Historical Events on 22nd May

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334 BC The Macedonian army of Alexander the Great defeats Darius III of Persia in the Battle of the Granicus

Macedonian King and Conqueror of Persia Alexander the Great
Macedonian King and Conqueror of Persia
Alexander the Great
  • 760 14th recorded perihelion passage of Halley's Comet

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1176 Murder attempt by "Assassins" on Saladin near Aleppo

1st Sultan of Egypt and Syria Saladin
1st Sultan of Egypt and Syria
Saladin
  • 1200 Treaty of Le Goulet signed between France and England
  • 1370 Jews are expelled/massacred from Brussels, Belgium
  • 1377 Pope Gregory XI issues five papal bulls to denounce the doctrines of English theologian John Wycliffe.
  • 1455 Opening battle in England's 30-year Wars of the Roses. Richard of York takes St Albans, capturing King Henry VI
  • 1526 Pope Clemens VII, France, Genoa, Venice, Florence & Milan form Anti-French League of Cognac
  • 1570 1st atlas 'Theatrum Orbis Terrarum' (Theatre of the World), published by Abraham Ortelius in Antwerp with 70 maps
  • 1594 Earl Mauritius & Willem Louis begins siege of Groningen
  • 1629 Emperor Ferdinand II & Danish King Christian IV sign Peace of Lubeck
  • 1659 France, England & Netherlands sign "Hedges Concerto" treaty
  • 1712 Emperor Karel VI crowned king of Hungary
  • 1746 Russia & Austria sign treaty of cooperation
  • 1761 1st life insurance policy in North America issued in Philadelphia
  • 1762 Sweden & Prussia sign peace treaty
  • 1784 Ceylonese student leader Pieter Quint Ondaatje demands democracy

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1799 Napoleon makes statement in support of re-establishing Jerusalem for Jews

French Emperor Napoléon Bonaparte
French Emperor
Napoléon Bonaparte
  • 1803 1st public library opens (Connecticut)
  • 1807 Former VP Aaron Burr is tried for treason in Richmond, Va (acquitted)
  • 1807 Townsend Speakman 1st sells fruit-flavored carbonated drinks (Phila)
  • 1819 1st steam propelled vessel to cross Atlantic (Savannah leaves Ga)
  • 1826 HMS Beagle departs on its first voyage.
  • 1836 Felix Mendelssohn's oratorio "St Paul" premieres in Dusseldorf
  • 1840 The transporting of British convicts to the New South Wales colony is abolished.
  • 1842 Farmers Lester Howe and Henry Wetsel discover Howe Caverns in New York state when they stumble upon a large gaping hole in the ground.
  • 1843 1st wagon train, 1000+ depart Independence Missouri for Oregon

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1849 Abraham Lincoln receives a patent (only US president to do so) for a device to lift a boat over shoals and obstructions

US President Abraham Lincoln
US President
Abraham Lincoln
  • 1856 Violence in the US Senate, SC rep Brooks used a cane on Mass Sen Sumner
  • 1858 Confederación Granadina (now Colombia) forms

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1863 General Ulysses S. Grant begins siege on Vicksburg

US President & Union General Ulysses S. Grant
US President & Union General
Ulysses S. Grant
  • 1863 War Dept establishes Bureau of Colored Troops
  • 1864 Battle of N Anna River, VA (Totopotamy River, Haw's Shop, Hanovertown)
  • 1868 Great Train Robbery-7 men (Reno Brother) make off with $98,000 in cash
  • 1872 Amnesty Act restores civil rights to Southerners (except for 500)
  • 1877 3rd Kentucky Derby: Billy Walker aboard Baden-Baden wins in 2:38
  • 1883 Cubs' Billy Sunday's 1st at bat, begins 14 consecutive strikes out
  • 1884 1-armed pitcher Hugh Daily fanned 13 hitters
  • 1885 13th Preakness: Jim McLaughlin aboard Tecumseh wins in 2:49
  • 1888 Leroy Buffington patents a system to build skyscrapers
  • 1891 1st motion picture shown to Natl Federation of Women's Clubs
  • 1892 Dr Washington Sheffield invents toothpaste tube
  • 1893 Montreal Athletic Association beat Ottawa Generals 2-1, in 1st Cup Game
  • 1897 The Blackwall Tunnel, London, under the River Thames was officially opened
  • 1900 Associated Press organizes in NYC as non-profit news cooperative
  • 1900 Edwin S Votey patents pneumatic piano player
  • 1902 36th Belmont: John Bullman aboard Mastermam wins in 2:22.6
  • 1902 US President Roosevelt signs a treaty with Mexico under which both countries agree to submit a long-standing dispute over interest payments to the Court of Arbitration at The Hague
  • 1903 Launch of the White Star Liner SS Ionic.
  • 1905 Royal Academy in Delft Holland becomes Technical High School
  • 1906 10th anniversary Olympic games close at Athens, Greece
  • 1906 31st Preakness: Walter Miller aboard Whimsical wins in 1:45
  • 1906 Wright Brothers patent an aeroplane
  • 1906 A British garrison leaves Esquimalt, on the Pacific coast, after a military occupation that began in 1858: these were the last British soldiers stationed in Canada
  • 1907 Albert Trott takes two hat-tricks in an innings, Middlesex v Somerset
  • 1909 1st San Francisco fireboat, David Scannell, launched
  • 1911 Braves pitcher, Cliff Curtis, loses his 23rd game in a row
  • 1915 Local train collides with troop train killing 226 (Gretna, Scotland)
  • 1915 Lassen Peak erupts with a powerful force, and is the only mountain, other than Mount St. Helens, to erupt in the continental US during the 20th century.
  • 1916 French troops occupy parts of Fort Douaumont Verdun

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1919 Andrew E. Douglass establishes the relative dates of two archaeological sites using ancient wood samples, marking a major step forward in the dating of archaeological sites

Archaeologist and astronomer Andrew Douglass
Archaeologist and astronomer
Andrew Douglass
  • 1923 Stanley Baldwin succeeds Andrew Bonar Law as British premier
  • 1926 "Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue" by Gene Austin hits #1

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1926 Chiang Kai-shek replaces communists in Guomindang China

Chinese Military and Political Leader Chiang Kai-shek
Chinese Military and Political Leader
Chiang Kai-shek
  • 1926 Dutch Communist Party expels David Wijnkoop
  • 1927 8.3 earthquake strikes Nan-Shan China, 200,000 killed
  • 1927 Dodgers beat Phillies, 20-4
  • 1928 US Congress accept Jones-White Merchant Naval Act
  • 1930 Ruth hits 3 consecutive HR (8th-10th of 60 in 1930)
  • 1930 Yankee "Bronx Bombers" hit 14 HRs in a game
  • 1931 Canned rattlesnake meat 1st goes on sale in Florida
  • 1933 Loch Ness Monster is 1st reportedly sighted by John Mackay
  • 1933 World Trade Day/National Maritime Day 1st celebrated
  • 1936 Aer Lingus (Aer Loingeas) is founded by the Irish government as the national airline of the Republic of Ireland.
  • 1938 Dodgers announce contracts to install lights at Ebbets Field

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1939 Hitler & Benito Mussolini sign "Pact of Steel"

Italian Dictator Benito Mussolini
Italian Dictator
Benito Mussolini
Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • 1940 Dutch Premier De Geer begins working with nazis

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1940 UK Premier Winston Churchill flies to Paris to decide with General Maxime Weygand a strategy to save the city

Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister
Winston Churchill
  • 1941 British troops attack Baghdad
  • 1942 Mexico declares war on Nazi-Germany & Japan
  • 1942 The Steel Workers Organizing Committee disbands, and a new trade union, the United Steelworkers, is formed.
  • 1943 1st jet fighter is tested
  • 1943 RAF scatters 1st copies of "The Flying Hollander"

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1943 Stalin disbands Komintern

Soviet Union Premier Joseph Stalin
Soviet Union Premier
Joseph Stalin
  • 1945 6th US Marine division reaches suburbs of Naha Okinawa
  • 1945 NSB-Fuhrer Rost van Tonningen makes failed suicide attempt
  • 1946 Yankees turn triple-play & defeat Tigers 5-3
  • 1946 First US rocket (WAC Corporal) to reach edge of space fired from White Sands Missile Range New Mexico
  • 1947 "Truman Doctrine" goes into effect, aiding Turkey & Greece
  • 1947 1st US ballistic missile fired
  • 1950 Celal Bayar elected president of Turkey
  • 1950 Dutch poet Gerrit Achterberg wins PC Hooft prize
  • 1950 Richard Strauss' "4 Last Songs" (4 letzte Lieder) in London

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1953 US President Eisenhower signs Offshore Oil Bill

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • 1953 Yankee Irv Noren hits into a triple-play, Yanks beat Wash 12-4
  • 1954 79th Preakness: Johnny Adams aboard Hasty Road wins in 1:57.4
  • 1954 KREX TV channel 5 in Grand Junction, CO (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1954 Robert Zimmerman aka Bob Dylan is Bar Mitzvahed
  • 1955 Oldest man to drive in the Grand Prix (aged 55) finishes 6th

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1956 "Bob Hope Show" last airs on NBC-TV

Entertainer Bob Hope
Entertainer
Bob Hope
  • 1956 KRIS TV channel 6 in Corpus Christi, TX (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1957 KBTX TV channel 3 in Bryan, TX (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1957 Red Sox set AL record by smashing 4 HRs in 6th inning in 11-0 win
  • 1957 South Africa's government approves race separation in universities
  • 1959 Benjamin O Davis Jr becomes 1st black major general in US Air Force
  • 1960 Virtually all coastal towns between 37th & 44th parallels severly damaged by tsunami that strikes Hilo, Hawaii at 01:04 AM
  • 1961 "Mother-In-Law" by Ernie K-Doe hits #1
  • 1961 "Touchables In Brooklyn" by Dickie Goodman hits #42
  • 1961 1st revolving restaurant (Top Of The Needle in Seattle) opens
  • 1962 14th Emmy Awards: Bob Newhart Show, E G Marshall & Shirley Booth win
  • 1962 Netherlands telephone network becomes completely automated
  • 1962 Major Robert A Rushworth, USAF, takes X-15 to 30,600m

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1962 Roger Maris walks 5 times (record 4 intentionally) in a 9 inn game

American Baseball Player Roger Maris
American Baseball Player
Roger Maris
  • 1962 Continental Airlines Flight 11 crashes after bombs explode on board.
  • 1963 Greek parliament leader Lambrakis injured

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1963 Mickey Mantle hits a ball off Yankee Stadium's facade

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle
  • 1963 8th European Cup: Milan beats Benfica 2-1 at London

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1964 LBJ presents "Great Society"

36th US President Lyndon B. Johnson
36th US President
Lyndon B. Johnson
  • 1965 "Super-cali-fragil-istic-expi-ali-docious" hits #66
  • 1965 Beatles' "Ticket to Ride" single goes #1
  • 1965 Mad Dog Vachon beats Igor Vodic in Omaha, to become NWA champ

Film tv awardsTelevision Awards

1966 18th Emmy Awards: The Fugitive, Dick Van Dyke & Mary Tyler Moore win

  • 1966 Shirley Englehorn wins LPGA Babe Didrikson-Zaharias Golf Open
  • 1967 "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" debuts on NET (now PBS)
  • 1967 Egyptian president Nassar closes Straits of Tiran to Israel
  • 1967 Fire at L'Innovation dept store kills 322 (Brussels, Belgium)
  • 1968 Pitts Pirate Willie Stargell hits 3 HRs, a double & a single
  • 1969 Stafford & Cernan pilot Apollo 10 LEM 9.4 mi(15km) above lunar surface
  • 1970 Arab terrorists kill 9 children & 3 adults on a school bus
  • 1970 France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
  • 1970 Mel Stottlemyre sets record by walking 11, but wins 2-0
  • 1971 A British soldier is killed by members of the Official Irish Republican Army in Belfast
  • 1972 Ceylon becomes Republic of Sri Lanka as its constitution is ratified
  • 1972 Ton Sijbrands becomes world checkers champion
  • 1972 US president Nixon begins visit to Moscow
  • 1972 Over 400 women in Derry attack the offices of Official Sinn Féin in Derry, North Ireland, following the shooting of William Best by the Official Irish Republican Army
  • 1973 President Nixon confesses his role in Watergate cover-up
  • 1974 Ruffian begins her racing career as a filly & dies 14 months later
  • 1974 Soccer team Veendam forms
  • 1974 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1975 8th ABA Championship: Kentucky Colonels beat Ind Pacers, 4 games to 1
  • 1976 NASA launches space vehicle S-179
  • 1976 St Louis Cardinal Reggie Smith hits 3 HR
  • 1977 Final European scheduled run of Orient Express (94 years)

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1977 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Coca-Cola Golf Classic

LPGA Golfer Kathy Whitworth
LPGA Golfer
Kathy Whitworth
  • 1977 Red Sox (6) & Brewers (5) tie single game HR record of 11

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1979 Canadians elect conservatives, Joseph Clark replaces Pierre Trudeau as the 16th Prime Minister of Canada

Prime Minister of Canada Pierre Trudeau
Prime Minister of Canada
Pierre Trudeau
  • 1979 Commencement of 1st ICC Trophy (PNG v E Afr & Singapore v Arg)

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1979 1st ACE Cable Awards: "Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas" by Jim Henson and HBO

Muppeteer Jim Henson
Muppeteer
Jim Henson
  • 1981 Soyuz 40 returns to Earth

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1983 Pat Bradley wins LPGA Chrysler-Plymouth Charity Golf Tournament

LPGA Golfer Pat Bradley
LPGA Golfer
Pat Bradley
  • 1983 Toronto Blue Jay Cliff Johnson hits record 18th pinch hit HR

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1985 Pete Rose 2,108th run passes Hank Aaron as NL run scoring leader

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose
  • 1985 US sailor Michael L Walker arrested for spying for USSR

Film release premierFilm Premier

1985 "A View to a Kill", 14th James Bond film, last to star Roger Moore, also starring Grace Jones and Christopher Walken, premieres in San Francisco

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1986 Cher calls David Letterman an asshole on Late Night on NBC

Comedian and Television Host David Letterman
Comedian and Television Host
David Letterman
  • 1987 30 killed in a Texas tornado

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1988 34th LPGA Championship won by Sherri Turner

LPGA Golfer Sherri Turner
LPGA Golfer
Sherri Turner
  • 1988 Károly Grósz succeeds party leader Janos Kádár in Hungary
  • 1990 Dow Jones avg hits a record 2,852.23
  • 1990 Final episode of "Newhart" airs
  • 1990 Microsoft releases Windows 3.0
  • 1990 North & South Yemen merge to form Republic of Yemen

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1990 Andre Dawson receives a record 5 intentional walks in a game

MLB Star Andre Dawson
MLB Star
Andre Dawson

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1990 Deion Sanders becomes involved in a dispute with Chicago White Sox catcher Carlton Fisk, one of the most infamous incidents of Sanders' baseball career

NFL Legend Deion Sanders
NFL Legend
Deion Sanders
  • 1991 NFL Owners agree to add 2 teams in 1994
  • 1991 Roh Jai Bong resigns as premier of South Korea
  • 1992 California Angels, are involved in a bus crash, in NJ
  • 1992 India launches its Agni rocket
  • 1992 Johnny Carson's final appearance as host of Tonight Show
  • 1992 NHL Clarence Campbell Conference Final: Chicago Blackhawks beat Edmonton Oilers, 4 games to 0

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1993 Riddick Bowe TKOs Jesse Ferguson in 2 for heavyweight boxing title

  • 1994 Elaine Crosby wins LPGA Lady Keystone Golf Open
  • 1994 Toronto NBA franchise unveils name "Raptors" & logo
  • 1995 Laverne & Shirley 20th anniversary reunion special, televised
  • 1996 "Tartuffe: Born Again" opens at Circle in Sq Theater NYC for 29 performances
  • 1996 Emmy 23rd Daytime Award presentation - Susan Lucci loses for 16th time
  • 1996 4th UEFA Champions League Final: Juventus beats Ajax (1-1, 4-2 on penalties) at Rome
  • 1997 Kelly Flinn, US Air Force's first female bomber pilot certified for combat, accepts a general discharge in order to avoid a court martial.

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1998 Lewinsky scandal: a federal judge rules that United States Secret Service agents can be compelled to testify before a grand jury concerning the scandal, involving President Bill Clinton.

42nd US President Bill Clinton
42nd US President
Bill Clinton
  • 2001 NHL Eastern Conference Final: New Jersey Devils beat Pittsburgh Penguins, 4 games to 1
  • 2002 37th Academy of Country Music Awards: Brooks & Dunn, Martina McBride & Alan Jackson win
  • 2002 The remains of the missing Chandra Levy are found in Rock Creek Park, Washington, D.C.
  • 2002 American civil rights movement: a jury in Birmingham, Alabama, convicts former Ku Klux Klan member Bobby Frank Cherry of the 1963 murders of four girls in the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church.

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2002 Mike Babcock is named head coach of the Anaheim Mighty Ducks

NHL Coach Mike Babcock
NHL Coach
Mike Babcock
  • 2003 In Fort Worth, Texas, Annika Sörenstam becomes the first woman to play the PGA Tour in 58 years.
  • 2004 The U.S. town of Hallam, Nebraska, is wiped out by a powerful F4 tornado that broke a width record at an astounding 2.5 miles wide. It also kills one local resident.

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2004 57th Cannes Film Festival: "Fahrenheit 9/11", directed by Michael Moore wins the Palme d'Or. First documentary to win.

Documentary Filmmaker Michael Moore
Documentary Filmmaker
Michael Moore
  • 2004 NHL Eastern Conference Finals: Tampa Bay Lightning beat Philadelphia Flyers, 4 games to 3
  • 2005 58th Cannes Film Festival: "The Child" directed by Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne wins the Palme d'Or
  • 2006 Results from the Montenegrin independence referendum, 2006 are announced. 55.4% of voters vote to become independent from the Serbia and Montenegro Union.
  • 2007 NHL Western Conference Final: Anaheim Ducks beat Detroit Red Wings, 4 games to 2

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2010 Polish astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus' remains are reburied in Frombork Cathedral, Poland after a 200 year search for his tomb.,

Astronomer and Mathematician Nicolaus Copernicus
Astronomer and Mathematician
Nicolaus Copernicus
  • 2010 18th UEFA Champions League Final: Internazionale beats Bayern Munich 2-0 at Madrid
  • 2011 An EF5 Tornado strikes the US city of Joplin, Missouri killing at least 158 people, the single deadliest US tornado since modern record keeping began in 1950.

Music awardsMusic Awards

2011 19th Billboard Music Awards: Eminem, Recovery win

Rapper Eminem
Rapper
Eminem
  • 2011 64th Cannes Film Festival: "The Tree of Life" directed by Terrence Malick wins the Palme d'Or
  • 2011 57th British Academy Television Awards: "Harry & Paul" Best Comedy, "Sherlock" Best Drama
  • 2012 14 people die and 30 are injured in train collision in India
  • 2012 Philip Philips is crowned the eleventh American Idol