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On this day in history - September 22

What Happened On This Day – September 22

  • 1980 Iran-Iraq War begins with Iraq invading Iran

    It is thought to be one of the 20th century's deadliest and longest conventional war. It ended 7 years later with no decisive victory and massive losses, both in terms of human lives and in terms of economy to both sides.

  • 1979 The American-run Vela satellite detects a series of bright flashes over the Indian Ocean

    The flashes were thought to be associated with atmospheric nuclear explosions. Some experts theorized that they were caused by joint Israeli and South African nuclear exercises. The governments of both countries denied this and to date it hasn't been confirmed whether the flashes were indeed nuclear explosions, and who was responsible for them.

  • 1975 Assassination attempt on US President Gerald Ford is foiled

    FBI informant Sara Jane Moore's attempt to assassinate the president in San Francisco failed due to a faulty gun and the efforts of ex-FBI agent Oliver Sipple who tackled her.

  • 1960 Mali Federation becomes Mali

    In August 1960, Senegal opted out of the Mali Federation allowing the federation to take on the name of Mali.

  • 1869 Richard Wagner's opera Das Rheingold or The Rhine Gold is heard for the first time

    The first of 4 musical works of art that constitute Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen, Das Rheingold was played at the National Theatre in Munich. The other three music dramas are Die Walküre or The Valkyrie, Siegfried, and Götterdämmerung or Twilight of the Gods.

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Births On This Day,
September 22

  • 1964 Liam Fox

    Scottish politician

  • 1958 Andrea Bocelli

    Italian tenor, songwriter, producer

  • 1902 Ruhollah Khomeini

    Iranian religious leader, politician, 1st Supreme Leader of Iran

  • 1791 Michael Faraday

    English scientist

  • 1515 Anne of Cleves

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Deaths On This Day,
September 22

  • 2015 Yogi Berra

    American baseball player, manager

  • 2007 Marcel Marceau

    French mime, actor

  • 1989 Irving Berlin

    American composer

  • 1961 Marion Davies

    American actress

  • 1828 Shaka

    Zulu leader