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April 22
2014

Disasters Accidents Riots

The civil war in South Sudan threatened to turn into an ethnic conflict after hundreds of civilians were massacred by rebels, who had targeted key oil fields in a renewed offensive

April 22
2014

Sport Recreation

Manchester United manager David Moyes, appointed on the recommendation of his predecessor, the phenomenally successful Sir Alex Ferguson, was sacked after only 10 months following the team’s failure to qualify for the Champions League for the first time since 1995

April 22
2008

Society Law Politics

With still no result declared in Zimbabwe’s presidential election, churches claimed people were being tortured, abducted and even murdered in a campaign of political retribution against the opposition Movement for Democratic Change

April 22
2006

Society Law Politics

Iraqi leaders agreed to support Jawad al-Maliki as Prime Minister in place of embattled incumbent Ibrahim al-Jaafari, who had withdrawn his nomination for a second term. Al-Maliki was an ally of Jaafari who had taken tough stands against terrorism and the influence of former dictator Saddam Hussein’s Baath Party

April 22
2004

Deaths

Pat Tillman, a former NFL player who traded in his multimillion dollar contract with the Arizona Cardinals following the 9/11 attacks and joined the U.S. Army Rangers, was killed in action in Afghanistan, in an incident of friendly fire. Tillman, 27, was the first top-level professional sportsman to die in military action since the Vietnam era

April 22
2004

Disasters Accidents Riots

Two freight trains carrying gasoline and liquefied petroleum gas collided in North Korea, causing an explosion that killed around 160 people, including 76 children at a school torn apart by the blast, and destroyed more than 8,000 homes

April 22
2003

Economics Industry

Russia’s biggest oil producer, Yukos Oil, announced it would purchase rival company Sibneft; the newly created YukosSibneft would be the world’s fifth largest publicly traded oil company

April 22
2001

Sport Recreation

Rank outsider Hasim Rahman shocked the boxing world by knocking out world heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis in five rounds. The American, virtually unknown before the fight, floored Lewis with a huge right hand to take the WBC and IBF titles

April 22
2001

People

Former Beatle Paul McCartney's fortune soared to $1.02 billion, making him British pop music's first dollar billionaire

April 22
2000

Military

U.S. immigration agents seized a 6-year-old Cuban boy at the home of his Florida relatives after his father flew to the U.S. to reclaim him. His mother drowned but he was rescued from the sea as they tried to reach the U.S.

April 22
1999

Military

A NATO missile destroyed the Serbian state TV headquarters in Belgrade, killing at least 10 civilians, including journalists

April 22
1998

Society, Law & Politics

The Irish Parliament formally approved the Good Friday agreement

April 22
1998

Sport Recreation

Over 20 million people phoned the hotline for the soccer World Cup in France on the first day that tickets went on sale; only 15,000 callers were successful

April 22
1997

Military

Peruvian commandos ended a 126-day standoff at the Japanese ambassador's residence in Lima when they stormed the building and freed 72 hostages being held by Tupac Amaru guerillas

April 22
1996

Economics Industry

Channel Tunnel operators Eurotunnel announced a loss of £925m in its first year of operation