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.
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
Deaths On This Day – November 22
1963 Aldous Huxley
1963 John F. Kennedy
American lieutenant, politician, 35th President of the United States
1963 C. S. Lewis
Irish author, poet
1900 Arthur Sullivan