What Happened on May 22

Historical Events

  • 1843 1st wagon train with 700 - 1000 migrants, departs Independence, Missouri for Oregon
  • 1939 Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini sign "Pact of Steel" in Berlin, Germany
  • 1946 First US rocket (WAC Corporal) to reach edge of space fired from White Sands Missile Range New Mexico
  • 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
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May 22 in Film & TV

May 22 in Music

  • 1900 American inventor Edwin S Votey receives patent for pneumatic piano player

May 22 in Sport

Did You Know?

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.

On May 22, 2004

Would You Believe?

First modern sighting of the Loch Ness Monster by Aldie and John Mackay saw "something resembling a whale"

On May 22, 1933

Famous Weddings

  • 1860 US Major General George McClellan (33) weds Mary Ellen Marcy at Calvary Church in NYC, New York
  • 1945 American paranormal investigator Lorraine Moran (18) weds partner Ed Warren (18)
  • 1956 Swedish actress Anita Ekberg (24) weds actor and singer Anthony Steel (36) in Florence, Italy; divorce in 1959

Famous Divorces

  • 2001 Actress and former fitness guru Jane Fonda (63) divorces CNN founder Ted Turner (62) due to irretrievably broken marriage 10 years after getting married

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