This Day In History : June 22

1946 India

Gandhi's Call Against Hooliganism

On June 22, 1946, Mahatma Karamchand Gandhi delivered a powerful speech during a prayer meeting in New Delhi. In his address, he called on the South African government to put an end to the hooliganism perpetrated by Whites.

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Births on This Day, June 22
  • 1864 Hermann Minkowski

    German mathematician who created a geometry of numbers, and who used geometrical methods to solve difficult problems in number theory, mathematical physics and the theory of relativity

  • 1910 Konrad Zuse

    German civil engineer and computer pioneer who invented the first freely programmable computer

  • 1960 Erin Brockovich

    American lawyer and environmentalist

  • 1899 Richard Gurley Drew

    American inventor (created masking tape and cellophane at 3M)

  • 1918 Cicely Saunders

    English nurse, physician and writer who founded the first modern hospice

Deaths on This Day, June 22
  • 2004 Thomas Gold

    Austrian astrophysicist (proposed steady-state theory of universe)

  • 2009 Sam B. Williams

    American engineer and inventor of small fan-jet engine that made long-range cruise missiles feasible

  • 2022 Bruton Smith

    American motor sports promoter and owner (CEO NASCAR; track owner Speedway Motorsports, Inc.)

  • 1954 Karl Taylor Compton

    American educator and physicist who directed development of radar during WW II

  • 1925 Felix Klein

    German mathematician (Evanstan Colloquium)


The U.S. Congress creates the United States Department of Justice

The U.S. Congress established the Department of Justice on June 22, 1870, during the presidency of Ulysses S. Grant. This significant milestone marked the formalization of the department’s functions, which originally date back to 1789 when Congress created the office of the Attorney General.

First ring doughnut supposedly created by Hanson Gregory

The first ring doughnut is purported to have been created by Hanson Gregory on June 22, 1847. According to the popular story, Gregory, a ship captain from Maine, made the first ring-shaped doughnut by punching a hole in the center of the dough using a tin pepper box lid. This innovation allowed the doughnut to cook more evenly.

American physician Dr Andrew T. Still founds the study of Osteopathy

American physician Dr. Andrew Taylor Still founded the study of osteopathy on June 22, 1874. He developed this medical practice based on the principles that the body has an inherent ability to heal itself and that health can be maintained by correcting structural problems within the body.

1st Dairy Queen restaurant opens in Joliet, Illinois

The world’s first Dairy Queen opened in Joliet, Illinois at 501 N. Chicago St. on June 22, 1940. Sherb Noble, from Kankakee, introduced Dairy Queen to Joliet, with the primary goals of selling soft-serve ice cream and rapidly expanding their franchise across the country.
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