Major Historical Anniversaries for 2022

January

  • 80th anniversary of the creation of the United Nations on January 1, 1942
  • 50th anniversary of the launch of the Space Shuttle Program by President Nixon on January 5, 1972
  • 110th anniversary of President William H. Taft signing the proclamation making New Mexico the 47th state of the United States of America on January 6, 1912
  • 245th anniversary of General Washington’s and his troops wintering in Morristown, NJ on January 6, 1777
  • 95th anniversary of the Harlem Globetrotters's first game on January 7, 1927
  • 130th anniversary of the deadliest mine explosion in Oklahoma history on January 7, 1892.  The explosion killed 100 miners. 
  • 155th anniversary of African-American men gaining the right to vote in the District of Columbia on January 8, 1867
  • 90th anniversary of the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate on January 12, 1932.  Hattie Ophelia Wyatt Caraway from Arkansas was elected to fill the seat left vacant by the death of her husband. 
  • 80th anniversary of Presidential Proclamation No. 2537 issued on January 14, 1942, which required aliens from World War II-enemy countries—Italy, Germany, and Japan—to register with the United States Department of Justice.  They were then issued a Certificate of Identification for Aliens of Enemy Nationality. The proclamation also facilitated the internment of Americans of Japanese ancestry the following month. 
  • 245th anniversary of Vermont declaring independence from New York on January 15, 1777
  • 45th anniversary of President Ford pardoning Iva Toguri Aquino who, as "Tokyo Rose," hosted a Japanese propaganda broadcast during WWII, on January 19, 1977
  • 45th anniversary of President Carter pardoning Vietnam draft dodgers on January 21, 1977
  • 65th anniversary of the introduction of the first Frisbee on January 23, 1957
  • 80th anniversary of Thailand declaring war against The United States and England on January 25, 1942
  • 55th anniversary of the Apollo 1 launch pad fire on January 27, 1967, which killed all on board. 
  • 105th anniversary of The Bath Riots at the Santa Fe Bridge between El Paso, Texas and Juárez, Mexico, on January 28, 1917
  • 105th anniversary of The United States ending its search for Poncho Villa on January 28, 1917

 

Images representing some of the anniversaries in 2022.

 

February

  • 135th anniversary of Hollywood is registered with the Los Angeles County recorder's office on February 1, 1887
  • 135th anniversary of the first Groundhog Day on February 2, 1887
  • 70th anniversary of Elizabeth became Queen on February 6, 1952
  • 105th anniversary of Germans sinking the California on February 6, 1917
  • 435th anniversary of Mary Queen of Scots beheaded on February 8, 1587
  • 160th anniversary of Battle of Roanoke Island on February 8, 1862
  • 80th anniversary of Daylight Savings Time on February 9, 1942
  • 105th anniversary of Germans sinking the schooner Lyman M. Law on February 12, 1917
  • 175th anniversary of the Donner Party being rescued on February 19, 1847
  • 215th anniversary of Aaron Burr is arrested for treason on February 19, 1807
  • 80th anniversary of FDR establishing internment camps for Japanese-Americans on February 19, 1942
  • 245th anniversary of Congress overlooking Benedict Arnold for promotion on February 19, 1777
  • 60th anniversary of John Glen orbiting Earth on February 20, 1962
  • 80th anniversary of Edward O’Hare becoming an American Flying Ace on February 20, 1942
  • 160th anniversary of the Battle of Valverde on February 21, 1882
  • 175th anniversary of the Battle of Buena Vista on February 21, 1847
  • 160th anniversary of the Legal Tender Act passed on February 25, 1862
  • 105th anniversary of President Wilson learning of the Zimmerman Telegram on February 26, 1917
  • 195th anniversary of Mardi Gras on February 27, 1827
  • 100th anniversary of the Supreme Court defending Women’s Right to Vote on February 27, 1922

March

  • 90th anniversary of the Lindbergh baby kidnapping on March 1, 1932
  • 330th anniversary of the start of what became known as the Salem Witch Hunt, as Sarah Good, Sarah Osborn, and enslaved Tituba, were questioned about their possible involvement in witchcraft, on March 1, 1692
  • 150th anniversary of Yellow Stone National Park on March 1, 1872
  • 50th anniversary of the Pioneer 10 launch to Jupiter on March 2, 1972
  • 215th anniversary of the African Slave trade being abolished on March 2, 1807
  • 165th anniversary of the Dred Scott Case on March 6, 1857
  • 160th anniversary of Battle of Pea Ridge on March 7, 1862
  • 160th anniversary of Battle of the Iron Clads: U.S.S. Monitor and the C.S.S. Virginia on March 9, 1862
  • 80th anniversary of General MacArthur leaving Corregidor on March 11, 1942
  • 75th anniversary of the Truman Doctrine on March 12, 1947
  • 80th anniversary of the U.S. Army K-9 Corps on March 13. 2942
  • 220th anniversary of the U.S. Military Academy (West Point) on March 16, 1802
  • 85th anniversary of the Explosion at The Consolidated School of New London on March 18, 1937, in Texas.  The school sat near oil and gas fields; the explosions killed 300 students/teachers.
  • 170th anniversary of “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” on March 20, 1852
  • 50th anniversary of the Equal Rights Amendment on March 22, 1972
  • 110th anniversary of the Japanese Cherry Trees planted in Washington D.C. on March 27, 1912
  • 45th anniversary of the Tenerife Disaster on March 27, 1977.  Two jumbo jets collided on the runway on Santa Cruz de Tenerife, killing 585 passengers and crew
  • 155th anniversary of the U.S. purchasing Alaska on March 30, 1867 

April

  • 105th anniversary of President Wilson declaring War on April 2, 1917.  The U.S. officially entered WWI. 
  • 230th anniversary of the first Presidental Veto on April 7, 1792, issued by George Washington.  The bill was to divide the seats in the House, giving Northern states an advantage. 
  • 160th anniversary of the Siege of Yorktown on April 7, 1862. This siege was part of General McClellan’s Peninsular Campaign. 
  • 80th anniversary of U.S. troops surrendering in Bataan on April 9, 1942.  The largest surrender in U.S. history. 
  • 80th anniversary of the Bataan Death March on April 10, 1942. Over 75,000 Filipino and American troops began a forced march. 
  • 75th anniversary of Jackie Robinson becoming the first African American played in Major League Baseball on April 15, 1947. 
  • 110th anniversary of the Titanic sinking on April 15, 1912. 
  • 50th anniversary of Apollo 16 journey to the moon on April 16, 1972
  • 75th anniversary of the Grandcamp explosion on April 16, 1947. Roughly 600 people were killed when the freighter exploded.
  • 80th anniversary of the Doolittle Air Raid on Tokyo on April 18, 1942.  
  • 125th anniversary of the Boston Marathon on April 19, 1897.
  • 245th anniversary of New York adopting the State Constitution on April 20, 1777. 
  • 245th anniversary of the British attack on Danbury, CT, on April 21, 1777. 
  • 160th anniversary of the Union taking New Orleans on April 29, 1862. 
  • 95th anniversary of the first Federal Women Prison opening in West Virginia on April 30, 1927.  

May

  • 80th anniversary of the Battle of Coral Sea on May 3, 1942. 
  • 85th anniversary of the Hindenburg Disaster on May 6, 1937
  • 230th anniversary of the Militia Act on May 8, 1792.  This act established Conscription under Federal Law. 
  • 145th anniversary of the first phone in the White House on May 10, 1877.  President Hayes installed the first phone. 
  • 90th anniversary of Lindbergh’s Baby found deceased on May 12, 1932. 
  • 80th anniversary of the Women’s Army Corps on May 15, 1942. 
  • 95th anniversary of Charles Lindbergh Spirit of St. Louis on May 20-21, 1927.  
  • 160th anniversary of the Homestead Act signed by President Lincoln on May 20, 1862.
  • 90th anniversary of Amelia Earhart’s transatlantic flight on May 21, 1931.  Amelia became the first woman to make a solo, nonstop flight across the Atlantic. 
  • 235th anniversary of the Constitutional Convention on May 25, 1787. 
  • 135th anniversary of the Hells Canyon Massacre on May 27, 1887.  A group of Chinese gold miners was ambushed by horse thieves.
  • 85th anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge on May 27, 1937. 
  • 100th anniversary of the Lincoln Memorial dedicated by President Taft on May 30, 1922.

June

  • 80th anniversary of the Battle of Midway on June 4-7, 1942. 
  • 270th anniversary of Ben Franklin flying his kite during a thunderstorm in the name of science on June 10, 1752. 
  • 330th anniversary of the Salem Witch Trial’s first execution on June 10, 1692.
  • 245th anniversary of Marquie de Lafayette arriving in South Carolina on June 13, 1777. 
  • 245th anniversary of Congress adopting the Stars and Stripes on June 14, 1777. 
  • 80th anniversary of the first radio broadcast by a president, President Harding on June 14, 1922.  
  • 145th anniversary of the graduation of the first African-American from West Point, Henry Ossian Flipper on June 15, 1877. 
  • 105th anniversary of Congress passing the Espionage Act on June 15, 1917. 
  • 50th anniversary of the discovery of the break in to the Democratic National Committee headquarters in the Watergate and the arrest of the burglers on June 17, 1972.
  • 210th anniversary of the War of 1812 beginning on June 18, 1812. 
  • 240th anniversary of Congress adopting the Great Seal of the United States on June 20, 1872. 
  • 80th anniversary of Allied Forces surrending in Libya on June 21, 1942. 
  • 80th anniversry of Major General  Eisenhower taking over forces in the European Theater on June 25, 1942. 
  • 105th anniversary of the first U.S. Troops arriving in France on June 26, 1917. 

July

  • 85th anniversary of Amelia Earhart disappearing on July 2, 1937. 
  • 75th anniversary of Florence Blanchfield being appointed as the first female Army Officer on July 9, 1947.
  • 245th anniversary of Brigider Genearl George Clinton being elected as New York’s first Govenour on July 9, 1777. 
  • 240th anniversary of the British evacuation from Savannah, GA on July 11, 1782. 
  • 160th anniversary of the Medal of Honor created by President Lincoln on July 12, 1862.
  • 235th anniversary of the Northwest Ordinance on July 13, 1787. 
  • 75th anniversary of the Second Presidental Sucession Act passed by President Truman on July 18, 1947. 
  • 75th anniversary of the National Security Act passed by President Truman on July 26, 1947. 
  • 245th anniversary of Marquis de Lafayette becomes a Major-General on July 31, 1777. 

August

  • 130th anniversary of the Borden Murders on August 4, 1892.  The case was never solved but Lizzie Borden remains the number one suspect. 
  • 240th anniverasry of the Purple Heart created by General Washington on August 7, 1782. 
  • 80th anniversary of Guadalcanal on August 7,1942. 
  • 50th anniversary of the last U.S. ground troops to leave South Vietnam on August 11, 1972. 
  • 210th anniversary of the surrender of Fort Detroit to the British on August 16, 1812. 
  • 210th anniversary of the USS Constitution defeating the British frigate Guerrière on August 19, 1812. 
  • 75th anniversary of the First Little League World Series on August 23, 1947. 
  • 160th anniversary of the Second Battle of Bull Run on August 29, 1862. 
  • 55th anniversary of Thurgood Marshall confirmed as a Supreme Court Justice on August 30, 1967.

September

  • 50th anniversary of Bobby Fischer becoming the first American to win the World Chess Championship on September 1, 1972. 
  • 215th anniversary of Aaron Burr being acquitted of treason on September 1, 1807. 
  • 45th anniversary of the U.S. transferring control of the Panama Canal to Panama on September 7, 1977. 
  • 65th anniversary of Althea Gibson winning the U.S. Open Title on September 8, 1957. She was the first African-American to do so. 
  • 80th anniversary of the Japanese bombing of Mount Emily on September 9, 1942.  Mount Emily is located in an Oregon State park. 
  • 245th of the Battle of Brandywine on September 11, 1777.
  • 160th anniversary of the Battle of South Mountain on September 14, 1862. 
  • 160th anniversary of Confederate Troops caputring Harpers Ferry on September 15, 1862.
  • 160th anniversary of the Battle of Antietam on September 17, 1862.
  • 235th anniversary of the U.S. Constitution signed on September 17, 1787.
  • 245th of the Battle of Saratoga on September 19-October 17, 1777. 
  • 245th anniversary of the Paoli Massacre on September 20, 1777.  A group of British troops ambushed Patriot forces killing or wounding almost 200 men in Pennslyvania. 
  • 80th anniversary of the B-29 first flight on September 21, 1942. 
  • 160th anniversary of the Emanicpation Proclamation on September 22, 1862.  While Lincoln issued the Emanicpation Proclamation on September 22, it went into effect on January 1, 1863. 
  • 65th anniversary of the Little Rock Nine on September 25, 1957.  Nine African-American students attended their first day of class at Central High School in Little Rock, AK.  Their attendance was met with much opposition resulting President Eisenhower to federalize the Arkanasa National Guard and sending in an additional 1,000 men from the 101st airborne to escort the students. 

October

  • 105th anniverary of the War Revenue Act being passed by Congress on October 3, 1917.
  • 65th anniversary of Sputnix on October 4, 1957. 
  • 75th anniversary of the first televised Presidential speech on TV on October 5, 1947.  President Truman was the first President to make a televised speech. 
  • 530th anniversary of Christopher Columbus landing in the Bahamas on October 12, 1492. 
  • 230th anniversary of the White House cornerstone being laid on October 13, 1792. 
  • 75th anniversary of Chuck Yeager breaking the sound barrier on October 14, 1947.
  • 60th anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis on October 14, 1962
  • 105th anniversary of Mata Hari being executed as a spy on October 15, 1917.
  • 155th anniversary of the U.S. purchasing Alaska from Russia on October 18, 1867.
  • 255th anniversary of the Mason-Dixon line on October 18, 1767.
  • 75th anniversary of the Hollywood Red Scare on October 20, 1947.
  • 80th anniversary of the USS Hornet destroyed by a Japanese attack on October 26, 1942. 
  • 505th anniversary of Martin Luther’s 95 page theses on October 31, 1517.  This action would begin the Protestant Reformation. 

November 

  • 510th anniversary of the Sistine Chapel opening to the public on November 1, 1512. 
  • 70th anniversary of the first Hydrogen Bomb testing on November 1, 1952. 
  • 100th anniversary of King Tut’s tomb being discovered on November 4, 1922. 
  • 160th anniversary of Ambrose Brunside assuming command of the Union Army on November 9, 1862. 
  • 80th anniversary of the Draft age being lowered to 18 on November 11, 1942. 
  • 40th anniversary of the Vietnam Memorial dedicated on November 13, 1982. 
  • 245th anniversary of the Articles of Confederation adopted on November 15, 1777
  • 155th anniversary of the first Stock Ticker on November 15, 1867.
  • 115th anniversary of Oklahoma entering the Union on November 16, 1907.
  • 145th anniversary of the Phonograph, announced by Thomas Edison on November 21, 1877.

December

  • 105th anniversary of the Great Halifax Explosion on December 6, 1917.
  • 235th anniversary of Delware ratifying the Constitution on December 7, 1787 becoming the first State to do so. 
  • 235th anniversary of Pennslyvania ratifying the Constituion on December 12, 1787.
  • 160th anniversary of the Battle of Fredericksburg on December 13, 1862. 
  • 245th anniversary of France formally recognizing the United States on December 17, 1777.
  • 105th anniversary of the NHL on December 19, 1917. 
  • 245th anniversary of Continental Army encampment at Valley Forge on December 19, 1777.
  • 290th anniversary of Poor Richard’s Almanac written by Ben Franklin on December 19, 1732
  • 90th anniversary of Radio City Music Hall on December 27, 1932.
  • 160th anniversary of the USS Monitor sinking on December 30, 1862. 

 

Please email me any anniversaries that you think should be considered for this list or any corrections.
 

— Larisa Moran, Regional Editor, The History List.