January 22 – On This Day In History

22 January

What happened today in history?

  • 1901 – Edward VII is proclaimed King of England following the death of Queen Victoria, his mother.
  • 1924 – Ramsay MacDonald becomes the first Labour Prime Minister of the UK.
  • 1927 – The first ever radio commentary of a football (soccer) match is broadcast on radio. The match was Arsenal against Sheffiled United and the commentator was Teddy Wakelam.
  • 2006 – Kobe Bryant scores 81 points in a single NBA basketball match, playing for the Los Angeles Lakers against the Toronto Raptors.

Who was born today?

  • 1552 – Walter Raleigh¬†– English explorer and soldier.
  • 1561 – Francis Bacon – English philosopher.
  • 1645 – William Kidd – Scottish sailor and privateer.
  • 1788 – Lord Byron – English poet.
  • 1907 – Dixie Dean – English footballer.
  • 1920 – Alf Ramsey – English footballer and manager.

Who died today?

  • 1901 –¬†Queen Victoria¬†– Queen of the United Kingdom.
  • 1973 – Lyndon B. Johnson – 36th President of the United States.
  • 2008 – Heath Ledger – Australian actor (The Dark Knight, Brokeback Mountain)

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