22nd April

Born on this Day 22nd April
1870 Vladimir Ilich Ulyanov (aka Lenin)
1904 Robert Oppenheimer
1916 Yehudi (Lord) Menuhin
1908 Eddie Albert
1925 George Cole
1937 Jack Nicholson
1950 Peter Frampton
1960 Gary Rhodes
1960 Lloyd Honeyghan

Died on this Day
1883 Richard Trevithick
1983 Earl Hines
2002 Linda Lovelace


1972 Elton John’s ‘Rocket Man’ entered the Uk singles chart.

1975 Franki Valli,former lead singer with the Four Seasons, was at No. 1 in the US with ‘My Eyes Adored You’.

1990 750,000 fans attended the ‘Earth Day’ show in New York’s Central Park featuring stars including the B52’s, Edie Brickell, Hall & Oates and Ben E King.


1992 Frank Bruno, in his second professional fight since his defeat by Mike Tyson, knocked out the American Jose Ribalta in the second round of their bout at Wembley Arena.

People & Showbiz

1995 A Liverpool welder discovered a Beatles’ tape in the attic of his house- one of the earliest recordings they made.

General Events

1838 The British ship Sirius reached New York to become the first to cross the Atlantic under steam power.

1889 At 12 o’clock noon, a single gunshot signalled the start of the Oklahoma landrush and thousands of settlers rushed to claim territory in the 1,900,000 acres of landthe federal government had been put under pressure from cattlemen to buy from the Creek and Seminole tribes.

1915 Poison gas was used by the Germans for the first time, on the Western front at Ypres.

1995 The defence secretary Malcolm Rifkind warned that Labour’s plan to lift the ban on homosexuals in the Armed Forces would undermine morale.

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