November 22nd

2005
Angela Merkel takes office as German Chancellor. The physical chemist from former East Germany became the first female chancellor of the country.
Angela Merkel
2004
Orange Revolution begins in Ukraine. The revolution began after an election that was marred by widespread rumors of corruption and fraud. The protests resulted in electoral reforms in the country and November 22 was declared a Day of Freedom in 2005. The holiday was then moved to January 22 in 2011.
Orange Revolution
1998
'60 Minutes' aired video of Dr. Jack Kevorkian administering lethal drugs to a terminally ill patient.
Jack Kevorkian
1995
Toy Story released. Produced by Pixar, the movie which follows the adventures of human-like toys, was the world’s first feature-length computer-animated movie. Considered to be one of the best animated films every released, Toy story won 3 Oscars including Best Original Screenplay, Best Original Score, and Best Original Song.
Toy Story
1990
British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, having failed to win re-election to the Conservative Party leadership on the first ballot, announced her resignation.
Conservative Party (UK) leadership election, 1990
1986
Mike Tyson wins fight against Trevor Berbick. The victory won Tyson the World Boxing Council (WBC) heavyweight championship and made him world’s youngest heavyweight champion at the age of 20 years.
Trevor Berbick vs. Mike Tyson
1975
Juan Carlos was proclaimed king of Spain.
King Juan Carlos I of Spain
1969
Isolation of a single gene announced by scientists at Harvard University.
James A. Shapiro
1968
The Beatles' 'White Album' was released.
The Beatles (album)
1967
The U.N. Security Council approved Resolution 242, which called for Israel to withdraw from territories it captured in 1967, and implicitly called on adversaries to recognize Israel's right to exist.
United Nations Security Council Resolution 242
1963
John F. Kennedy assassinated. The 35th President of the United States was shot by Lee Harvey Oswald, while traveling in a motorcade in Dallas, Texas. He was the 4th American president to be assassinated while in office. The other 3 were Abraham Lincoln, James Abram Garfield, and William McKinley.
Assassination of John F. Kennedy
1943
President Franklin Roosevelt, British prime minister Winston Churchill, and Chinese leader Chiang Kai-shek met in Cairo to discuss measures for defeating Japan.
Cairo Conference
1935
Flying boat "China Clipper" takes off from Alameda, California, carrying 100,000 pieces of mail on 1st trans-Pacific airmail flight.
China Clipper
1926
Imperial Conference ends, giving autonomy inside British Commonwealth.
1926 Imperial Conference
1906
'S-O-S' was adopted as a distress signal at the International Radio Telegraphic Convention in Berlin.
SOS
1890
Charles de Gaulle was born in Lille, France.
Charles de Gaulle
1842
Mount St. Helens in Washington state erupted. Ash fallout reached as far as 48 mi away.
1718
English pirate Edward Teach - better known as "Blackbeard" - was killed during a battle off the North Carolina coast.
Blackbeard
1497
Portuguese explorer Vasco de Gama became the first navigator to sail around the Cape of Good Hope in his search for a sea route to India.
Vasco da Gama