Date History - On this day in history

Historical events for this day in history

Events on this day - May 22nd

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 killed one local resident.

2004 - Felipe, Prince of Asturias, of the Spanish Royal Family marries Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano.

2003 - In Fort Worth, Texas, Annika Sörenstam becomes the first woman to play the PGA Tour in 58 years.

2002 - In Washington, DC, the remains of the missing Chandra Levy are found in Rock Creek Park.

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.

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.

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.

1992 - After 30 years, 66-year-old Johnny Carson hosts The Tonight Show for the last time.

1990 - The Windows 3.0 operating system is released by Microsoft.

1990 - North and South Yemen are unified to create the Republic of Yemen.

1972 - Ceylon adopts a new constitution, changes its name to Sri Lanka, and joins the Commonwealth of Nations.

1969 - Apollo 10's lunar module flies within 8.4 nautical miles (16 km) of the moon's surface.

1968 - The nuclear-powered submarine the USS Scorpion sinks with 99 men aboard 400 miles southwest of the Azores.

1967 - The Innovation department store in the centre of Brussels, Belgium, burns down. It is the most devastating fire in Belgian history, which results in 323 dead and missing and 150 injured.

1967 - Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, the longest-running children's series on U.S. television, airs its first episode.

1964 - U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson announces the goals of his Great Society social reforms to bring an "end to poverty and racial injustice" in America.

1962 - Continental Airlines Flight 11 crashes after bombs explode.

1960 - An earthquake measuring 9.5 on the Richter scale, now known as the Great Chilean Earthquake, hits southern Chile. It is the most powerful earthquake ever recorded.

1947 - Cold War: In an effort to fight the spread of Communism, U.S. President Harry S. Truman signs an act into law that will later be called the Truman Doctrine. The act grants $400 million in military and economic aid to Turkey and Greece.

1942 - Mexico enters World War II on the side of the Allies

1939 - World War II: Germany and Italy sign the Pact of Steel.

1906 - Wright brothers are granted U.S. patent number 821,393 for their "Flying-Machine".

1906 - The 1906 Summer Olympics, not now recognized as part of the official Olympic Games, opens in Athens.

1872 - Reconstruction: U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant signs the Amnesty Act of 1872 into law restoring full civil rights to all but about 500 Confederate sympathizers.

1856 - Congressman Preston Brooks of South Carolina beats Senator Charles Sumner with a cane in the hall of the United States Senate for a speech Sumner had made attacking Southerners who sympathized with the pro-slavery violence in Kansas ("Bleeding

1840 - The transporting of British convicts to the New South Wales colony is abolished.

1819 - The SS Savannah leaves port at Savannah, Georgia, United States, on a voyage to become the first steamship to cross the Atlantic Ocean. The ship arrived at Liverpool, England on June 20.

1807 - A grand jury indicts former Vice President of the United States Aaron Burr on a charge of treason.

1762 - Sweden and Prussia sign the Treaty of Hamburg.

1455 - Wars of the Roses: At the First Battle of St Albans, Richard, Duke of York, defeats and captures King Henry VI of England.

1176 - Murder attempt by the Hashshashin (Assassins) on Saladin near Aleppo.

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