This Day In History : November 22

1988 United States

First Prototype B-2 Spirit Stealth Bomber Revealed in Palmdale, CA

On November 22, 1988, the first prototype of the B-2 Spirit stealth bomber was revealed in Palmdale, California. This advanced aircraft introduced cutting-edge stealth technology, designed for strategic bombing missions with reduced radar detection capabilities.

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Discover what happened on November 22 with HISTORY's summaries of major events, anniversaries,
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Births on This Day, November 22
  • 1942 Guion S. Bluford Jr.

    Guion “Guy” S. Bluford, Jr. is a Black-American astronaut who was the first Black astronaut when he went into space on 30 Aug 1983, aboard the space shuttle Challenger.

  • 2024 Wiley Post

    American aviator who was one of the most colourful figures of the early years of U.S. aviation, and set many records.

  • 1809 Benedict Augustin Morel

    Austrian-born French psychologist who introduced the term dementia praecox to refer to a mental and emotional deterioration beginning at the time of puberty.

  • 1917 Andrew F. Huxley

    Andrew Fielding Huxley was an English physiologist who shared (with Sir Alan Hodgkin and Sir John Carew Eccles) the 1963 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine.

  • 1904 Louis Néel

    Louis-Eugène-Félix Néel was a French physicist who shared, (with the Swedish astrophysicist Hannes Alfvén) the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1970 for his pioneering studies of the magnetic properties of solids.

Deaths on This Day, November 22
  • 1904 Asaph Hall

    American astronomer, discovered and named the two moons of Mars, Phobos and Deimos, and calculated their orbits.

  • 1902 William Chandler Roberts-Austen

    English metallurgist whose research on the physical properties of metals and their alloys had many practical and industrial applications.

  • 1884 Karl von Vierordt

    German physician and professor of medicine who invented the sphygmograph (1854), the first instrument to trace a human pulse by a non-invasive measurement of blood pressure.

  • 1944 Arthur Stanley Eddington

    English astrophysicist, and mathematician known for his work on the motion, distribution, evolution and structure of stars.

  • 1988 Raymond A. Dart

    Raymond A(rthur) Dart was an Australian-born South African physical anthropologist and paleontologist whose discoveries of fossil hominids led to significant insights into the evolutionary origins of human beings.


Golf clubs

In 1910, the first U.S. patent for a steel-shafted golf club was issued to Arthur F. Knight of Schenectady, N.Y. (No. 976,267).

Lebanon gains their independence from France

Lebanon gained its independence from France on November 22, 1943. This marked the end of the French mandate and the beginning of Lebanon's sovereignty.

Angela Merkel becomes the first female Chancellor of Germany

On November 22, 2005, Angela Merkel became the first female Chancellor of Germany, marking a historic milestone in German politics and global leadership. Merkel's tenure as Chancellor spanned several terms and she became known for her pragmatic leadership style and role in shaping European and international policies.

Assassination of John F. Kennedy

On November 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated while riding in a motorcade through Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Texas. This tragic event shocked the nation and the world, leading to widespread mourning and investigations that have continued to provoke debate and conspiracy theories.
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