A Year In History: 1922

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This Year in History:


Discover what happened in this year with HISTORY’s summaries of major events, anniversaries, famous births and notable deaths.

March 10

Mohandas Gandhi arrested for sedition

After years of being repeatedly arrested and detained by his country’s British colonial government for his leadership activity in India’s independence movement, activist and spiritual leader Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi is arrested on March 10, 1922 in Bombay on his most serious charge yet: sedition. Gandhi—nicknamed Mahatma, which means “the great-souled one”—is sentenced to six years […]

May 30

Warren G. Harding becomes the first president to be heard on the radio

On May 30, 1922, President Warren G. Harding becomes the first president to have his voice transmitted by radio while addressing a crowd at the dedication of the Lincoln Memorial. The broadcast heralded a revolutionary shift in how presidents addressed the American public. It was not until three years later, however, that a president would […]

May 30

Former President Taft dedicates Lincoln Memorial

Former President William Howard Taft dedicates the Lincoln Memorial on the Washington Mall on May 30, 1922. At the time, Taft was serving as chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. A crowd gathered on the Mall to witness the ceremony.  The neoclassical monument honors 16th U.S. president Abraham Lincoln. Congress authorized construction of a monument […]

June 27

First Newbery Medal for children’s literature awarded to Hendrik Willem van Loon

On June 27, 1922, the American Library Association (ALA) awards the first Newbery Medal, honoring the year’s best children’s book, to The Story of Mankind by Hendrik Willem van Loon. The idea for an award honoring outstanding contributions to children’s literature came from Frederic G. Melcher, a former bookseller who in 1918 became an editor […]

December 30

USSR established

On December 30, 1922, in post-revolutionary Russia, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) is established, comprising a confederation of Russia, Belorussia, Ukraine and the Transcaucasian Federation (divided in 1936 into the Georgian, Azerbaijan and Armenian republics). Also known as the Soviet Union, the new communist state was the successor to the Russian Empire and […]