On this day: David Hempleman-Adams crossed the Atlantic

On this day in 2003, adventurer David Hempleman-Adams crossed the Atlantic Ocean in a wicker-basket hot air balloon. Picture: Getty
On this day in 2003, adventurer David Hempleman-Adams crossed the Atlantic Ocean in a wicker-basket hot air balloon. Picture: Getty
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Events, birthdays and anniversaries for 22 September

1735: Sir Robert Walpole became the first prime minister to occupy No 10 Downing Street.

1761: The coronation of King George III.

1792: French Republic was proclaimed and revolutionary calendar went into effect.

1862: American president Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, ordering the freeing of slaves.

1902: The earliest British airship, 75ft long and built by Stanley Spencer, made its maiden flight from Crystal Palace, London.

1934: The Gresford pit disaster in north Wales claimed the lives of 265 miners.

1949: Soviet Union exploded its first atomic bomb, four years after first US nuclear detonation.

1955: Commercial television started in Britain – the first advertisement was for Gibbs toothpaste.

1965: Ceasefire was declared in war between India and Pakistan, but both sides later violated it.

1972: Idi Amin gave Uganda’s 8,000 Asians 48 hours to leave the country.

1975: A woman political activist was arrested after trying to assassinate American president Gerald Ford in San Francisco.

1980: A Gulf war broke out when Iraq invaded Iran in an attempt to control the Shatt al Arab waterway on the Persian Gulf.

1980: Workers in Poland formed a new independent labour union, Solidarity.

1986: Two hijackers seized a Soviet airliner at Ural Mountains airport and killed two passengers before security agents recaptured plane and shot the hijackers.

1988: A radio operator died at his post sending distress messages after an explosion and fire on board the Ocean Odyssey drilling rig in the North Sea. Sixty-six men escaped.

1990: Jordan’s King Hussein appealed to US in live televised message to withdraw its troops from Saudi Arabia to avert “death, destruction and misery”.

1990: The Natural History Museum solved the Piltdown Man hoax. The culprit was the anthropologist Sir Arthur Keith.

1990: Alex Salmond was elected convener of SNP.

2003: David Hempleman-Adams became the first person to cross the Atlantic Ocean in an open-air, wicker-basket hot air balloon.

2011: Global shares fell sharply after the Federal Reserve gave a stark warning about the state of the US economy.


Billie Piper, actress and singer, 32; Scott Baio, actor, 54; John Caird, theatre director and writer, 66; Nick Cave, singer, 57; Chesney Hawkes, actor and singer, 43; Frazer Hines, British actor, 70; Joan Jett, rock musician, 56; Captain Mark Phillips, equestrian trainer, 66; Ronaldo, Brazilian footballer, 38; Sir John Tomlinson CBE, British operatic bass, 68; Fay Weldon CBE, novelist, 83.


Births: 1515 Anne of Cleves, fourth wife of King Henry VIII; 1756 William Smith, abolitionist and emancipator; 1791 Michael Faraday, chemist and physicist; 1880 Dame Christabel Pankhurst, suffragist; 1931 Viscount Younger of Leckie, politician.

Deaths: 1985 Axel Springer, publisher; 1989 Irving Berlin, song writer; 1996 Dorothy Lamour, actress; 1997 Viscount Tonypandy, House of Commons Speaker; 1998 Betty Carter, jazz singer; 1999 George C Scott, actor; 2007 Marcel Marceau, mime artist; 2010 Eddie Fisher, American singer; 2011 Mansur Ali Khan, cricketer.