September 22 in History Events, Birthdays, & News

To know what happened today in history, famous events occurred, famous birthdays, death days, legend quotes, and historical news on September 22.

September 22

Events on September 22

1735 Sir Robert Walpole occupies the new prime minister’s residence at No.10 Downing Street, just five minutes’ walk from the Houses of Parliament.

1792 The French Republic is proclaimed.

1860 China’s Emperor flees Peking as Anglo-French forces advance.

1862 President Abraham Lincoln issued his Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation freeing slaves in the South.

1972 Idi Amin gives the 80,000 Asians in Uganda 48 hours to leave the country.

1980 The war between Iraq and Iran begins in the Gulf.

1986 The youngest heart and lung transplant patient, a two-and-a-half-month-old baby, is given new organs at the Harefield Hospital, Middlesex.

1988 Two women crawl out of their grave in a village in South Sumatra, having been buried by robbers in the belief they were dead.

Famous Birthdays on September 22

Michael Faraday 1791, English physicist who invented the dynamo and formed many of the principles of electricity.

Dame Christabel Pankhurst 1880, English suffragette and daughter of Emmeline, who led the suffragette movement.

Erick von Stroheim 1885, Austrian-born Hollywood film director and actor whose eccentric leather-clad image and autocratic ways won him the title “The Man You Love to Hate”, and whose desire for perfection frequently led him to go wildly over budget.

John Houseman 1902, Romanian-born producer, actor, writer, stage director and founder, with Orson Welles, of the famous Mercury Theatre in New York.

He became a star actor in his seventies.

Fay Weldon 1931, English author brought up in New Zealand whose novels include The Life and Loves of a She-Devil.

Quotes from Legendary

I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.

- Nathan Hale, hero of the American Revolution, in a speech before being hanged by the British as a spy, 1776.

Historical News on September 22

Outrage in Nz as France Admits To Rainbow Bombs

1985 French Prime Minister Laurent Fabius today admitted that the Rainbow Warrior was sunk by French agents.

A crew member was killed when the Greenpeace ship was rocked by two explosions in Auckland Harbour, New Zealand, on July 10. She had been due to lead a flotilla of peace ships into the French nuclear test zone at Mururoa Atoll in French Polynesia in a protest action.

The incident brought international condemnation.

The French defence minister has resigned amid a storm of protest and demands for the head of the secret service to be sacked.

In New Zealand, Labour PM David Lange’s anti-nuclear stance has gained wide support from the public indignation at the French action.

Poland's Workers Found Solidarity Union

1980 Polish workers today exercised the new freedom they have wrested from the Communist government and formed an independent labor union.

The new Solidarity union’s leader, electrician Lech Walesa, led the Gdansk inter-factory committee which coordinated the massive shipyard strikes this summer.

The wave of work stoppages forced the government to concede, allowing independent unions, freeing jailed dissidents and lifting press censorship.

Party leader Edward Gierek has now been replaced by security chief Stanislaw Kania.

The Zulu Napoleon

The Zulu Napoleon on September 22
The Zulu Napoleon

1828 Shaka, King of the Zulus, was murdered today at Dukuza, his capital in Natal, by his half-brothers Dingaan and Mhlangana.

Dingaan has taken the throne. Shaka was a great and terrible king, a military genius who has been compared with Napoleon.

The Zulu were a small clan when Shaka became their chief, but through bloody conquest he welded them into the mightiest nation in Southern Africa.

Shaka abandoned the traditional light throwing spear and adopted a short, broad-bladed stabbing spear for his regiments, along with a tall shield of tough hide.

Ardent disciplined warriors, his troops ran barefoot into battle, the flanks separating to attack from three sides.

None could stand against them.

Shaka’s revered mother, Nandi, died last year, and the grief-stricken king lost his mind.

Thousands of Zulus have been executed for showing insufficient grief – Shaka ordered an entire regiment to march off a cliff to their deaths, and they did so to a man.

Now the bloodbath has ended.

1989 A powerful IRA bomb blasted the Royal Marines School of Music at Deal in Kent, England, this morning, killing 10 bandsmen and injuring 22.

Twelve marines are in hospital.

The IRA admitted responsibility.

Britain is shocked by the attack: the men were musicians, not combatants.

Tunney Survives “Long Count” To Beat Dempsey

Tunney survives long count to beat dempsey on September 22
Tunney survives long count to beat dempsey

1927 World heavyweight champion Gene Tunney won his return bout with ex-champion Jack Dempsey in a sensational fight tonight.

In a furious attack, Dempsey, the “Manassa Mauler”, knocked down Tunney in the seventh round.

Tunney fell – but the referee refused to start the count because Dempsey hadn’t retired to a neutral corner.

Five seconds elapsed before the count began, giving Tunney time to stagger to his feet.

Ringside experts said he’d been down for 13 seconds.

Tunney went on to win.

Dempsey said he’d been robbed of the title and promised to appeal against the decision.

The Chicago fight was the richest ever, with a purse of $2.6 million (£1.4 million).

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