On This Day In History, 22 June


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World Events Today

  • The coronation of George V, the King of the United Kingdom and Emperor of India, took place today in 1911
  • Operation Barbarossa started today in 1941, it marked the start of the World War II Nazi German invasion of the Soviet Union
  • Virgin Atlantic flew its first flight today in 1984, it was from Gatwick Airport in the United Kingdom to Newark Airport in the United States

Entertainment Events Today

  • The Walt Disney animated adventure movie The Rescuers was released today in 1977, it would become the first animated Disney movie to have a sequel when The Rescuers Down Under was released in 1990
  • The American tennis player John McEnroe, known for his quick-fire temper, had his “You cannot be serious” outburst at Wimbledon today in 1981
  • The Argentinian footballer Diego Maradona, scored his “Hand of God” goal today in 1986, it was in a World Cup Quarter Final match against England

Family Events Today

  • The English comedy writer, journalist and radio DJ Danny Baker, whose career has spanned 5 decades, was born today in 1957 in London
  • The American author Dan Brown, best known for his thriller novels such as Angels and Demons and The Da Vinci Code, was born today in 1964 in New Hampshire
  • The American entertainer Fred Astaire, whose career spanned over 70 years, died today in 1987 aged 88

Main Event Today

  • The Battle of Okinawa in Japan, a major battle of World War II, ended today in 1945, it was a key victory for the United States and its allies

National Day Today

  • Today, it’s National Chocolate Eclair Day

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