Today in History: 22nd of January


On this day in history...

Queen Victoria passes on

On the 22nd of January 1901, Queen Victoria passed away.

Victoria came to power at the young age of 18, in 1837, and would continue to rule until her death in 1901, making her 63-year reign the longest in British history.

Within her rule as Queen of England, the status of England would grow exponentially, along with its expansion, to become the super-power of an empire over which the sun literally never set.

Today, her legacy continues to live on, with a beautiful statue of her standing proudly, right before our very eyes, in front of the Port Elizabeth Public Library. 

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Actor Heath Ledger passes away

On the 22nd of January 2008, well-known Australian actor, Heath Ledger, passed away.

However, his legacy to the history of film would live on, particularly for his role as the villain character, The Joker, in Batman: The Dark Knight.

The deceased Heath Ledger would go on, even in death, to be awarded an Oscar for “best supporting actor” in the above mentioned role, making him only the second person in history to be awarded a posthumous Oscar after Peter Finch in 1978.


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“Bloody Sunday” in Russia

On the 22nd of January 1905, Imperialist soldiers under the Russian ruler at the time, Tsar Nicholas II, opened fire on protestors outside the Winter Palace, St. Petersburg, killing 500.

The protestors, who were unarmed, wished to present a petition to the Tsar expressing their grievances.

This reaction towards them would ignite even more grievances and would eventually lead to the first Russian Revolution in 1905, which would ultimately be crushed.

However, after the start of the First World War, the people of Russia would soon overthrow the Russian Autocracy and be replaced with a new leader, namely Vladimir Lenin.   


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Plane crash in Nigeria

On the 22nd of January 1973, a Royal Jordanian Airlines Boeing-707, carrying Muslim Pilgrims back to Nigeria, crashed and burst into flames at Kano International Airport, Nigeria.

176 lives were lost with just under 30 surviving.

The disaster has been regarded as the worst in Nigeria’s aviation history.


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Battle of Isandlwana

Today, on the 22nd of January 1879, the Battle of Isandlwana took place, one of the most famous battles in the Anglo-Zulu conflict.

At this battle, a British force of around 1500 troops was completely overrun and decimated by at least 12 000 Zulu warriors.

This overwhelming victory came in the wake of the British having, in their possession, artillery pieces and rifles while most Zulu warriors wielded traditional spears and shields (some held rifles but were not necessarily trained in using them).

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