On This Day in History for May 22 (Part 2)

Events in History

Events 101 - 139 of 139

  • 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 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1976 NASA launches space vehicle S-179
  • 1977 Final European scheduled run of Orient Express (after 94 years)

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

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)
  • 1981 Soyuz 40 returns to Earth
  • 1985 US sailor Michael L Walker arrested for spying for USSR
  • 1987 30 killed in a Texas tornado
  • 1988 Károly Grósz succeeds party leader Janos Kádár in Hungary
  • 1990 Dow Jones avg hits a record 2,852.23
  • 1990 Microsoft releases Windows 3.0
  • 1990 North & South Yemen merge to form Republic of Yemen
  • 1991 Roh Jai Bong resigns as premier of South Korea
  • 1992 India launches its Agni rocket
  • 1992 Johnny Carson's final appearance as host of Tonight Show
  • 1995 Laverne & Shirley 20th anniversary reunion special, televised
  • 1996 Emmy 23rd Daytime Award presentation - Susan Lucci loses for 16th time
  • 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.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 2006 Results from the Montenegrin independence referendum, 2006 are announced. 55.4% of voters vote to become independent from the Serbia and Montenegro Union.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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
  • 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.
  • 2012 14 people die and 30 are injured in train collision in India
  • 2013 British Army Fusilier Lee Rigby is murdered near the Royal Artillery Barracks in London by two Islamic terrorists, Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale.
  • 2014 Royal Thai Armed Forces, led by General Prayut Chan-o-cha stage a coup in Thailand, suspending the kingdom's constitution and taking control of the government, the 12th since the country's first coup in 1932
  • 2015 Ireland becomes 1st country in the world to legalise same-sex marriage by popular vote

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2016 US President Barack Obama arrives in Vietman for a 3 day tour

44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama
  • 2016 Independent Alexander Van der Bellen defeats Freedom Party's Norbert Hofer by just 31,000 votes to become President in Austrian elections
  • 2017 Japanese researchers from University of Yamanashi report birth of mice from freeze-dried sperm stored on the International Space Station
  • 2017 South Africa's Western Cape province declares a drought disaster - worst for 113 years

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