28 fun facts for January, 22

Discover dozens of fun facts for this special day. Read the summary for a quick recap on what happened.
January 22nd is a fascinating day with significant events throughout history, such as the founding of the Swiss Guard in 1506, the first commercial Boeing 747 flight in 1970, and the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons' entry into force in 2021. Moreover, this day marks intriguing birthdays like Lord Byron's in 1788 and National Blonde Brownie Day in the United States.
28 Fun facts
  1. In 1506, on January 22nd, the first contingent of 150 Swiss Guards arrived at the Vatican, establishing the founding of the Swiss Guard. Today, the Swiss Guard remains a small but historic branch of the military responsible for the security of the Pope.
  2. In 1788, George Gordon Byron, a British poet and politician, was born on January 22nd. The 6th Baron Byron, also known as Lord Byron, was a leading figure in the Romantic movement and is best known for his narrative poems such as "Don Juan" and "Childe Harold's Pilgrimage."
  3. On January 22nd, 1808, the first edition of the historical novel "The Scottish Chiefs" by Jane Porter was published. The story is set in the time of the Scottish Wars of Independence, focusing on the life of Sir William Wallace and the struggles against the English.
  4. January 22nd marks National Blonde Brownie Day in the United States, which celebrates the delicious dessert variant. Blonde brownies, or "blondies," are made with brown sugar instead of cocoa, giving them a butterscotch flavor instead of the traditional chocolate taste.
  5. On January 22nd, 1840, the Act of Union was proclaimed, which merged the colonies of Upper and Lower Canada into the Province of Canada. The new administrative division was a precursor to the present-day country of Canada.
  6. On January 22nd, 1858, Frederick Albert Cook, an American explorer and physician, was born. Cook is known for making a disputed claim to have reached the North Pole on April 21, 1908, a year before Robert Peary.
  7. In 1863, January 22nd marked the birth of David Hilbert, a German mathematician. Hilbert made groundbreaking contributions to many areas of mathematics including functional analysis, algebraic number theory, and the foundations of geometry.
  8. On January 22nd, 1879, the British and Zulu armies clashed at the Battle of Isandlwana in present-day South Africa. The Zulu army emerged victorious in this encounter, with the British suffering over 1,300 casualties.
  9. In 1901, Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom passed away on January 22nd. Her reign, which lasted 63 years, is the second longest in British history.
  10. On January 22nd, 1905, the Bloody Sunday Massacre in St. Petersburg, Russia, saw more than 100 peaceful protesters killed by Russian soldiers. This event marked the start of the Russian Revolution of 1905.
  11. In 1924, Ramsay MacDonald became the first Labour Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on January 22nd. MacDonald was one of the founding members of the British Labour Party and was a key figure in its early success.
  12. On January 22nd, 1947, KTLA, the first commercial television station west of the Mississippi River, began broadcasting in Los Angeles, California. The station has a long history in the television industry and still operates today.
  13. In 1953, the Arthur Miller drama, "The Crucible," dealing with the Salem witch trials, premiered on Broadway on January 22nd. The play is regarded as a classic of American theater and has been revived numerous times.
  14. On January 22nd, 1968, the musical film "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In" premiered on NBC. The film featured a diverse cast, including Sammy Davis Jr., and was a parody of other primetime TV shows of the time.
  15. In 1970, the first commercial Boeing 747 flight took place on January 22nd, with Pan American World Airways flying from New York to London. The 747 revolutionized air travel, providing a more spacious and comfortable experience for passengers.
  16. On January 22nd, 1973, the United States Supreme Court, in the landmark decision Roe v. Wade, legalized abortion in the first trimester of pregnancy. The decision remains a controversial and widely debated topic.
  17. In 1984, Apple aired its famous "1984" Super Bowl commercial on January 22nd. The ad, which introduced the Macintosh computer, is considered one of the most memorable and groundbreaking commercials in advertising history.
  18. On January 22nd, 1998, Theodore Kaczynski, also known as the Unabomber, was sentenced in a US court to life in prison without parole. Kaczynski was convicted for a series of mail bombings that killed three and injured more than 20 others.
  19. January 22nd, 2002, marked the first landing of a spacecraft on an asteroid. The Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous (NEAR) Shoemaker spacecraft touched down on the asteroid Eros, providing valuable information on the composition and structure of asteroids.
  20. On January 22nd, 2003, the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reported that 2002 was the second warmest year on record, highlighting the growing concern of global warming and climate change.
  21. In 2006, on January 22nd, Evo Morales was inaugurated as the first indigenous President of Bolivia. Morales' presidency focused on improving social welfare and reducing inequality in the country.
  22. On January 22nd, 2008, Heath Ledger, an Australian actor known for his roles in "Brokeback Mountain" and "The Dark Knight," was found dead in his New York City apartment. Ledger's untimely death at the age of 28 shocked Hollywood and fans alike.
  23. January 22nd, 2009 marked the first time that a European spacecraft, the ESA's Huygens probe, successfully landed on the surface of Saturn's moon, Titan. The probe revealed valuable data about the moon's atmosphere and surface conditions.
  24. On January 22nd, 2011, protesters took to the streets in Albania to demand the resignation of Prime Minister Sali Berisha, amid corruption allegations. The protests marked the beginning of a political crisis in the Balkan country.
  25. In 2012, Joe Paterno, the legendary college football coach at Pennsylvania State University, passed away on January 22nd. Paterno was the most successful coach in college football history but was also embroiled in a child abuse scandal.
  26. On January 22nd, 2016, Netflix announced its expansion into 130 new countries, making its streaming service available to a global audience. This move led to the company becoming one of the world's leading entertainment platforms.
  27. January 22nd, 2018, marked the beginning of the 48th annual World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. The event brought together political and business leaders from around the globe to discuss pressing economic issues and global challenges.
  28. On January 22nd, 2021, the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons officially came into force. The ground-breaking treaty, negotiated by the United Nations, aims to rid the world of nuclear weapons and usher in an era of nuclear disarmament.