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On This Day: April 22, 2018

  1707Henry Fielding, Novelist
  1904Robert Oppenheimer, Inventor of atomic bomb
  1916Yehudi Menuhin, Violinist
  1925George Cole, Film & TV actor; 'Arthur' in TV's 'Minder'
  1937Jack Nicholson, American film actor; 'The Shining' & 'Batman'
  1948Carol Drinkwater, Television actress
  1950Peter Frampton, Rock singer
  1960Lloyd Honeyghan, Boxer

  1500The area that became Brazil was discovered by Portuguese explorers
  1662The Royal Society of London was granted its royal charter
  1778James Hargreaves, the inventor of the 'spinning jenny', died
  1884Colchester and parts of East Anglia were hit by an earthquake, killing four people
  1943The Bank Of England ceased printing 1,000 notes
  1969Single-handed round the world sailor Robin Knox Johnston returned to Falmouth
  1984Britain broke off diplomatic relations with Libya
  1987James Callaghan, former Labour PM, was made a member of the Order Of The Garter
  1989The country's first locally assembled aircraft, the Air Beetle, is commissioned in Kaduna.
  1990Mutinous soldiers of the Nigerian Army led by Major Gideon Orkar, stage a coup which is quickly aborted. The coupists had announced plans to excise the far North
from the country.
  1992The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) is proscribed.
  1997Dr. Tunji Braithwaite files a suit at Court of Appeal challenging the adoption of the Head of State, General Sani Abacha, as presidential candidate of the Grassrool
Democratic Movement (GDM).

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