January 19, 2022



January 1 - The towns of Espoo, Kauniainen and Kankaanpää turned into towns, the municipalities of Huittinen, Kokemäki and Parkano into townships and the countryside of Helsinki became a township called Vantaa. The independent township of Ikaalinen, which belonged to the Ikaalinen countryside, was abolished, when the entire countryside was transformed into an independent Ikaalinen township. The municipality of Ahlainen was annexed to the city of Pori and the municipality of Teisko to the city of Tampere. January 2 - Early parliamentary elections begin in Finland. Parliament was dissolved in October 1971. January 4 - Kurt Waldheim of Austria becomes Secretary-General of the United Nations. January 5 - Nasa releases plan to develop space shuttle. January 8 - The Pakistani government announces that former leader Yahya Khan has been placed under house arrest. January 9 - RMS Queen Elizabeth is destroyed in a fire in a Hong Kong port. Built in 1938, the ship was about to be converted into a sailing university ("Seawise University"). January 14 - King Frederick IX of Denmark dies in Copenhagen. Her daughter, Crown Princess Margaret, was declared queen the next day. January 20 - Dr. Ahti Karjalainen suggested that the possibilities for extending President Urho Kekkonen's term of office should be explored between the parties in the near future. In connection with the 1968 election, Kekkonen had announced that he would no longer run for office at the end of his term in 1974. January 20 - The Social Democratic Union of Workers and Small Farmers (TPSL) was removed from the party register after the party froze MPs in two consecutive parliamentary elections. January 23 - The whole of Istanbul was placed under house arrest for 24 hours. January 26 - Yugoslav JAT DC-9-32, flight 364 from Copenhagen to Zagreb explodes in the air near the GDR-Czechoslovak border. The remains of the plane fell into Srbská Kamenice. Flight attendant Vesna Vulović survived the 10-kilometer drop. January 28 - Hannu Tarmio, President and CEO of WSOY, announces his resignation from the company. The background was a dispute between Tarmio and the company's Supervisory Board. The Supervisory Board planned to succeed Tarmio with the company's former written director, Professor Eino E. Suolahte, who, however, refused due to the uproar over Tarmio's resignation. January 30 - Blood Sunday in Northern Ireland: 13 Catholic marchers killed by British army.


February 1 - The new Parliament elected Rafael Paasio of the SDP as Speaker, Johannes Virolainen of the Central Party as the First Deputy Speaker and Olavi Lähteenmäki of the Coalition Party as the Second Deputy Speaker. February 2 - Anti-British riots take place in Ireland. The British embassy was burned in Dublin. February 3 - The XI Winter Olympics begin in Sapporo, Japan. Finland was left without a gold medal for the first time. February 4 - A Mariner 9 spacecraft sends photos of Mars. February 4 - Bangladesh is recognized by all the Nordic countries. February 7 - As a result of the SMP's tactics, the bourgeois-majority Parliament received socialist-majority committees. The situation was rectified by by-elections. February 8 - SMP chairman Veikko Vennamo offers SDP and SKDL government cooperation, saying that “there is no longer a bourgeois majority in Parliament”. Feb. 10 - The TPSL was accepted back into the party register after it collected the required 5,000 supporter cards. February 16 - The State Film Inspectorate banned the screening of a Norwegian-US film based on the novel of Alexander Solzhenitsyn on Ivan Denisovich's Day in Finland for fear of damaging relations between Finland and the Soviet Union. February 21 - The unmanned Soviet spacecraft Luna 20 lands on the Moon, returning with samples of moonstones on its way back. February 21

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