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On this day in history - November 22

What Happened On This Day – November 22

  • 2005 Angela Merkel takes office as German Chancellor

    The physical chemist from former East Germany became the first female chancellor of the country.

  • 2004 Orange Revolution begins in Ukraine

    The revolution began after an election that was marred by widespread rumors of corruption and fraud. The protests resulted in electoral reforms in the country and November 22 was declared a Day of Freedom in 2005. The holiday was then moved to January 22 in 2011.

  • 1995 Toy Story released

    Produced by Pixar, the movie which follows the adventures of human-like toys, was the world’s first feature-length computer-animated movie. Considered to be one of the best animated films every released, Toy story won 3 Oscars including Best Original Screenplay, Best Original Score, and Best Original Song.

  • 1986 Mike Tyson wins fight against Trevor Berbick

    The victory won Tyson the World Boxing Council (WBC) heavyweight championship and made him world’s youngest heavyweight champion at the age of 20 years.

  • 1963 John F. Kennedy assassinated

    The 35th President of the United States was shot by Lee Harvey Oswald, while traveling in a motorcade in Dallas, Texas. He was the 4th American president to be assassinated while in office. The other 3 were Abraham Lincoln, James Abram Garfield, and William McKinley.

Illustration of stork, signifying birth

Births On This Day,
November 22

  • 1986 Oscar Pistorius

    South African sprinter

  • 1984 Scarlett Johansson

    American actress, singer

  • 1967 Boris Becker

    German tennis player

  • 1890 Charles de Gaulle

    French general, politician, President of France

  • 1819 George Eliot

    English author

Illustration of tombstone, signifying death

Deaths On This Day,
November 22

  • 1963 Aldous Huxley

    English author

  • 1963 John F. Kennedy

    American lieutenant, politician, 35th President of the United States

  • 1963 C. S. Lewis

    Irish author, poet

  • 1900 Arthur Sullivan

    English composer

  • 1718 Blackbeard

    English pirate