On This Day

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

Events in History


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 East Africa & Singapore v Argentina)
  • 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
  • 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
  • 1997 "Closer" play by Patrick Marber starring Clive Owen, opens at the Royal National Theatre in London

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

White House Intern Monica Lewinsky
White House Intern
Monica Lewinsky
42nd US President Bill Clinton
42nd US President
Bill Clinton
  • 2002 The remains of 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2004 Manmohan Singh becomes the 13th Prime Minister of India

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
Indian Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh
  • 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
  • 2018 Stacey Abrams is the first black woman to be nominated as US state governor - for Georgia

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2018 Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is questioned by members of the European parliament in Brussels in wake of its security scandal

Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg
Facebook Founder
Mark Zuckerberg
  • 2018 Outbreak of Nipah virus confirmed to have killed 10 including a nurse in Kozhikode, India
  • 2018 Australian court finds Archbishop of Adelaide Philip Wilson guilty of covering up sexual abuse in 1970s, most senior Catholic priest to be convicted
  • 2018 New York Stock Exchange announces Stacey Cunningham will be its first woman head in its 226-year history

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

2019 Protests break out in Jakarta, Indonesia against the re-election of President Joko Widodo, killing six people and injuring 200

President of Indonesia Joko Widodo
President of Indonesia
Joko Widodo
  • 2019 UN General Assembly votes for a motion condemning UK occupation of the Chagos Islands in the Indian Ocean and for them to reunite with nearby Mauritius
  • 2019 Washington State becomes the 1st US state to legalize composting human bodies
  • 2020 China unveils new national security legislation against Hong Kong at its annual legislative session
  • 2020 Pakistan International Airlines flight crashes near Jinnah International Airport in Karachi killing 97 with just two survivors

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