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On This Day in History - 22nd April

Birthdays

1707Henry Fielding, Novelist
1904Robert Oppenheimer, Inventor of atomic bomb
1916Yehudi Menuhin, Violinist
1925George Cole, Film & TV actor; 'Arthur' in TV's 'Minder'
1937Jack Nicholson, American film actor; 'The Shining' & 'Batman'
1948Carol Drinkwater, Television actress
1950Peter Frampton, Rock singer
1960Lloyd Honeyghan, Boxer

Events

1500The area that became Brazil was discovered by Portuguese explorers
1662The Royal Society of London was granted its royal charter
1778James Hargreaves, the inventor of the 'spinning jenny', died
1884Colchester and parts of East Anglia were hit by an earthquake, killing four people
1943The Bank Of England ceased printing 1,000 notes
1969Single-handed round the world sailor Robin Knox Johnston returned to Falmouth
1984Britain broke off diplomatic relations with Libya
1987James Callaghan, former Labour PM, was made a member of the Order Of The Garter