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
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.
An EF5 tornado kills at least 158 people in Joplin, Missouri, the largest death toll from a tornado since record-keeping began in 1950.
Following a 200-year search for the tomb of Polish astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus his remains are reburied in Frombork Cathedral
An EF4 tornado with a record-setting width of 2.5 miles wipes out Hallam, Nebraska, killing 1 person.
Fahrenheit 9-11, directed by Michael Moore, becomes the first documentary ever to win the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival.
Johnny Carson’s final appearance on The Tonight Show on NBC, after 30 years as the program’s host.
In the Middle East, North and South Yemen merge to become a single state.
Baseball player Pete Rose passes Hank Aaron as National League run scoring leader with 2,108.
Ceylon becomes the Republic of Sri Lanka as its constitution is ratified.
The children’s program Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood premiers.
The Truman Doctrine brings aid to Turkey and Greece.
Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini sign a “Pact of Steel” forming the Axis powers.
The Wright brothers register their flying machine for a U.S. patent.
The United States formally recognizes Korea.
The Amnesty Act restores civil rights to Southerners.
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.
Union General Ulysses S. Grant‘s second attack on Vicksburg fails and a siege begins.
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.
The Lewis and Clark Expedition officially begins as the Corps of Discovery departs from St. Charles, Missouri.
King Henry VI is taken prisoner by the Yorkists at the Battle of St. Albans, during the War of the Roses.
Henry Raspe is elected anti-king by the Rhenish prelates in France.