gretzky is inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame, his number 99 permanently retired by the NHL.

1990 - Margaret Thatcher resigns as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

1989 - In West Beirut, a bomb explodes near the motorcade of Lebanese President Rene Moawad, killing him.

1988 - In Palmdale, California, the first prototype B-2 Spirit stealth bomber is revealed.

1986 - Boxing: Mike Tyson knocks out Trevor Berbick in the second round, becoming the youngest world heavyweight champion at the age of 20 years and 4 months.

1977 - British Airways inaugurates a regular London to New York City supersonic Concorde service.

1975 - Juan Carlos is declared King of Spain following the death of Francisco Franco.

1974 - The United Nations General Assembly grants the Palestine Liberation Organization observer status.

1972 - Vietnam War: The United States loses its first B-52 Stratofortress of the war.

1968 - The Beatles release the double-album The Beatles, commonly known as The White Album.

1967 - UN Security Council Resolution 242 is adopted by the UN Security Council, establishing a set of the principles aimed at guiding negotiations for an Arab-Israeli peace settlement.

1963 - John F. Kennedy assassination: In Dallas, Texas, US President John F. Kennedy is assassinated and Texas Governor John B. Connally is seriously wounded. Later the same day, US Vice-President Lyndon B. Johnson is sworn in as the 36th President o

1943 - World War II: War in the Pacific - U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, and Chinese leader Chiang Kai-Shek meet in Cairo, Egypt, to discuss ways to defeat Japan (see Cairo Conference)

1943 - Lebanon gains independence from France.

1942 - World War II: Battle of Stalingrad - General Friedrich von Paulus sends Adolf Hitler a telegram saying that the German 6th army is surrounded.

1940 - World War II: Following the Italian invasion, Greek troops advance into Albanian soil and liberate Korytsa.

1935 - The China Clipper takes off from Alameda, California in an attempt to deliver the first airmail cargo across thePacific Ocean (the airplane later reached its destination, Manila, and delivered over 110,000 pieces of mail).

1922 - Egyptology: Howard Carter, assisted by Lord Carnarvon, opens the tomb of Tutankhamun.

1917 - In Montreal, Canada, the National Hockey Association breaks up (on November 26 it was replaced with the National Hockey League).

1880 - Vaudeville actress Lillian Ruell makes her debut at Tony Pastor's Theatre in New York City.

1864 - American Civil War: Sherman's March to the Sea: Confederate General John Bell Hood invades Tennessee in an unsuccessful attempt to draw Union General William T. Sherman from Georgia.

1830 - Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey became Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

1718 - Off the coast of North Carolina, British pirate Edward Teach (best known as "Blackbeard") is killed in battle with a boarding party led by Lieutenant Robert Maynard.

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