#TodayInHistory – March 22
March 22 – Some Important Events on this day
1622 👉🏼 First American Indian (Powhatan) massacre of Europeans in Jamestown Virginia, 347 victims.
1765 👉🏼 Stamp Act passed – 1st direct British tax on American colonists, organized by Prime Minister George Grenville.
1778 👉🏼 Captain James Cook sights Cape Flattery, now in Washington state
1784 👉🏼 The Emerald Buddha is moved with great ceremony to its current place in Wat Phra Kaew, Thailand.
Built in the 18th century, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha or Wat Phra Kaew, is situated in Bangkok, the capital of Thailand. Inside sits one of the most revered figurines in Thailand: the Emerald Buddha.
It is not known exactly where the figure originated but it is believed to have been found in northern Thailand around 1434. A legend tells the story that a monastery was struck by lightning in Chiang Rai and a monk found the statue. After moving around various sites in the country, it was moved to its present location on this day.
With the changing of seasons the King of Thailand or another member of the royal family changes the attire of the Emerald Buddha. Although it is called the Emerald Buddha, it is most likely made of jade or jasper, and emerald simply refers to the color of the statue.
1832 👉🏼 British Parliament, led by Charles Grey, passes the Reform Act, introducing wide-ranging changes to electoral system of England and Wales, increasing electorate from about 500,000 voters to 813,000
1895 👉🏼 Auguste & Louis Lumiere show their 1st movie to an invited audience 🎥
1903 👉🏼 Because of a drought, the U.S. side of Niagara Falls runs short of water 💦
1903 👉🏼 US Anthracite Coal Commission, set up by President Theodore Roosevelt, submits its recommendations for shorter hours, a 10-per cent wage increase, and an ‘open shop’.
1914 👉🏼 The St. Petersburg–Tampa Airboat Line becomes the world’s first scheduled airline.
1933 👉🏼 Franklin D. Roosvelt makes wine & beer with up to 3.2% alcohol legal 🍺
1954 👉🏼 Northland Center, the world’s largest shopping mall of the time, opens in Oakpark, Michigan 🇺🇸
1963 👉🏼 Beatles release 1st album, “Please Please Me” 🎶
1965 👉🏼 US confirms its troops used chemical warfare against the Vietcong
2018 👉🏼 US President Donald Trump imposes $60 billion worth of tariffs on Chinese imports.