April 22 1898
The first shot of the Spanish-American war was fired when the USS Nashville captured a Spanish merchant ship.
April 22 1915
The German Army opens 5,700 canisters of chlorine gas upwind of French soldiers at Ypres. It is the first use of poison gas for military purposes.
April 22 1923
Kinky centerfold model Bettie Mae Page born in Nashville, Tennessee. As she describes herself, “I was never the girl next door.”
April 22 1934
John Dillinger‘s gang shoots their way out of an FBI ambush outside the Little Bohemia Hunting Lodge in northern Wisconsin. The FBI accidentally kills one innocent bystander and injures two others in the humiliating debacle.
April 22 1954
Porn star and onetime Ivory Snow model Marilyn Chambers is born in Westport, Connecticut.
Apr 22 1992
215 people are killed and 1,500 injured when two miles of sewer lines explode in Gaudalajara, Mexico. 20 city blocks in the downtown area are leveled by the blast. A corroded petroleum pipeline had filled the sewer with explosive fuel.
April 22 1994
Richard M. Nixon suffers a fatal stroke. His body is laid to rest on the grounds of his Presidential Library.
April 22 1997
After a four-month standoff, 140 government commandos storm the Japanese ambassador’s residence in Lima, Peru. Of the 72 hostages, one is killed in the ensuing firefight, along with all 14 of their captors.
April 22 2004
Army Ranger Pat Tillman is killed in action while kicking ass in Afghanistan. Tillman was a former NFL player who walked away from a $3.6M contract with the Arizona Cardinals to join the U.S. Army in May 2002, shortly after the 9/11 attacks. Much was made of his heroic death by Army leadership, but it was revealed that Tillman was actually killed by friendly fire.