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  • On This Day: What happened on 22 June?

    On This Day: What happened on 22 June?

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


    2015 | The Afghan parliament building was attacked by gunmen after a suicide bombing. Six gunmen were killed and 18 were injured.

    2012 | The Turkish Air Force McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II was shot down by the Syrian Army, killing all pilots and disrupting already strained relations between Turkey and Syria.

    2002 | A magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck the northwestern part of Iran, killed at least 261 people, injured 1 300 others, and eventually caused public outrage over the government’s slow response.

    1984 | Virgin Atlantic Airways launched with its first flight from London Gatwick Airport.

    1978 | Charon, the first of Pluto’s satellites to be discovered, was first seen at the United States Naval Observatory by James W. Christy.

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    1960 | American actress, Tracy Pollan.

    1980 | Russian ice hockey player, Ilya Bryzgalov 

    1953 | American singer-songwriter, producer, and actress, Cyndi Lauper.

    1981 | New Zealand rugby player, Sione Lauaki.

    1964 | American author and academic, Dan Brown.


    1977 | French director and screenwriter, Jacqueline Audry, 69.

    2013 | Danish race car driver, Allan Simonsen, 38.

    2004 | American poet and author, Mattie Stepanek, 14.

    1977 | American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Rocket From the Tombs and Pere Ubu), Peter Laughner, 25.

    2003 | Belarusian war novelist, Vasil Bykaŭ, 79.


    1996 | England won a penalty shoot-out on this day beating Spain 4-2 on penalties at Wembley to reach the Euro 96 semi-finals.


    1984 | “The Karate Kid” was released on this day in the U.S.


    Louis and Mary Leakey renowned archaeologists and anthropologists spent most of their time working at Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania.

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