Historical Events and Current Affairs on May 22

1176 :Murder attempt by "Assassins" on Saladin near Aleppo
1200 :Peace of Goulet
1370 :Jews are expelled/massacred from Brussels Belgium
1455 :Richard of York takes St Albans, kidnapping King Henry VI
1526 :Anti-French League of Cognac
1526 :Pope Clemens VII, France, Genoa, Venice, Florence & Milan form
1570 :1st atlas, with 70 maps, published
1594 :Earl Mauritius & Willem Louis begins siege of Groningen
1629 :Emperor Ferdinand II & Danish King Christian IV sign Peace of Lbeck
1659 :France, England & Netherlands sign "Hedges Concerto" treaty
1712 :Emperor Karel VI crowned king of Hungary
1746 :Russia & Austria signs treaty of cooperation
1761 :1st life insurance policy in US, issued in Phila
1762 :Sweden & Prussia sign peace treaty
1784 :Ceylonese student leader Pieter Quint Ondaatje demands democracy
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)
1836 :Felix Mendelssohn's oratorium "St Paul," premieres in Dsseldorf
1843 :1st wagon train, 1000+ depart Independence Missouri for Oregon
1849 :Abraham Lincoln patents a buoying device
1856 :Violence in Senate, SC rep Brooks used a cane on Mass Sen Sumner
1858 :Confederaci¢n Granadina (now Colombia) forms
1863 :General 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)
1883 :Cub's Billy Sunday's 1st at bat, begins 14 consecutive strikes out
1884 :1-armed pitcher Hugh Daily fanned 13 hitters
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 Assn beat Ottawa Generals 2-1, in 1st Cup Game
1900 :Associated Press organizes in NYC as non-profit news cooperative
1900 :Edwin S Votey patents pneumatic piano player
1905 :Royal Academy in Delft Holland becomes Technical High School
1906 :Wright Brothers patents an aeroplane
1907 :Albert Trott takes two hat-tricks in an innings, Mddx v Somerset
1909 :1st SF fireboat, David Scannell, launched
1915 :Local train collides with troop train killing 226 (Gretna Scotland)
1916 :French troops occupy parts of Fort Douaumont Verdun
1923 :Stanley Baldwin succeeds Andrew Bonar Law as British premier
1924 :In Chicago, Nathan Leopold & Richard Loeb kidnap Robert Franks
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)
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
1938 :Dodgers announce contracts to install lights at Ebbets Field
1939 :Hitler & Mussolini sign "Pact of Steel"
1940 :Dutch Premier De Geer begins working with nazis
1940 :Premier Winston Churchill flies to Paris
1941 :British troops attack Baghdad
1942 :Mexico declares war on nazi-Germany & Japan
1943 :1st jet fighter is tested
1943 :RAF scatters 1st copies of "The Flying Hollander"
1943 :Stalin disbands Komintern
1945 :6th Marine division reaches suburbs of Naha Okinawa
1945 :NSB-Fhrer Rost van Tonningen attempts & fails at suicide
1946 :Yankees turn triple-play & defeat Tigers' 5-3
1947 :"Truman Doctrine" goes into effect, aiding Turkey & Greece
1947 :1st US ballistic missile fired
1950 :Celal Bayar elected president of Turkey
1950 :Richard Strauss' "4 Last Songs" (4 letzte Lieder) in London
1953 :President Eisenhower signs Offshore Oil Bill
1953 :Yankee Irv Noren hits into a triple-play, Yanks beat Wash 12-4
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
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 govt approves race separation in universities
1959 :Benjamin O Davis Jr becomes 1st black gen-major in USAF
1960 :damaged by tsunami that strikes Hilo, Hawaii at 01:04 AM
1960 :Virtually all coastal towns between 37th & 44th parallels severly
1961 :1st revolving restaurant (Top Of The Needle in Seattle), opens
1962 :14th Emmy Awards: Bob Newhart Show, E G Marshall & Shirley Booth
1962 :Neth telephone net becomes completely automated
1962 :Robert A Rushworth, USAF major, takes X-15 to 30,600m
1963 :Greek parliament leader Lambrakis injured
1963 :Mickey Mantle hits a ball off Yankee Stadium's facade
1964 :LBJ presents "Great Society"
1965 :Mad Dog Vachon beats Igor Vodic in Omaha, to become NWA champ
1966 :18th Emmy Awards: Fugitive, Dick Van Dyke & Mary Tyler Moore
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
1972 :Ceylon becomes Republic of Sri Lanka as its constitution is ratified
1972 :Ton Sijbrands becomes world checker champion
1972 :US president Nixon begins visit Moscow
1973 :Emmy News & Documentaries Award presentation
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
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)
1979 :Canadians elect conservatives, Joseph Clark replaces Pierre Trudeau
1979 :Commencement of 1st ICC Trophy (PNG v E Afr & Singapore v Arg)
1980 :Marlo Thomas & Phil Donahue marry
1981 :Soyuz 40 returns to Earth
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
1986 :Cher called 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 :K roly Gr¢sz succeeds party leader J nos K d r in Hungary
1990 :Andre Dawson sets record being intentionally walked 5 times
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
1991 :Roh Jai Bong resigns as premier of South Korea
1992 :Calif 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
1993 :Riddick Bowe TKOs Jesse Ferguson in 2 for heavyweight boxing title
1994 :Toronto NBA franchise unveils name "Raptors" & logo
1995 :Laverne & Shirley 20th anniversary reunionn 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
2002 :Britain closed its Visa section in Pakistan and warned its citizens to be careful.
2002 :Funeral of Ghani Lone held.
2002 :Indian Prime Minister visits Line of Control (LoC) in Kashmir.
2002 :Pakistan court sentences former Prime Minister Ms. Benazir Bhutto for 3 years RI.
2002 :West Indies seal test series 2-1 against India with 155-run win at the final Jamaica test.



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