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
760 - 14th recorded perihelion passage of Halley's Comet
1176 - Murder attempt by "Assassins" on Saladin near Aleppo
1200 - Peace of Goulet
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
1st Sultan of Egypt and Syria Saladin1st Sultan of Egypt and Syria Saladin 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
1799 - Napoleon makes statement in support of re-establishing Jerusalem for Jews
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.
French Emperor Napoléon BonaparteFrench Emperor Napoléon Bonaparte 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
1849 - Abraham Lincoln receives a patent (only US president to do so) for a device to lift a boat over shoals and obstructions
1856 - Violence in the US Senate, SC rep Brooks used a cane on Mass Sen Sumner
1858 - Confederación Granadina (now Colombia) forms
1863 - General Ulysses S. Grant begins siege on Vicksburg
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
US President & Union General Ulysses S. GrantUS President & Union General Ulysses S. Grant 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
Archaeologist and astronomer Andrew DouglassArchaeologist and astronomer Andrew Douglass 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
1923 - Stanley Baldwin succeeds Andrew Bonar Law as British premier
1926 - "Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue" by Gene Austin hits #1
1926 - Chiang Kai-shek replaces communists in Guomindang China
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
Chinese Military and Political Leader Chiang Kai-shekChinese Military and Political Leader Chiang Kai-shek 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
1939 - Hitler & Benito Mussolini sign "Pact of Steel"
1940 - Dutch Premier De Geer begins working with nazis
1940 - UK Premier Winston Churchill flies to Paris to decide with General Maxime Weygand a strategy to save the city
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"
Soviet Union Premier Joseph StalinSoviet Union Premier Joseph Stalin 1943 - Stalin disbands Komintern
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
1953 - US President Eisenhower signs Offshore Oil Bill
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
34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower 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
1956 - "Bob Hope Show" last airs on NBC-TV
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 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
Entertainer Bob HopeEntertainer Bob Hope 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
1962 - Roger Maris walks 5 times (record 4 intentionally) in a 9 inn game
1962 - Continental Airlines Flight 11 crashes after bombs explode on board.
1963 - Greek parliament leader Lambrakis injured
1963 - Mickey Mantle hits a ball off Yankee Stadium's facade
1963 - 8th European Cup: Milan beats Benfica 2-1 at London
1964 - LBJ presents "Great Society"
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
1966 - 18th Emmy Awards: The Fugitive, Dick Van Dyke & Mary Tyler Moore win
Actress Mary Tyler MooreActress Mary Tyler Moore 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)
LPGA Golfer Kathy WhitworthLPGA Golfer Kathy Whitworth 1977 - Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Coca-Cola Golf Classic
1977 - Red Sox (6) & Brewers (5) tie single game HR record of 11
1979 - Canadians elect conservatives, Joseph Clark replaces Pierre Trudeau as the 16th Prime Minister of Canada
1979 - Commencement of 1st ICC Trophy (PNG v E Afr & Singapore v Arg)
1979 - 1st ACE Cable Awards: "Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas" by Jim Henson and HBO
1981 - Soyuz 40 returns to Earth
1983 - Pat Bradley wins LPGA Chrysler-Plymouth Charity Golf Tournament
1983 - Toronto Blue Jay Cliff Johnson hits record 18th pinch hit HR
1985 - Pete Rose 2,108th run passes Hank Aaron as NL run scoring leader
1985 - US sailor Michael L Walker arrested for spying for USSR
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
Comedian and Television Host David LettermanComedian and Television Host David Letterman 1986 - Cher calls David Letterman an asshole on Late Night on NBC
1987 - 30 killed in a Texas tornado
1988 - 34th LPGA Championship won by 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
1990 - Andre Dawson receives a record 5 intentional walks in a game
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
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
NFL Legend Deion SandersNFL Legend Deion Sanders 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
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 perfs
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.
42nd US President Bill Clinton42nd US President Bill Clinton 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.
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.
2002 - Mike Babcock is named head coach of the Anaheim Mighty Ducks
2003 - In Fort Worth, Texas, Annika Sörenstam becomes the first woman to play the PGA Tour in 58 years.
NHL Coach Mike BabcockNHL Coach Mike Babcock 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.
2004 - 57th Cannes Film Festival: "Fahrenheit 9/11", directed by Michael Moore wins the Palme d'Or. First documentary to win.
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
Astronomer and Mathematician Nicolaus CopernicusAstronomer and Mathematician Nicolaus Copernicus 2010 - Polish astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus' remains are reburied in Frombork Cathedral, Poland after a 200 year search for his tomb.,
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.
2011 - 19th Billboard Music Awards: Eminem, Recovery win
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

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