World Water Day is observed annually on March 22. It is a United Nations observance that has been held since 1993.
This Day in History
201435 people were killed in Baluchistan, Pakistan, when a petrol tanker collided with two buses.
2013A fire destroyed a Burmese refugees camp near Ban Mae, Thailand. At least 37 died and 200 injured.
2010Died: James Black, Scottish biologist and pharmacologist, Nobel Prize laureate for development of propranolol and cimetidine.
2005Died: Kenzō Tange, Japanese architect, winner of the 1987 Pritzker Prize for architecture. He was one of the most significant architects of the 20th century. Yoyogi National Gymnasium and Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum are his most notable works.
2001Died: William Hanna, American animator, director, producer, and voice actor, co-founder of Hanna-Barbera.
1997Tara Lapinski became the youngest champion women's World Figure Skating Champion. At that time she was 14 years and 10 months old.
1995Cosmonaut Valeriy Polyakov returned to Earth after 438 days in space, thus setting a new record of the longest single spaceflight in human history.
1994Died: Walter Lantz, American animator, director, and producer, best known as the founder of Walter Lantz Productions and creation of Woody Woodpecker.
1993The first Pentium chips were shipped by the Intel Corporation. They featured a 60 MHz clock speed, 100+ MIPS and a 64 bit data pass.
1984Teachers at the McMartin preschool in Manhattan Beach, California, were charged with satanic ritual abuse of the children in the school. The charges were later dropped as completely unfounded.
1978Died: Karl Wallenda, German-American acrobat, founder of The Flying Wallendas, a daredevil circus act with dangerous stunts performed without a safety net.
1976Born: Reese Witherspoon, American actress and producer, who became popular after a breakthrough role in Legally Blonde. She also starred in Sweet Home Alabama, Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde, Vanity Fair, etc.
1949Born: Fanny Ardant, French actress, who appeared in more than 50 films. She is best known for roles as Maria Callas in Callas Forever and as Elizabeth in Mary of Guise.
1948Born: Andrew Lloyd Webber, English director and composer, impresario of musical theater. He is the author of the feature music for shows Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, Cats, The Phantom of the Opera, The Wizard of Oz etc.
1945The Arab League was founded after adoption of charter in Cairo, Egypt. The original League consisted of Kingdom of Egypt, Kingdom of Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and Saudi Arabia.
1931Born: William Shatner, Canadian-American actor, singer, director, and producer, best known for his role as Captain James T. Kirk of the United Federation of Planets starship USS Enterprise in Star Trek: The Animated Series and its seven subsequent Stat Trek feature films.
1924Died: William Macewen, Scottish surgeon, a pioneer in modern brain surgery. He contributed to the development of bone graft surgery, surgical treatment of hernia and pneumonectomy.
1924Born: Al Neuharth, American journalist and author, founder of USA Today.
1923Born: Marcel Marceau, French mime and actor, who became famous for his stage persona Bip the Clown. He performed worldwide for over 60 years.
1916Yuan Shikai, the last Emperor of China, abdicated the throne resulting in the restoration of the Republic of China.
1873Slavery was abolished by a law, that was approved by the Spanish National Assembly in Puerto Rico.
1868Born: Robert Andrews Millikan, American physicist, Nobel Prize laureate for his measurement of the elementary electronic charge and his work on the photoelectric effect.
1849The Battle of Novara of the First Italian War of Independence began between Austrian Empire and the Kingdom of Sardinia. The Austrians defeated the Piedmontese.
1832Died: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, German author and politician, the author of Faust, The Sorrows of Young Werther, Reineke Fuchs.
1814Born: Thomas Crawford, American sculptor, best known for his numerous contribution to the U.S. Capitol.
1720Born: Nicolas-Henri Jardin, French architect, best remembered for introduction of neoclassicism to Denmark. His most prominent works are Yellow Mansion in Copenhagen and Bernstroff Palace in Gentofte, Denmark.
1687Died: Jean-Baptiste Lully, Italian-French composer, one of the chief master of the French baroque style.
1602Died: Agostino Carracci, Italian painter, the founder of Accademia degli Incamminati in Bologna. This academy helped propel painters of the School of Bologna (Annibale Carracci, Prospero Fontana, Domenichino) to prominence.
1599Born: Anthony van Dyck, Flemish painter, leading court painter in England. Van Dyck is famous for his portraits of Charles I of England, his family and court. He was also an important innovator in watercolor and etching.
1313Died: Song Jiaoren, Chinese politician, political leader and founder of Kuomintang party. When the party won in the first democratic Chinese elections, Jiaoren was assassinated. It's strongly implied that Yuan Shikai, Chinese provisional president, was responsible for the assassination.