On This Day

22nd January

1521 – Emperor Charles V opened the Diet of Worms. (Not as disgusting as it sounds.)

1561 - Francis Bacon was born.

1879 – The Battle of Rorke's Drift: 139 British soldiers successfully defend their garrison against an onslaught by 3 to 4 thousand Zulu warriors.

1901 – Edward VII was proclaimed King after the death of his mother, Queen Victoria.

1905 – Bloody Sunday in Saint Petersburg began the 1905 revolution.

1924 – Ramsay MacDonald became the first Labour Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

1927 – The first live radio commentary of a football match was broadcast.

2002 – Kmart became the largest retailer in United States history to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.