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22 Apr
1985
The trial opened in Argentina of nine former leaders of the military junta, including General Leopoldo GaltieriThe trial opened in Argentina of nine former leaders of the military junta, including General Leopoldo Galtieri
33 years ago
22 Apr
1984
Britain broke off diplomatic relations with Libya following the murder of London policewoman Yvonne Fletcher and ordered all Libyan embassy staff to leave within seven daysBritain broke off diplomatic relations with Libya following the murder of London policewoman Yvonne Fletcher and ordered all Libyan embassy staff to leave within seven days
34 years ago
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22 Apr
1984
Scientists announced they had isolated the virus that causes AIDS. AIDS, or Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, weakens the immune system, leaving its victims vulnerable to a…Scientists announced they had isolated the virus that causes AIDS. AIDS, or Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, weakens the immune system, leaving its victims vulnerable to a series of wasting diseases
34 years ago
22 Apr
1983
Australia expelled the First Secretary of the Soviet Embassy, Valery IvanovAustralia expelled the First Secretary of the Soviet Embassy, Valery Ivanov
35 years ago
22 Apr
1983
£1 coins went into circulation in Britain to replace the £1 note£1 coins went into circulation in Britain to replace the £1 note
35 years ago
22 Apr
1983
Lech Walesa, leader of Poland's Solidarity trade union, returned to work at the Gdansk shipyard following his detention by the authorities in December 1981Lech Walesa, leader of Poland's Solidarity trade union, returned to work at the Gdansk shipyard following his detention by the authorities in December 1981
35 years ago
22 Apr
1977
Optical fibre was first used to carry live telephone traffic, revolutionising the telecommunications industryOptical fibre was first used to carry live telephone traffic, revolutionising the telecommunications industry
41 years ago
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22 Apr
1972
British rowers John Fairfax and Sylvia Cook became the first people to row across the Pacific Ocean, landing safely on Queensland’s Hayman Island after leaving San Francisco…British rowers John Fairfax and Sylvia Cook became the first people to row across the Pacific Ocean, landing safely on Queensland’s Hayman Island after leaving San Francisco almost a year earlier
46 years ago
22 Apr
1969
British yachtsman Robin Knox-Johnston sailed into Falmouth, England, after completing the first solo non-stop circumnavigation of the globe in just 312 daysBritish yachtsman Robin Knox-Johnston sailed into Falmouth, England, after completing the first solo non-stop circumnavigation of the globe in just 312 days
49 years ago
22 Apr
1964
Greville Wynne, a British businessman imprisoned in Moscow in 1963 on spying charges, was exchanged for Soviet spy Gordon Lonsdale, in prison in LondonGreville Wynne, a British businessman imprisoned in Moscow in 1963 on spying charges, was exchanged for Soviet spy Gordon Lonsdale, in prison in London
54 years ago
22 Apr
1959
Angler Alf Dean landed a 5.3 metre-long, 1,208-kg White Pointer Shark near Ceduna in South Australia. It was the largest shark ever caught with a fishing rodAngler Alf Dean landed a 5.3 metre-long, 1,208-kg White Pointer Shark near Ceduna in South Australia. It was the largest shark ever caught with a fishing rod
59 years ago
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22 Apr
1952
Millions of Americans watched in awe as an atomic test was broadcast live on TV for the first time. The nuclear explosion generated the flashing blast and familiar mushroom cloud…Millions of Americans watched in awe as an atomic test was broadcast live on TV for the first time. The nuclear explosion generated the flashing blast and familiar mushroom cloud after a 31 kiloton bomb was dropped from a B-50 bomber over the Nevada desert
66 years ago
22 Apr
1947
The photo-finish camera was used for the first time, at Britain’s Epsom racecourseThe photo-finish camera was used for the first time, at Britain’s Epsom racecourse
71 years ago
22 Apr
1945
General MacArthur announced that Cebu Island's capture had ended the Central Philippines campaignGeneral MacArthur announced that Cebu Island's capture had ended the Central Philippines campaign
73 years ago
22 Apr
1944
Allied forces landed on Dutch New Guinea at Hollandia in World War TwoAllied forces landed on Dutch New Guinea at Hollandia in World War Two
74 years ago
22 Apr
1933
Sir Frederick Henry Royce, co-founder of the English car company Rolls-Royce, diedSir Frederick Henry Royce, co-founder of the English car company Rolls-Royce, died
85 years ago
22 Apr
1922
Composer and bandleader Charles Mingus, one of the forerunners of modern jazz, was born in Nogales, ArizonaComposer and bandleader Charles Mingus, one of the forerunners of modern jazz, was born in Nogales, Arizona
96 years ago
22 Apr
1916
Violinist Yehudi Menuhin, who gave his first professional performance at eight, was born in New YorkViolinist Yehudi Menuhin, who gave his first professional performance at eight, was born in New York
102 years ago
22 Apr
1915
German troops launched the first major gas attack of World War One when they released clouds of deadly chlorine gas on British troops at the start of the Second Battle of YpresGerman troops launched the first major gas attack of World War One when they released clouds of deadly chlorine gas on British troops at the start of the Second Battle of Ypres
103 years ago
22 Apr
1912
Kathleen Ferrier, renowned British contralto singer, was born. She was best known for her emotional performances of Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde (Song of the Earth)Kathleen Ferrier, renowned British contralto singer, was born. She was best known for her emotional performances of Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde (Song of the Earth)
106 years ago
22 Apr
1908
Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman, British Liberal statesman and politician, died. Prime Minister from 1905, he gave self-government to the TransvaalSir Henry Campbell-Bannerman, British Liberal statesman and politician, died. Prime Minister from 1905, he gave self-government to the Transvaal
110 years ago
22 Apr
1904
Robert Oppenheimer, U.S. nuclear scientist, born. He was head of the Los Alamos laboratories which developed the atom bombRobert Oppenheimer, U.S. nuclear scientist, born. He was head of the Los Alamos laboratories which developed the atom bomb
114 years ago
22 Apr
1899
Russian novelist Vladimir Nabokov was born in St PetersburgRussian novelist Vladimir Nabokov was born in St Petersburg
119 years ago
22 Apr
1891
Sergei Prokofiev, composer, born Sontsovka, UkraineSergei Prokofiev, composer, born Sontsovka, Ukraine
127 years ago
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