On This Day..... May 22

MAY 22ND

  • TODAY IS NATIONAL VANILLA PUDDING DAY
  • TODAY IS NATIONAL SOLITAIRE DAY
  • TODAY IS NATIONAL MARITIME DAY

BIRTHDAYS:

  • ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE (1859-1930)
  • LAURENCE OLIVIER (1907-1989)
  • T. BOONE PICKENS (1928, 90)
  • HARVEY MILK (1930-1978)
  • TED KACZYNSKI (1942, 76)
  • BERNIE TAUPIN (1950, 68)
  • LISA MURKOWSKI (1957, 61)
  • MORRISSEY (1959, 59)
  • NAOMI CAMPBELL (1970, 48)
  • GINNIFER GOODWIN (1978, 40)
  • MAGGIE Q (1979, 39)
  • NOVAK DOKOVIC (1987, 31)

ON THIS DAY:

  • IN 334 BC, THE MACEDONIAN ARMY UNDER ALEXANDER THE GREAT CONQUERS DARIUS III OF PERSIA IN THE BATTLE OF GRANICUS
  • IN 337, CONSTANTINE THE GREAT DIES AT 47
  • IN 1455, THE FIRST BATTLE IS FOUGHT IN THE WAR OF THE ROSES
  • IN 1761, A PHILDELPHIA COMPANY ISSUES THE FIRST LIFE INSURANCE POLICIES IN THE NEW WORLD
  • IN 1802, MARTHA WASHINGTON DIES AT 70
  • IN 1803, THE FIRST US PUBLIC LIBRARY OPENS IN CONNECTICUT
  • IN 1807, AARON BURR’S TRIAL FOR TREASON BEGINS
  • IN 1807, THE FIRST SODA, A FRUIT FLAVORED CARBONATED DRINK, IS SOLD IN PHILADELPHIA BY TOWNSEND SPEAKMAN
  • IN 1840, BRITAIN ENDS ITS POLICY OF ABOLISHING CRIMINALS TO NEW SOUTH WALES IN AUSTRALIA
  • IN 1843, A “WAGON TRAIN” OF UP TO 1000 PEOPLE LEAVES MISSOURI TO OREGON
  • IN 1849, ABRAHAM LINCOLN PATENTS A DEVICE WHICH CAN LIFT A BOAT OVER OBSTRUCTIONS
  • IN 1856, SOUTH CAROLINA SENATOR BROOKS BEATS MASSACHUSETTS SENATOR CHARLES SUMNER WITH HIS CANE ON THE SENATE FLOOR
  • IN 1863, GENERAL ULYSSES GRANT BEGINS HIS ATTACK ON VICKSBURG, MISSISSIPPI
  • IN 1862, THE DEPARTMENT OF WAR ESTABLISHES A “BUREAU OF COLORED TROOPS”
  • IN 1884, ONE ARMED PITCHER HUGH “ONE ARM” DAILY STRIKES OUT THIRTEEN BATTERS FOR THE CHICAGO BROWNS
  • IN 1900, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS BEGINS SERVICE IN NEW YORK CITY
  • IN 1906, THE OLYMPIC GAMES IN ATHENS CLOSE
  • IN 1906, THREE YEARS AFTER INVENTING THEIR “FLYING MACHINE” THE WRIGHT BROTHERS PATENT IS FINALLY GRANTED
  • IN 1926, GENE AUSTIN HITS #1 WITH “FIVE FOOT TWO, EYES OF BLUE”
  • IN 1930, THE YANKEES HIT 14 HOME RUNS IN A GAME INCLUDING THREE BY BABE RUTH
  • IN 1931, FLORIDA BEGINS SELLING CANNED RATTLESNAKE MEAT
  • IN 1933, JOHN MACKAY FIRST ALLEGEDLY SEES THE LOCH NESS MONSTER
  • IN 1939, ADOLF HITLER AND BENITO MUSSOLINI SIGN A “PACT OF STEEL”
  • IN 1942, THE UNITED STEELWORKERS UNION FORMS
  • IN 1954, ROBERT ZIMMERMAN (LATER BOB DYLAN) HAS HIS BAR MITZVAH
  • IN 1956, NBC AIRS THE FINAL EPISODE OF “THE BOB HOPE SHOW”
  • IN 1957, THE BOSTON RED SOX SET A RECORD BY HITTING FOUR HOME RUNS IN ONE INNING IN THE 6TH INNING OF AN 11-0 WIN
  • IN 1958, JERRY LEE LEWIS LANDS AT HEATHROW AIRPORT AND GIVES AN INTERVIEW WHERE HE ADMITS THAT HIS NEW BRIDE IS HIS 14 YEAR OLD COUSIN. HIS TOUR WOULD BE CANCELLED OVER THE CONTROVERSY AFTER ONLY THREE SHOWS
  • IN 1961, ERNIE K DOE HITS #1 WITH “MOTHER IN LAW”
  • IN 1962, A BOMB EXPLODES ON BOARD CONTINENTAL FLIGHT 11 KILLING ALL
  • IN 1964, PRESIDENT JOHNSON DEBUTS HIS “GREAT SOCIETY”
  • IN 1965, THE BEATLES HIT #1 WITH “TICKET TO RIDE”
  • IN 1965, JULIE ANDREWS PEAKS AT #66 WITH “SUPERCALIFRAGILISTICEXPIALIDOCIOUS”
  • IN 1971, THE ROLLING STONES HAD THE #1 ALBUM WITH “STICKY FINGERS”
  • IN 1972, CEYLON CHANGES ITS NAME TO SRI LANKA
  • IN 1972, PRESIDENT NIXON TRAVELS TO MOSCOW
  • IN 1973, PRESIDENT NIXON CONFESSES TO HIS PART IN THE WATERGATE COVER UP
  • IN 1976, WINGS HITS #1 WITH “SILLY LOVE SONGS”
  • IN 1980, PHIL DONAHUE MARRIES MARLO THOMAS
  • IN 1985, ROGER MOORE’S FINAL JAMES BOND MOVIE “A VIEW TO KILL” OPENS
  • IN 1985, “RAMBO: FIRST BLOOD PART II” OPENS
  • IN 1986, CHER CALLS DAVID LETTERMAN AN ASSHOLE ON “LATE NIGHT WITH DAVID LETTERMAN” ON NBC
  • IN 1992, JOHNNY CARSON MAKES HIS FINAL APPEARANCE AS HOST OF “THE TONIGHT SHOW”
  • IN 1993, ACE OF BASE HIT #1 WITH “ALL THAT SHE WANTS”
  • IN 1995, ABC AIRS THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL OF “LAVERNE AND SHIRLEY”
  • IN 1998, A FEDERAL JUDGE RULES THAT THE SECRET SERVICE CAN BE COMPELLED TO TESTIFY IN THE MONICAL LEWINSKY TRAIL AGAINST BILL CLINTON
  • IN 2001, JANE FONDA DIVORCES TED TURNER AFTER 10 YEARS
  • IN 2001, NBC AIRS THE FINAL EPISODE OF “THIRD ROCK FROM THE SUN”
  • IN 2002, CHANDRA LEVY’S REMAINS ARE FOUND IN ROCK CREEK PARK IN DC
  • IN 2002, A JURY IN BIRMINGHAM CONVICTS FORMER KLAN MEMBERS FOR THE 1963 MURDER OF FOUR GIRLS IN THE BOMBING OF THE 16TH STREET BAPTIST CHURCH
  • IN 2005, THE DAVE MATTHEWS BAND HAVE THE #1 ALBUM WITH “STAND UP”
  • IN 2015, IRELAND BECOMES THE FIRST NATION TO LEGALIZE SAME SEX MARRIAGE BY POPULAR VOTE
  • IN 2017, A SUICIDE BOMBER KILLS 22 PEOPLE AT AN ARIANA GRANDE CONCERT IN MANCHESTER ARENA IN ENGLAND

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