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On this day in history - July 22

What Happened On This Day – July 22

  • 2011 Lone wolf extremist goes on a massacre in Norway

    Anders Behring Breivik an anti-Islamist extremist placed a car bomb in front of the Norwegian Prime Minister's office in Oslo. A few hours after the bomb exploded, killing 8 people and injuring about 200 others, Breivik opened fire at a youth summer camp at the island of Utøya killing 69 participants. This was the deadliest incident of violence in the Scandinavian country since the Second World War.

  • 2003 Raid in Mosul

    A raid on a compound near Mosul, Iraq by United States Army 101st Airborne Division ended with the deaths of killing Saddam Hussein's sons Uday and Qusay and Qusay's 14-year old son.

  • 1983 First solo helicopter flight around the world

    Australian Dick Smith became the first person to fly a helicopter around the world solo. He started his trip in August, 1982 and it took him around a year to finish his trip.

  • 1933 American aviator Wiley Post becomes the first person to fly solo around the Earth

    Post landed on Floyd Bennett Field in New York 7 days after he departed alone from the same airfield in a Lockheed Vega aircraft known as Winnie Mae.

  • 1894 World's first competitive motor race

    The Paris–Rouen, Le Petit Journal Competition for Horseless Carriages was the world's first city to city motoring competition. Staring in Paris and ending in Rouen, the race was organized by the newspaper Le Petit Journal.

Illustration of stork, signifying birth

Births On This Day,
July 22

  • 1992 Selena Gomez

    American actress, singer

  • 1969 Despina Vandi

    German/Greek singer, actress

  • 1965 Shawn Michaels

    American wrestler

  • 1946 Danny Glover

    American actor

  • 1923 The Fabulous Moolah

    American wrestler

Illustration of tombstone, signifying death

Deaths On This Day,
July 22

  • 2007 Ulrich Mühe

    German actor

  • 1995 Harold Larwood

    English cricketer

  • 1950 William Lyon Mackenzie King

    Canadian politician, 10th Prime Minister of Canada

  • 1934 John Dillinger

    American bank robber, murderer

  • 1916 James Whitcomb Riley

    American poet