Today In History — 22nd April

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Following are some of the major events to have occurred on April 22.

1915 – The second battle of Ypres started when German troops released clouds of deadly chlorine gas on British troops. It was the first major gas attack of World War One.

1969 – The British yachtsman Robin Knox-Johnston arrived at Falmouth after completing the first solo non-stop circumnavigation of the Earth, in 312 days.

1994 – Former U.S. president Richard Nixon died aged 81. He was the 37th president of the United States from 1969 until his resignation in 1974 over the Watergate scandal.

1997 – Peruvian troops stormed the Japanese ambassador’s residence in Lima, freeing 71 hostages held by Marxist Tupac Amaru guerrillas. One hostage, three soldiers and all 14 guerrillas were killed.

2000 – Cuban shipwreck survivor Elian Gonzales is taken by U.S. Federal agents from his Miami relatives.

2002 – Former Sotheby’s chairman Alfred Taubman was sentenced to a year and a day in prison and fined $7.5 million for fixing commission fees with rival auctioneer Christie’s.

2004 – A train laden with explosives blew up at a station near the centre of Ryongchon in North Korea. At least 161 people were killed, hundreds injured and nearly 2,000 homes destroyed in the blast.

2005 – Zacarias Moussaoui, the only person charged in the United States in connection with the Sept. 11 attacks, pleaded guilty and said Osama bin Laden had hand-picked him to fly a plane into the White House.

2008 – U.S. Air Force retires remaining F-117 Nighthawk aircraft from service.

2014 – First PLO delegation in Gaza since 2007 arrives for unity talks with Hama.

2016 – Paris Agreement on climate change ratified at United Nations in New York.

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