A Brief History
This article presents a chronological list of notable events that happened on April 22nd. For each date below, please click on the date to be taken to an article covering that date’s event.
On April 22, 1915, the Imperial German Army used chlorine gas in large quantities for the first time at Ypres, in Belgium, targeting French colonial troops.
On April 22, 1944, the China-Burma-India Theater of World War II (CBI) was the scene of the first ever use of a helicopter in a combat zone.
On April 22, 1983, the world was shocked to hear that the Diaries of Nazi leader Adolf Hitler had allegedly been found.
On April 22, 2005, Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi issued an apology regarding Japan’s conduct during World War II, saying, “In the past, Japan, through its colonial rule and aggression, caused tremendous damage and suffering to the people of many countries, particularly to those of Asian nations. Sincerely facing these facts of history, I once again express my feelings of deep remorse and heartfelt apology, and also express the feelings of mourning for all victims, both at home and abroad, in the war. I am determined not to allow the lessons of that horrible war to erode, and to contribute to the peace and prosperity of the world without ever again waging a war.”
On April 22, 2019, Clevelanders and people in American cities of Polish or Slavic heritage across the country celebrated the Slavic Holiday called Dyngus Day, a relatively new holiday to Cleveland, although its European roots go back to the 15th Century.
On April 22, 2020, the pandemic of the COVID-19, or SARS-CoV-2, or better known as “coronavirus,” claimed another victim, as reported by the Cincinnati Enquirer, in this case the venerable Urbana University, an Ohio college that was only the second institute of higher learning in Ohio to admit women as students alongside men.
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For more information, please see…
Andrews, John and Matt Baker. Timeline of World History. Thunder Bay Press, 2020.
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