Summary
April 22 is a significant date in various sectors, including environmental issues, technological advancements, and historical events. Highlights include the establishment of Earth Day, the first Arbor Day, and the release of the World Wide Web for public use. Additionally, the day marks the launch of DisneyNature, the signing of the Paris Agreement, and the recognition of kindness and creativity through national and international celebrations.
28 Fun facts
  1. International Earth Day is celebrated on April 22nd every year. It was first held in 1970, as a day for promoting environmental awareness and encouraging the protection of our planet.
  2. On April 22, 1823, Charles Macintosh, a Scottish chemist, patented the waterproof fabric used in making rainproof coats. The fact that his invention is so commonly used today makes it important.
  3. The first Arbor Day in the United States took place on April 22, 1872, in Nebraska City, Nebraska. It was initiated by Julius Sterling Morton, who encouraged tree planting and environmental awareness.
  4. The Oklahoma Land Rush began on April 22, 1889, when the U.S. government opened up 2 million acres of land for settlement. Around 50,000 people participated in the event to claim their piece of land.
  5. On April 22, 1993, the World Wide Web was made accessible to the public. This marked the beginning of an era in which the internet became a vital part of everyday life across the globe.
  6. In 1994, the first South African election open to all racial groups took place on April 22. This historic event led to the end of apartheid and the election of Nelson Mandela as president.
  7. On April 22, 2000, the "Big Number Change" occurred in the United Kingdom, wherein London's telephone dialing codes changed. The 0207 and 0208 codes were introduced to replace the old 0171 and 0181 codes.
  8. On April 22, 2004, a double-decker bus took a historic journey from Lahore, Pakistan, to Amritsar, India. It was the first direct bus service between the two countries since their independence in 1947.
  9. April 22, 2005, marked an important day for the music world as the inaugural Stagecoach Music Festival was held in Indio, California. The festival is now considered one of the largest country music events in the world.
  10. On April 22, 2008, DisneyNature, a division of Walt Disney Studios, was launched. DisneyNature focuses on creating nature-related documentary films to raise awareness about the environment.
  11. On April 22, 2015, NASA's Messenger spacecraft crash-landed on Mercury after completing its mission. The spacecraft was the first human-made object to orbit and explore the planet.
  12. On April 22, 2016, the Paris Agreement, a historic treaty to combat climate change, was signed by 174 countries at the United Nations headquarters in New York. The treaty aimed to curb global warming and its impact on the environment.
  13. Brazil's National Indian Day is celebrated every year on April 22. The day commemorates the Brazilian indigenous peoples and their contribution to the country's history and cultural heritage.
  14. The first National Jelly Bean Day was celebrated in the United States on April 22, 1980. The tradition continues, as people celebrate the popular candy each year.
  15. On April 22, 1977, Optical Fiber was first used to transmit visible light. This paved the way for advancements in fiber optic technology and communication methods.
  16. On April 22, 1978, an asteroid was discovered by Russian astronomers Nikolai Chernykh and Lyudmila Chernykh. The asteroid was named "2405 Welch," after American astronomer David Welch.
  17. On April 22, 1970, the first official game at Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania took place. The Pittsburgh Pirates faced the Cincinnati Reds in a Major League Baseball game.
  18. The first female astronaut, Sally Ride, was announced by NASA on April 22, 1982. She served as a mission specialist on the Space Shuttle Challenger, breaking barriers for women in space exploration.
  19. April 22, 1998, marked the first day that the euro was accepted as the official currency of France. Today, it is the official currency of 19 European countries.
  20. On April 22, 1930, the London Underground's Northern line was extended from Clapham Common to Morden in South London. This addition made it one of the longest underground lines in the world.
  21. In 1933, Edwin Hubble identified the Hubble's Law, a fundamental concept in physical cosmology, on April 22. This principle describes the expansion of the universe over time.
  22. On April 22, 1985, Coca-Cola introduced “New Coke,” which was intended to replace the original formula. However, consumer backlash led to the reintroduction of the original formula within three months.
  23. April 22, 1990, marked the first “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day” in the United States. The annual event encourages children to explore potential career paths by exposing them to various workplaces.
  24. On April 22, 1997, Peruvian special forces successfully ended a hostage crisis at the Japanese ambassador’s residence in Lima. The operation freed all 72 hostages and eliminated all 14 captors.
  25. In Finland, April 22 is "National Kindness Day." Citizens observe the day by performing random acts of kindness towards one another.
  26. On April 22, 1946, the first flight of the McDonnell FH Phantom, an early jet fighter for the United States Navy, took place. The aircraft played a significant role in jet aviation history.
  27. Canadian National Poetry Month was established in 1998 and takes place annually in April. April 22 is recognized as a day to celebrate poetry across the nation.
  28. On April 22, 1913, the first game was played at Chicago's iconic baseball stadium, Wrigley Field. The park is best known as the home of the Chicago Cubs.