On this day

Giraffe standing alone in Serengeti, Tanzania. Image: Wikimedia Commons

On This Day: What happened on 22 December?

We look back on this day in history and remember the people and events that shaped the world we live in today.

On this day

Giraffe standing alone in Serengeti, Tanzania. Image: Wikimedia Commons

Here’s a look at what happened on this day, 22 December, throughout history. We remember the news, events, and people that influenced the course of history forever.


2018  | A tsunami triggered by an eruption of Anak Krakatau in Indonesia, 430 people were reported killed and almost thousands were injured.

1974 | Former British Prime Minister Edward Heath’s house was attacked by members of the Provisional IRA.

1937 | On this day, 84 years ago, the Lincoln Tunnel was opened to traffic connecting midtown New York City with Weehawken, New Jersey.

1135 | Following the death of Henry I led Stephen of Blois to  become King of England.

1951 | The Selangor Labor Party was founded in Selangor, Malaya.


2014 | British musician and the winner of a Grammy Awards for his song “Up Where We Belong”, Joe Cocker, 70.

1995 | American actress who appeared for the first time in films as ‘Prissy’ in “Gone with the Wind”, Butterfly McQueen, 84.

2020 | British designer and model, Stella Tennant, 50.

2002 | American actor who appeared in “Thing from Another World”, Kenneth Tobey, 85.

1863 | Irish-American general who participated in the American civil war, Michael Corcoran, 36.


1962 | British actor, Ralph Fiennes.

1982 | Jamaican deejay, professionally known as Assassin, Jeffrey E. Campbell.

1948 | British Radio presenter and DJ, Noel Edmonds.

1992 | South Korean rapper, Moonbyul.

1970 | American politician and member of United States senator, Rafael Edward Cruz.

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1972 | Tommy Docherty was appointed manager of Manchester United for a reported salary of £15,000 a year on this day.


2004 | The film named “Meet the Fockers” was released on this day in the USA directed by Jay Roach.

2000 | “The Family Man” for the first time premiered in the USA.


The Serengeti National Park is one of the most popular parks in the world, with over one million species of large mammals.