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March 22 Birthdays

Anthony Van Dyck
Pronunciation: [both: van dIk]
1599–1641, Flemish portrait and religious painter and etcher, born in Antwerp.

Bienvenido Santos
novelist, poet, activist (1911)

Marcel Marceau
mime (1923)

Pat Robertson
evangelist and politician (1930)

Stephen Sondheim
composer (1930)

Andrew Lloyd Webber
composer (1948)

Reese Witherspoon
actress (1976)

March 22 in History


The Stamp Act was enacted on the American colonies by Britain.


U.S. naval hero Stephen Decatur was killed in a duel with dishonored former Chesapeake captain James Barron.


The first Stanley Cup championship game was played. The Montreal Amateur Athletic Association (which won the cup unchallenged the previous year) triumphed over the Ottawa Capitals.


Auguste and Louis Lumiere first demonstrated motion pictures using celluloid film in Paris.


The Arab League was formed in Cairo, by Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, and Syria.


Congress approved the Equal Rights Amendment and sent it to be ratified by the states. The amendment would fail to get the required 38 states to ratify it.


Comet Hale-Bopp made its closest approach to Earth in the skies over the northern hemisphere. The comet’s next pass is predicted for the year 4397.


Amadou Toumani Touré, The President of Mali, was ousted in a coup d'état.

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