Holidays Calendar for April 22, 2016

General Prayer Day (Store bededag) is a public holiday in Denmark, Greenland and the Faroe Islands celebrated on the fourth Friday after Easter. The date always falls between April 17 and May 21 inclusive.


Pesah, or Passover is one of the most significant Jewish holidays. It commemorates the liberation of the Jewish people from slavery in ancient Egypt and the story of the Exodus. This festival commences on Nisan 15 and lasts for seven days in Israel and for eight days in the diaspora.


International Mother Earth Day is an annual global observance held on April 22. It was established in 2009 by the United Nations General Assembly. However, the tradition of celebrating Earth Day on April 22 began much earlier.

Brazil observes its Discovery Day on April 22 each year, commemorating the discovery of Brazil by Pedro Álvares Cabral in 1500. This observance is not a public holiday.

April 22 is National Jelly Bean Day. Although these candies are mostly associated with Easter, they are popular all year long.

Girl Scout Leader's Day, also known as Girl Scout Leader Appreciation Day, is an annual celebration held on April 22. It honors all Girl Scout volunteers who work as leaders and mentors.

This Day in History

  • 2014 A freight train carrying hundreds of illegal passengers derailed near the Katangola Bridge in Katanga Province in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. 48 people were killed and over 160 seriously injured.
  • 2006 Died: Alida Valli, Italian actress, who appeared in more than 100 films. Valli is known to be as one of the most intense and striking faces of the Italian cinema.
  • 2005 Died: Philip Morrison, American physicist and academic, the student of Julius Oppenheimer and a member of the Manhattan Project during World War II. He is known for his work in quantum physics, nuclear physics and high energy astrophysics.
  • 2005 Died: Norman Bird, British actor, best remembered for the 1960s films as The Angry Silence, The League of Gentlemen, Whistle Down the Wind, Victim and Term of Trial.
  • 2004 Two fuel trains collided in Ryongchon, North Korea. Up to 150 people were killed and 1,300 injured.
  • 1994 Died: Richard Nixon, American lieutenant, lawyer, and politician, the 37th President of the United States.
  • 1992 Numerous gasoline explosions in the sewer system destroyed 8 kilometers of streets in Guadalajara city, Mexico. 252 were killed, nearly 500 injured and 15,000 left homeless.
  • 1989 Died: Emilio G. Segrè, Italian-American physicist, Nobel Prize laureate for discovery of the elements technetium, astatine and the antiproton, a sub-atomic antiparticle.
  • 1986 Born: Amber Heard, American actress and model. She made her breakthrough in Never Back Down and Pineapple Express. She also starred in Drive Angry alongside Nicholas Cage and in The Rum Diary alongside Johnny Depp.
  • 1983 The German magazine Stern claimed that the Hitler Diaries had been found in wreckage in East Germany. Later it was revealed that these diaries were forgeries.
  • 1982 Born: Kaká, born as Ricardo Izecson dos Santos Leite, Brazilian footballer, who plays as an attacking midfielder. Kaká won FIFA Club World Cup Golden Ball and became FIFA World Player of the Year in 2007.
  • 1980 Died: Jane Froman, American actress and singer. She performed on stage, television and radio despite chronic injuries she sustained from a plane crash. Her life became the basis of the 1952 film With a Song in My Heart.
  • 1969 British yachtsman Sir Robin Knox-Johnston won the Sunday Times Golden Globe Race, the first non-stop, single-handed round-the-world yacht race.
  • 1967 Born: Sheryl Lee, American actress, who gained international fame for performances as Laura Palmer and Maddy Ferguson on cult TV series Twin Peaks and in the film Twin Peak: Fire Walk with Me.
  • 1945 Died: Wilhelm Cauer, German mathematician, most noted for his work on the analysis and synthesis of electrical filters. His work marked the beginning of the field of network synthesis.
  • 1945 The prisoners at the Jasenovac concentration camp in Croatia revolted. 520 prisoners were killed and 80 escaped.
  • 1937 Born: Jack Nicholson, American actor, film director, producer, and writer. He was nominated for Academy Award for 12 times, that makes him the most nominated male actor in the Academy's history. His most notable roles were in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, The Shining, The Postman Always Rings Twice etc.
  • 1933 Died: Henry Royce, English engineer and businessman, co-founder of Rolls-Royce Limited, a renowned English car-manufacturing company.
  • 1930 The United Kingdom, Japan and the United States signed the London Naval Treaty regulating submarine warfare and limiting shipbuilding.
  • 1923 Born: Bettie Page, American model and actress, who gained immense popularity in the 1950s for her pin-up photos. She is often referred as the Queen of Pinunps.
  • 1909 Born: Rita Levi-Montalcini, Italian neurologist, Nobel Prize laureate for discovering nerve growth factor.
  • 1906 The Summer Olympics opened in Athens. Those Olympic Games are not recognized now as a part of the official Games.
  • 1904 Born: J. Robert Oppenheimer, American physicist, one of the members of the Manhattan Project, the World War II project that developed the first nuclear weapons. Alongside other members of the project he is called the "father of the atomic bomb".
  • 1889 Thousands Americans rushed to claim land in the Land Rush. Within hours the cities of Oklahoma City and Guthrie were formed with populations of at least 10,000 people.
  • 1870 Born: Vladimir Lenin, Russian politician and communist revolutionary, the first head of government of the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic. Under his administration the Russian Empire was replaced by the Soviet Union and all wealth was nationalized.
  • 1833 Died: Richard Trevithick, English engineer, the contributor to the development of the first high-pressure steam engine and builder of the first full-scale working railway steam locomotive.
  • 1724 Born: Immanuel Kant, German philosopher, who is considered to be a central figure of modern philosophy. His thought continues to have a major influence in contemporary fields of metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, political philosophy, and aesthetics.
  • 1707 Born: Henry Fielding, English author and playwright, known for his rich earthy humor and satirical prowess. His most famous work is the novel Tom Jones.
  • 1616 Died: Miguel de Cervantes, Spanish author, poet, and playwright, best remembered for his novel Don Quixote (The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha).
  • 1519 Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés established a settlement at Veracruz, Mexico.