Wednesday, May 22, 2019 (Week 21)

Today in History

What happened today in history?

Today is May 22. A chronological timetable of historical events that occurred today in history. Historical facts of the day in the areas of military, politics, science, music, sports, arts, entertainment and more. Discover what happened this day in history.

This day in History

2015
The Republic of Ireland, long known as a conservative, predominantly Catholic country, becomes the first nation in the world to legalize gay marriage in a public referendum.
2011
An EF5 tornado kills at least 158 people in Joplin, Missouri, the largest death toll from a tornado since record-keeping began in 1950.
2010
Following a 200-year search for the tomb of Polish astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus his remains are reburied in Frombork Cathedral
2004
An EF4 tornado with a record-setting width of 2.5 miles wipes out Hallam, Nebraska, killing 1 person.
2004
Fahrenheit 9-11, directed by Michael Moore, becomes the first documentary ever to win the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival.
1992
Johnny Carson’s final appearance on The Tonight Show on NBC, after 30 years as the program’s host.
1990
In the Middle East, North and South Yemen merge to become a single state.
1985
Baseball player Pete Rose passes Hank Aaron as National League run scoring leader with 2,108.
1972
Ceylon becomes the Republic of Sri Lanka as its constitution is ratified.
1967
The children’s program Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood premiers.
1947
The Truman Doctrine brings aid to Turkey and Greece.
1939
Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini sign a “Pact of Steel” forming the Axis powers.
1908
The Wright brothers register their flying machine for a U.S. patent.
1882
The United States formally recognizes Korea.
1872
The Amnesty Act restores civil rights to Southerners.
1868
The “Great Train Robbery” takes place as seven members of the Reno Gang make off with $98,000 in cash from a train’s safe in Indiana.
1863
Union General Ulysses S. Grant‘s second attack on Vicksburg fails and a siege begins.
1856
U.S. Congressman Preston Brooks of South Carolina beats Senator Charles Sumner with a cane for Sumner’s earlier condemnation of slavery, which included an insult to Brooks’ cousin, Senator Andrew Butler.
1804
The Lewis and Clark Expedition officially begins as the Corps of Discovery departs from St. Charles, Missouri.
1455
King Henry VI is taken prisoner by the Yorkists at the Battle of St. Albans, during the War of the Roses.
1246
Henry Raspe is elected anti-king by the Rhenish prelates in France.

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  • Charles M. Thomas
    11-26-2017 at 04:30 UTC

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    Chuck Thomas
    Butler, PA

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