22 January 2017 - ON THIS DAY


G'day folks,

Yep, these are a few things that happened on this day in history.

  • 2006 Eco Morales becomes Bolivia's first indigenous president
The left-wing politician has focused mainly on combating poverty and curbing the influence of transnational corporations.

  • 1970 The Boeing 747 takes off on its first scheduled flight
The Pan Am jumbo jet flew from New York to London.

  • 1963 The Élysée Treaty formalizes the reconciliation between Germany and France
The treaty effectively ended centuries of enmity between the two European countries.

  • 1943 World record for fastest temperature change
The fastest temperature change recorded in history occurred on this day in Spearfish, South Dakota. The temperature increased from −4°F (−20°C) to +45°F (+7°C)m in the span of two minutes. 

  • 1506 The first 150 soldiers of the Swiss Guard arrive at the Vatican
Since that day, the Swiss Guard is responsible for the Pope's security.




Births On This Day – 22 January

  • 1953 Jim Jarmusch
American director
  • 1909 U Thant
Burmese diplomat, 3rd United Nations Secretary General
  • 1906 Robert E. Howard
American author
  • 1788 Lord Byron
English poet
  • 1729 Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
German author, philosopher



Deaths On This Day – 22 January

  • 2010 Iskandar of Johor
  • 2008 Heath Ledger
Australian actor, director
  • 1973 Lyndon B. Johnson
American politician, 36th President of the United States
  • 1901 Queen Victoria
of the United Kingdom
  • 1900 David Edward Hughes
Welsh/American scientist, co-invented the microphone

Clancy's comment: Wow, I never knew that about the Swiss Guards. 1506!

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