Today in History, 22 March: What Happened on this Day?

What happened today in history (March 22): Thomas Jefferson became the first US Secretary of State, Congress banned US ships from supplying slaves to other countries, the Horticultural Society of New York, the first nursing school in the US was founded and more.

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Today in History, March 22: Twenty-one days of March have passed and we have successfully entered the second past week. Like every day, we have bought some historical events that occurred today. So without further ado, let’s dive into it.

That day, Pete Rozelle announced his retirement as NFL commissioner after 29 years, Indira Gandhi resigned as Prime Minister of India, and The Rutles’ mockumentary “All You Need is Cash” debuted on NBC television. He continue reading the article to know more about these types of events.

Historical events on this day

  • In 1790, Thomas Jefferson became the first United States Secretary of State during Washington’s presidency.
  • In 1794, Congress prohibited American ships from supplying slaves to other countries.
  • In 1809, Charles XIII succeeded Gustav IV Adolphus on the Swedish throne.
  • In 1822, the New York Horticultural Society was founded.
  • In 1861, the first nursing school in the United States was founded.
  • In 1872, Illinois became the first state to require sexual equality in employment.
  • In 1888 the English Football League was created.
  • In 1957, the Republic of India adopted the Saka calendar along with the Gregorian calendar.
  • In 1977, Indira Gandhi resigned as Prime Minister of India.
  • In 2020, a daytime curfew was imposed in India to control COVID-19.

Sports events today

  • In 1958, Kentucky defeated Seattle 84-72 in the 20th NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship.
  • In 1989, Pete Rozelle announced his retirement as NFL Commissioner after 29 years.
  • In 1992, England defeated South Africa in the rain-marred Cricket World Cup semi-final.

Art and culture events today

  • In 1928 Noël Coward’s musical “This Year of Grace” premiered in London.
  • In 1936, “The Great Ziegfeld” directed by Robert Z. Leonard premiered in Los Angeles.
  • In 1978, The Rutles’ mockumentary “All You Need is Cash” debuted on NBC television.

Notable deaths on this day


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John William Bricker was an American politician and lawyer who served as a United States Senator and 54th Governor of Ohio.



Donald David Guard was an American singer, songwriter, and folk artist who was one of the founding members of The Kingston Trio.



Ramasamy Ganesan was an Indian actor who worked mainly in Tamil cinema. He was known as the King of Romance for his romantic roles in movies.



Awilda Carbia was a Puerto Rican actress and comedian best known for her performances in films such as Silence Condemns and The Dream of Return.



Tomás Milian was a Cuban-born actor and singer recognized for the emotional intensity and humor he incorporated into his roles in European genre films. He is best known for movies like Almost Human, The Hardcore, etc.

Famous birthdays on this day


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William Shatner is a Canadian actor, comedian and singer best known for his portrayal of Captain James T. Kirk in the ‘Star Trek’ franchise.



James Patterson is one of the best-selling American authors for his famous crime thrillers and romance novels. His books such as ‘Alex Cross’ and ‘Women’s Murder Club’ sold more than 300 million copies.



Rick Harrison is an American businessman and reality television personality best known as the co-owner of the ‘World Famous Gold & Silver Pawn Shop’ in Las Vegas.



Reese Witherspoon is an Oscar-winning American actress best known for her roles in films such as ‘Legally Blonde’, ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ and ‘Four Christmases’.



Constance Wu is an Asian-American actress recognized for her roles in films such as Crazy Rich Asians, Hustlers, The Feels, etc.



JJ Watt is a professional American football player who plays for the ‘Houston Texans’. Wattt has received the honor of “Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year” and “NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year.”


To conclude, these were some of the historical events that occurred on March 22. Every day we publish history articles. Please continue checking our articles to stay up to date.

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