Charles Fort: A Fortean Chronology, 1922.

"There is an account, in the London Daily News, Sept. 5, 1922, of little toads, which for two days had been dropping from the sky, at Chalon-sur-Saone, France."


Lo! by Charles Fort


  • January 7: Dáil Éireann, the extra-legal parliament of the Irish Republic, ratifies the Anglo-Irish Treaty by 64-57 votes.
  • January 10: Arthur Griffith is elected President of Dáil Éireann.
  • January 11: The first successful insulin treatment of diabetes is made.
  • January 13: The flu epidemic has claimed 804 victims in Britain.
  • January 15: Michael Collins becomes Chairman of the Irish Provisional Government.
  • January 24: Christian K. Nelson patents the Eskimo Pie.
  • January 26: Italian forces occupy Misurata in Libya. The reconquest of Libya begins.


  • February 1: American actor William Desmond Taylor is murdered.
  • February 2: Ulysses, by James Joyce, is published in Paris on his 40th birthday by Sylvia Beach.
  • February 5: DeWitt and Lila Wallace publish the first issue of Reader's Digest.
  • February 7: An explosion "of startling intensity" in the sky of the northwestern point of the London Triangle. (Books533)
  • February 8: President of the United States Warren G. Harding introduces the first radio in the White House.
  • February 14: Finnish Minister of the Interior Heikki Ritavuori is assassinated by Ernst Tandefelt.
  • February 15: A detonation in the sky above Orsay, (Seine-et-Oise), France. Nine hours later a second, similar, detonation is heard. (Books533)
  • February 25: Murderer Henri Désiré Landru is beheaded by the guillotine.
  • February 25: At Verneuil, in the province of Oise, France, a great fiery mass was seen falling from the sky. (Books533)
  • February 27: A challenge to the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, allowing women the right to vote, is rebuffed by the Supreme Court of the United States.
  • February 28: The United Kingdom accepts the independence of Egypt.



  • March 1: An ice mass breaks the Oder Dam in Breslau.
  • March 7: Flying Officer Holding disappears whilst flying from an airfield near Chester. He was last seen near Llangollen, Wales, turning back towards Chester. Holding disappeared far from the sea and over densley populated land. (Books953)
  • March 11: Mohandas Gandhi is arrested in Bombay for sedition.
  • March 14: A rock is seen to fall upon Chico, California, USA. (Books533)
  • March 15: Egypt having gained nominal independence from the United Kingdom, Fuad I becomes King of Egypt.
  • March 17: A "deluge" of rocks fall upon Chico, California, USA. (Books 533)
  • March 18: In India, Mohandas Gandhi is sentenced to 6 years in prison for sedition (he serves only 2 years).
  • March 22: Large, smooth rocks that "seemed to come straight from the clouds" fall upon Chico, California, USA. (Books 533)



  • April 3: Joseph Stalin is appointed General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Soviet Communist Party.
  • April 7: The first midair collision occurs, between a Daimler Airway de Havilland DH.18 and a Compagnie des Grands Express Aériens Farman Goliath over Poix-de-Picardie, Amiens, France.
  • April 10: The historic Genoa Conference commences in Genoa. The representatives of 34 countries convene to speak about monetary economics in the wake of World War I.
  • April 13: The State of Massachusetts opens all public offices to women.
  • April 16: A man is taken to London's Charing Cross Hospital suffering from a stab wound to the neck. He could tell nothing of himself except that, whilst walking along a turning off Coventry Street, he had been stabbed. Hours later a second man had been admitted to the hospital after being stabbed in the neck whilst walking along a turning off Coventry Street. Late on this day another man was taken to the same hospital with a stab wound to the neck, he gave very few details of himself, except to tell that his injury had occured whilst walking along a turning off Coventry Street. (Books887)



  • May 4: A discovery of three long mounds by F. Burned, in the lunar crater Archimedes. (Books536)
  • May 12: A 20-ton meteorite lands near Blackstone, Virginia, USA.
  • May 18: Particles of matter fall continuously for several days upon St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. The volcanoes of the West Indies are repoted as being "quiet". (Books536)
  • May 19: The Young Pioneer organization of the Soviet Union is established.
  • May 29: British Liberal MP Dan Gallant is jailed for 7 years for fraud.
  • May 30: In Washington, D.C., the Lincoln Memorial is dedicated.



  • June 14: U.S. President Warren G. Harding makes his first speech on the radio.
  • June 22: Irish Republican Army agents assassinate British field marshal Henry Hughes Wilson in Belgravia; the assassins are sentenced to death July 18.
  • June 24: Weimar Republic foreign minister Walter Rathenau is assassinated; the murderers are captured July 17.





  • August 22: Michael Collins is assassinated in West Cork.
  • August 23: Morocco revolts against the Spanish.
  • August 28: Japan agrees to withdraw its troops from Siberia.



  • September 9: Turkish forces pursuing withdrawing Greek troops enter İzmir.
  • September 9: Rescuers race to the point where an aircraft was seen to fall into the sea at Barmouth, Wales. Nothing is found! In the newspapers and journals of the time, there is no findable record of an aeroplane of this earth reported missing. (Books638)
  • September 13-15: Fire, probably started by Turkish troops, destroys most of Smyrna, killing an estimated 100,000.
  • September 13: The highest temperature in recorded history is taken in at 136.4 degrees F (58 degrees C), in El Aziziyah, Libya in shade.
  • September 20: An eclipse of the Sun. (Books825)
  • September 22: The Mandate of Palestine is approved by the Council of the League of Nations.



  • October 9: Sir William Horwood, London Metropolitan Police Service commissioner, is poisoned by arsenic-filled chocolates.
  • October 15: A large quantity of white substance fell upon the shores of Lake Michigan, near Chicago. (Books536)
  • October 18: The British Broadcasting Company is formed.
  • October 25: The Third Dáil enacts the Constitution of the Irish Free State.
  • October 28: In Italy, with the March on Rome, Fascism obtains power and Benito Mussolini becomes prime minister.
  • October 30: Benito Mussolini becomes the youngest Premier in the history of Italy.



  • November 1: The Ottoman Empire is abolished and its last sultan Mehmed VI Vahdettin abdicates.
  • November 5: In Egypt, British archaeologist Howard Carter and his men find the entrance to King Tutankhamen's tomb in the Valley of the Kings.
  • November 15: In the United Kingdom general election forced by the Conservatives' withdrawal from the coalition government, the Conservative Party wins an overall majority. (The 1922 Committee, popularly believed to take its name from this occasion, is not founded until the following year.)
  • November 21: Rebecca Felton of Georgia takes the oath of office, becoming the first woman United States Senator.
  • November 24: Popular author and Irish Republican Army member Robert Erskine Childers is executed by an Irish Free State firing squad for illegally carrying a revolver.
  • November 26: Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon become the first people to enter the tomb of Egyptian King Tutankhamun in over 3,000 years.



  • December 5: The British Parliament enacts the Irish Free State Constitution Act, by which it legally sanctions the new Constitution of the Irish Free State.
  • December 6: The Irish Free State officially comes into existence. George V becomes the Free State's monarch. Tim Healy is appointed first Governor-General of the Irish Free State and W. T. Cosgrave becomes President of the Executive Council.
  • December 16: Gabriel Narutowicz, president of Poland, is assassinated.
  • December 30: Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, and the Transcaucasia come together to form the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.