April 22 in Pop Culture History

April 22 History, Trivia and Fun Facts

April 22 History Highlights

  • 1864 – The US Congress passed the Coinage Act of 1864 that mandates that the inscription In God We Trust be placed on all coins minted as United States currency.
  • 1906 – The 1906 Intercalated Games, now recognized as part of the official Olympic Games, opened in Athens.
  • 1970 – The first Earth Day was celebrated.
  • If you were born on April 22nd,
    You were likely conceived the week of… July 30th (prior year)

Oklahoma Land Rush, 1889

The Oklahoma Land Rush of 1889 was the first land run into the recently opened Unassigned Lands. The area that was made available for settlement included all or part of the Canadian, Cleveland, Kingfisher, Logan, Oklahoma, and Payne counties in today’s U.S. state of Oklahoma; a large landmass that had been purchased as an agreement on behalf of certain railroad companies by Thomas Alfred Elder and Charles Naylor prior to 1889. Settlers lined up at high noon on April 22, 1889, with an estimated 50 thousand people trying to stake their claim to one out of the two million acres that were open for settlement.

April 22 is…

Earth Day
Girl Scout Leader Day
Jelly Bean Day

April 22 Birthday Quotes

“Technique is nothing more than failed style.”
– John Waters

“The only reason I went to college was to play basketball. I injured my knee and couldn’t play.”
– Jeffrey Dean Morgan

“Creativity is more than just being different. Anybody can plan weird; that’s easy. What’s hard is to be as simple as Bach. Making the simple, awesomely simple, that’s creativity.”
– Charles Mingus

“I pick projects according to how fascinating they are to me, and it has resulted in a broad reach. My records are actually in five different sports: balloons, airplanes, airships, gliders, and sailboats.”
– Steve Fossett

“You can take wonderfully talented actors, wonderfully talented writers, and producers, and, uh, do a wonderful show!… but if it doesn’t hit with the public in two minutes, it’s bye-bye.”
– Charlotte Rae

“Run towards that very thing that you fear, because there’s amazing blessings on the other side.”
– Sherri Shepherd

April 22 Birthdays

1707 – Henry Fielding, English novelist and playwright (died in 1754)
1870 – Vladimir Lenin, Russian revolutionary and founder of Soviet Russia (died in 1924)
1904 – J. Robert Oppenheimer, American physicist and academic (died in 1967)
1922 – Charles Mingus, American bassist, composer, and bandleader (died in 1979)
1923 – Bettie Page, American model and actress (died in 2008)
1926 – Charlotte Rae, American character actress (died in 2018)
1936 – Glen Campbell, American singer-songwriter (died in 2017)
1937 – Jack Nicholson, American actor
1944 – Steve Fossett, American businessman, pilot, and sailor (died in 2007)
1946 – John Waters, American director, producer, and screenwriter
1950 – Peter Frampton, English singer-songwriter
1951 – Paul Carrack, English singer-songwriter
1959 – Catherine Mary Stewart, Canadian actress
1959 – Ryan Stiles, American-Canadian comedic actor
1966 – Jeffrey Dean Morgan, American actor
1967 – Sherri Shepherd, American actress and talk show panelist
1986 – Amber Heard, American actress

April 22 History

1056 – First seen July 2, 1054, the supernova in the Crab nebula was last seen by the naked eye.

1519 – Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés established a settlement at Veracruz, Mexico.

1864 – The U.S. Congress passed the Coinage Act of 1864 that mandated that the inscription ‘In God We Trust’ would be placed on all coins minted as United States currency.

1876 – The first-ever National League baseball game was played in Philadelphia. Philadelphia Athletics and the Boston Red Stockings. Boston won the game 6-5.

1912 – Pravda, the “voice” of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, began publication in Saint Petersburg.

1964 – The 1964-1965 New York World’s Fair opened for its first season.

1970 – Earth Day was started by John McConnell, Denis Hayes, Fred Kent, Pete Grannis, and Kristin and William Hubbard, and Ira Einhorn.

1978 – The Blues Brothers (John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd) made their first appearance on Saturday Night Live.

1983 – The German magazine Stern claims the “Hitler Diaries” was found in wreckage in East Germany; the diaries were later revealed to be forgeries.

1989 – #1 Hit April 22, 1989 – May 12, 1989: Madonna – Like a Prayer

1993 – The Mosaic web browser is released.

1998 – Disney’s Animal Kingdom opened at Walt Disney World in Florida.

2000 – US Federal Agents seized six-year-old Elián González from his relatives’ home in Miami, and sent him back to Cuba.

Today’s Random Trivia and Shower Thoughts

The world record for keeping a pair of ferrets in your pants is 5 hours and 30 minutes. #ireadthatonline

The “M” in “MTV” now stands for “miscellaneous.”

Maybe Pokemon can speak perfect English, we’re just pronouncing their names slightly wrong and they’re constantly correcting us.

This stupid punctuation error, bothers me way too much.

If Homer Simpson were a Democratic congressman from Springfield, Ohio, he’d be “Homer Simpson (D-OH)”.

The cassette player Peter Quill/Star-Lord uses throughout Guardians of the Galaxy is a Sony TPS-L2, released in 1979.

Shoeless Joe Jackson was a lefthanded hitter, but Ray Liotta portrayed him as righty in “Field of Dreams.”

“You can’t help getting older, but you don’t have to get old.” – George Burns

“What is time? Swiss manufacture it. French hoard it. Italians squander it. Americans say it is money. Hindus say it does not exist. Do you know what I say? I say time is a crook.” #moviequotes

Notice the big letter on the face of the dollar bill? Each letter represents which Federal Reserve Bank printed it! “C” is for Philadelphia

My cat just started hissing at nothing in the kitchen. Based on horror movies, I know that no good can come of this, but I’m blonde, so I’ll stay. #thingsIlearnedatthemovies

The Capital of Tonga is Nuku’alofa

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