Holidays Calendar for October 22, 2016

Sukkot is a seven-day Jewish holiday. Its celebration starts on the 15th day of Tishrei. Along with Pesach and Shavuot, it belongs to Shalosh Regalim (the Three Pilgrimage Festivals), on which the Israelites were required to make a pilgrimage to the Holy Temple.


International Stuttering Awareness Day (ISAD) is observed annually on October 22. It is organized by the International Stuttering Association, International Fluency Association, and European League of Stuttering Association.

October 22 is annual celebration of Wombat Day in Australia. This unofficial observance was introduced in 2005.

Fechner Day is an annual informal observance celebrated by psychophysicists across the world. It is dedicated to the German philosopher, physicist, and psychologist Gustav Fechner who is credited with founding psychophysics, the study of the relation between physical stimuli and sensations.

Caps Lock Day (stylized as CAPS LOCK DAY) is an unofficial holiday celebrated twice a year, on June 28 and October 22. On this day, you can type everything in all caps without being afraid to appear rude.

The National Nut Day is celebrated every year on October 22. It is a well-established food holiday in the United States, and lately it has been promoted in the UK as well. It honors the health benefits of nuts.

This Day in History

  • 2014 A series of shootings occurred at Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Canada. Michael Zehaf-Bibeau fatally shot Corporal Nathan Cirillo, a Canadian soldier.
  • 2013 Died: James Robinson Risner, general officer and professional fighter pilot in the U. S. Air Force, a double recipient of the Air Force Cross.
  • 2012 Died: Mike Morris, British television presenter and journalist. He is best known as a main anchor for the TV program Good Morning Britain.
  • 2011 Died: Sultan bin Abdulaziz, Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia from 2005 until his death. He was the twelfth son of King Abdulaziz (Ibn Saud).
  • 2005 Bellview Airlines Flight 210 crashed after taking off from Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos, Nigeria, killing all 177 people on board.
  • 2005 Died: Tony Adams, Irish film and theatrical producer. He produced six Pink Panther films, 10, Victor/Victoria, Micki & Maude, Blind Date, Sunset.
  • 1986 Died: Albert Szent-Györgyi, Hungarian physiologist who was awarded the 1937 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. He discovered vitamin C.
  • 1982 Ted Kotcheff's action film and psychological thriller First Blood was released. It was the first film starring Sylvester Stallone as John Rambo.
  • 1978 Karol Józef Wojtyła was inaugurated as Pope John Paul II. He was the second longest-serving pope in modern history after Pope Pius IX.
  • 1975 Born: Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Emmy-nominated American actor best known for his role as Mitchell Pritchett on the ABC sitcom Modern Family.
  • 1968 Manned CSM test flight Apollo 7 successfully splashed down in the Atlantic Ocean. It was the final manned launch from Cape Canaveral.
  • 1952 Born: Jeff Goldblum, American actor of stage and screen known for his roles in The Fly, Jurassic Park and its sequel, Independence Day etc.
  • 1947 Born: Robertino Loreti, Italian singer known primarily for songs he performed as a teenager. One of his best known songs is Giamaica (Jamaica).
  • 1943 The Royal Air Force conducted an air raid on Kassel, Germany, killing at least 10,000 people and bombing-out about 150,000 inhabitants.
  • 1943 Born: Catherine Deneuve, French actress known for her roles in The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, Belle de Jour, The Last Metro, Indochine etc.
  • 1934 Died: Pretty Boy Floyd (Charles Arthur Floyd), American bank robber who was named Public Enemy No. 1 after the death of John Dillinger.
  • 1929 Born: Lev Yashin, known as the Black Spider, Soviet football goalkeeper, widely regarded as the greatest goalkeeper in the history of the game.
  • 1926 Famous illusionist Harry Houdini was sucker punched in the stomach by J. Gordon Whitehead. Houdini died of peritonitis on October 31.
  • 1920 Born: Timothy Leary, American psychologist and writer primarily known for advocating psychedelic drugs, such as LSD and psilocybin.
  • 1919 Born: Doris Lessing (née Tayler), British novelist, short story writer, poet, and playwright, who was awarded the 2007 Nobel Prize in Literature.
  • 1906 Died: Paul Cézanne, French Post-Impressionist painter. His best known works include Pyramid of Skulls, Mont Sainte-Victoire, The Bathers.
  • 1895 The Granville-Paris Express derailed, having overrun the buffer stop at its Gare Montparnasse terminus. None of the passengers died.
  • 1883 The Metropolitan Opera House in New York opened with a performance of Charles Gounod's Faust. It was located at 1411 Broadway.
  • 1883 Died: Thomas Mayne Reid, Scots-Irish American novelist. He is primarily known for his adventure novels, such as The Headless Horseman.
  • 1870 Born: Ivan Bunin, renowned Russian novelist, short story writer, poet, essayist, and translator who was awarded the 1933 Nobel Prize in Literature.
  • 1859 Died: Louis Spohr (born Ludwig Spohr), German composer, conductor, and violinist. Spohr was very highly regarded during his lifetime.
  • 1853 Died: Juan Antonio Lavalleja, Uruguayan revolutionary and politician. He served as President of Uruguay from September 25 to October 22, 1853.
  • 1844 Born: Sarah Bernhardt, renowned French actress of stage and screen. She was referred to as "the most famous actress the world has ever known".
  • 1811 Born: Franz Liszt, Hungarian composer, conductor, and virtuoso pianist. He is considered to be one of the greatest Hungarian composers.
  • 1797 French balloonist and inventor André-Jacques Garnerin carried out the first parachute descent in history at Parc Monceau, Paris, France.