This Day In History – May 22nd
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There have been thousands of these days in the past and more to come.
Each day of the week we look in the rearview mirror for a look back in time. Let’s go back in time to all the events, birthdays, and more that have happened on May 22nd in the past.
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Each day of the week, The Beat Chicago takes you back through the years to see all the birthdays, heavenly birthdays and major events that have impacted life here on Earth on this day in history.
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We start Backspin in 1970 and go all the way to 1999. We’ve cataloged all the biggest news stories, top movies, TV shows, sporting events and more to help you remember everything you forgot or, help you learn something you didn’t know.
Let’s go back in time to see everything that happened on this day in history
1761 – The first life insurance policy was issued in the U.S.
1819 – The steamship Savannah became the first to cross the Atlantic Ocean.
1841 – Henry Kennedy received a patent for the first reclining chair.
1849 – Abraham Lincoln received a patent for the floating dry dock.
1859 – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the man who created Sherlock Holmes was born
1868 – Members of the Reno Gang made off with $96,000 in cash, bonds and gold from a train robbery near Marshfield, Ind.
1872 – The Amnesty Act restored civil rights to Southerners.
1882 – The U.S. formally recognized Korea.
1891 – The first public motion picture was given in Thomas Edison’s lab.
1892 – Dr. Washington Sheffield invented the toothpaste tube.
1900 – The Associated Press was incorporated as a non-profit news cooperative in New York.
1900 – A. DeVilbiss, Jr. patented his pendulum-type computing scale.
1900 – Edwin S. Votey received a patent for the pianola (a pneumatic piano player). It could be attached to any piano.
1906 – The Wright brothers received a patent their flying machine.
1939 – Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini signed a military alliance between Germany and Italy known as the “Pact of Steel.”
1947 – The Truman Doctrine was enacted by the U.S. Congress to appropriate military and economic aid Turkey and Greece.
1955 – A scheduled dance to be headlined by Fats Domino was canceled by police in Bridgeport, Connecticut because “rock and roll dances might be featured.”
1955 – Jack Benny’s last live network radio show aired after a 23-year run.
1960 – An earthquake of magnitude 9.5, the strongest ever measured, hit southern Chile, claiming some 1,655 lives.
1964 – While speaking at the University of Michigan, President Lyndon B. Johnson outlined the goals of his “Great Society,” saying that it “rests on abundance and liberty for all” and “demands an end to poverty and racial injustice.”
1967 – “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” premiered on PBS.
1967 – CBS aired the final episode of “To Tell the Truth.”
1969 – A lunar module of Apollo 10 flew within nine miles of the moon’s surface. The event was a rehearsal for the first lunar landing.
1972 – U.S. President Nixon became the first U.S. president to visit Russia. He met with Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev.
1972 – The island Ceylon adopted a new constitution and became the republic of Sri Lanka.
1977 – Janet Guthrie set the fastest time of the second weekend of qualifying, becoming the first woman to earn a starting spot in the Indianapolis 500 since its inception in 1911.
1981 – “Yorkshire Ripper” Peter Sutcliffe was convicted in London of murdering 13 women and sentenced to life in prison.
1985 – Pete Rose passed Hank Aaron as National League run scoring leader with 2,108.
1986 – Sylvester Stallone agreed to a 10-picture, six-year deal with United Artists. He signed for a reported $15 million for each film.
1990 – In the Middle East, North and South Yemen merged to become a single state known as the Republic of Yemen.
1990 – Microsoft released Windows 3.0.
1992 – Johnny Carson hosted NBC’s “Tonight Show” for the last time. He had been host for 30 years.
1997 – Kelly Flinn, the U.S. Air Force’s first female bomber pilot certified for combat, accepted a general discharge. She thereby avoided court-martial on charges of adultery, lying and disobeying an order.
1998 – New information came to light about the June 1996 bombing that killed 19 American airmen. The information indicated that Saudi citizens had been responsible and not Iranians as once believed.
1998 – A federal judge ruled that Secret Service agents could be compelled to testify before a grand jury in the Monica Lewinsky investigation.
1999 – New Jersey’s Continental Airlines Arena sold out of tickets for 15 Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band shows.
2000 – Steely Dan received the Founders Award for a lifetime of songwriting at the ASCAP Pop Music Awards.
2001 – Ford Motor Co. said they were going to spend more than $2 billion to replace up to 13 million Firestone tires on its vehicles because of safety concerns.
2002 – Chandra Levy’s remains were found in Washington, DC’s Rock Creek Park. She was last seen on April 30, 2001. California Congressman Gary Condit was questioned in the case due to his relationship with Levy.
2002 – In Birmingham, AL, a jury convicted former Ku Klux Klansman Bobby Frank Cherry of murder in the 1963 church bombing that killed four girls.
2003 – At the Colonial in Fort Worth, TX, Annika Sorenstam became the first woman to play on the PGA tour in 58 years. She ended the day at 1-over par.
2003 – The final manuscript of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, which was annotated by the composer, sold at an auction for $3.47 million.
2011 – A tornado devastated Joplin, Mo., with winds up to 250 mph, claiming at least 159 lives and destroying about 8,000 homes and businesses.
2014 – The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation to end the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of American phone records. (However, the USA Freedom Act would be later blocked in the Senate.)
BORN ON THIS DAY
Sir Laurence Olivier (Laurence Kerr Olivier) 1907 – Actor, director, producer
Sun Ra (Herman Poole Blount, Le Sony’r Ra) 1914 – Musician
Michael Constantine 1927 – Actor
T. Boone Pickens 1928 – Oil tycoon
Susan Strasberg 1938 – Actress
Richard Benjamin 1938 – Actor, director
Paul Winfield 1939 – Actor (“Sounder”)
Bernard Shaw 1940 – Broadcast journalist
Michael Sarrazin 1940 – Actor
Barbara Parkins 1942 – Actress
Bernie Taupin 1950 – Songwriter, worked with Elton John
Morrissey 1959 – Musician (The Smiths)
Jesse Valenzuela 1962 – Musician (Gin Blossoms)
Johnny Gill 1966 – Singer (New Edition)
Dan Roberts 1967 – Musician (Crash Test Dummies)
Naomi Campbell 1970 – Model
Alison Eastwood 1972 – Actress, director
Anna Belknap 1972 – Actress (“CSI: NY”)
Donell Jones 1973 – Musician