On This Day In History, 22 April

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World Events Today

  • The Portuguese explorer Pedro Álvares Cabral, discovered and laid claim to the sovereignty of Brazil today in 1500
  • After his father Henry VII died the previous day, the 17 year old Henry VIII, took over as King of England today in 1509
  • The German Army successfully used Chemical weapons for the first time today in 1915, they used chlorine gas at the Second Battle of Ypres in Belgium

Entertainment Events Today

  • Claire Squires, 30 year old, collapsed and died in the final mile of the London Marathon today in 2012, she became the 10th runner to die since the race began in 1981
  • After just 10 months in charge, David Moyes was sacked as the manager of the English Football club Manchester United today in 2014
  • The American superhero movie Avengers: Endgame, the fourth in the sequence of the Avengers movies, premiered in Los Angeles today in 2019

Family Events Today

  • The American physicist Julius Robert Oppenheimer, sometimes referred to as the “father of the atomic bomb”, was born today in 1904 in New York
  • The English actor George Cole, best known for playing Arthur Daley in the long-running British comedy-drama series Minder, was born today in 1925 in Reading
  • John Joseph Nicholson, better known as the American actor Jack Nicholson, who starred in many movies, including Chinatown and Terms of Endearment, was born today in 1937

Main Event Today

  • The first ever Earth Day, an annual worldwide event to demonstrate support for environmental protection, was held today in 1970

National Day Today

  • Today, it’s National Jellybean Day

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