May 22 Events in History - May 22 Birthdays - May 22 Deaths
2015 Construction workers discover an unexploded bomb from World War II near Wembley Stadium in London; after evacuations near the site, explosives specialists safely defused and removed the threat
2014 Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman announces reduction of at least 45,000 jobs, expanding the original plan for 34,000 cuts; Whitman seeks to refocus and align HP with changing computing habits such as use of cloud services rather than servers
2014 Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha has become interim leader of Thailand in a military coup today; the military has thrown out part of the constitution, imposed a curfew and placed media and Internet communication under its control
2013 Sigmundur Davio Gunnlaugsson, the Prime Minister elect of Iceland, announces he will indefinitely extend January's freeze on European Union membership talks
2013 Ibragim Todashev, a suspect under FBI questioning in Orlando, Florida, for his connections to the April 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, is shot dead after attacking an agent during the course of questioning
2012 Sarah West, a British naval officer Commander is appointed commander of HMS Portland, the Royal Navy frigate; she is the first female officer to take command of a major British warship
2012 Yahoo! sells off its stake in Alibaba Group for $7.1 billion
2011 Jimmy Choo, a U.S. company, is sold to Labelux, a private equity firm for $800 million
2011 Tornadoes hit Joplin, Missouri, and a state of emergency is declared; more tornadoes hit Minneapolis, Minnesota and warnings are announced in states from Texas to Michigan
2010 Air India Express Flight 812 crashes near Mangalore International Airport; eight passengers survive and 158 perish
2004 Stanley Cup Finals, Tampa Bay Lightnings beat Calgary Flames 4 games to 3
1998 Federal rules that the Secret Service must testify in the Lewinsky case
1996 "Tartuffe: Born Again," opens at Circle in Sq Theater New York City for 29 performances
1996 Emmy 23rd Daytime Award presentation - Susan Lucci loses for 16th time
1995 Laverne and Shirley 20th anniversary reunionn special, televised
1994 Elaine Crosby wins LPGA Lady Keystone Golf Open
1994 Toronto NBA franchise unveils name "Raptors" and logo
1993 Riddick Bowe TKOs Jesse Ferguson in 2 for heavyweight boxing title
1992 California Angels, are involved in a bus crash, in New Jersey
1992 India launches its Agni rocket
1992 Johnny Carson's final appearance as host of Tonight Show
1991 Inter Milan wins 20th UEFA Cup at Rome
1991 NFL Owners agree to add 2 teams in 1994
1991 Roh Jai Bong resigns as premier of South Korea
1990 Andre Dawson sets record being intentionally walked 5 times
1990 Dow Jones avg hits a record 2,852.23
1990 Final episode of "Newhart" airs
1990 Microsoft releases Windows 3.0
1990 North and South Yemen merge to form Republic of Yemen
1988 34th LPGA Championship won by Sherri Turner
1988 Karoly Grosz succeeds party leader Janos Kadar in Hungary
1987 30 killed in a Texas tornado
1986 Cher called David Letterman an asshole on Late Night on NBC
1985 Pete Rose 2,108th run passes Hank Aaron as NL run scoring leader
1985 Real Madrid wins 14th UEFA Cup at Madrid
1985 U.S. sailor Michael L. Walker arrested for spying for U.S.S.R.
1983 Pat Bradley wins LPGA Chrysler-Plymouth Charity Golf Tournament
1983 Toronto Blue Jay Cliff Johnson hits record 18th pinch hit home run
1981 Soyuz 40 returns to Earth
1980 Marlo Thomas and Phil Donahue marry
1979 Canadians elect conservatives, Joseph Clark replaces Pierre Trudeau
1979 Commencement of 1st ICC Trophy (PNG vs. E Afr and Singapore vs. Arg)
1977 Final European scheduled run of Orient Express (94 years)
1977 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Coca-Cola Golf Classic
1977 Red Sox (6) and Brewers (5) tie single game home run record of 11
1976 NASA launches space vehicle S-179
1976 St. Louis Cardinal Reggie Smith hits 3 home run
1975 8th ABA Championship: Kentucky Colonels beat Ind Pacers, 4 games to 1
1974 Ruffian begins her racing career as a filly and dies 14 months later
1974 Soccer team Veendam forms
1974 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1973 Emmy News and Documentaries Award presentation
1973 President Nixon confesses his role in Watergate cover-up
1972 Ceylon becomes Republic of Sri Lanka as its constitution is ratified
1972 Ton Sijbrands becomes world checker champion
1972 U.S. president Nixon begins visit Moscow
1970 Arab terrorists kill 9 children and 3 adults on a school bus
1970 France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
1970 Mel Stottlemyre sets record by walking 11, but wins 2-0
1969 Stafford and Cernan pilot Apollo 10 LEM 9.4 mi(15km) above lunar surface
1968 Pittsburgh Pirate Willie Stargell hits 3 home runs, a double and a single
1967 "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood," debuts on NET (now PBS)
1967 Egyptian president Nassar closes Straits of Tiran to Israel
1967 Fire at L'Innovation department store kills 322 (Brussels, Belgium)
1966 18th Emmy Awards: Fugitive, Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore
1966 Shirley Englehorn wins LPGA Babe Didrikson Zaharias Golf Open
1965 "Super-cali-fragil-istic-expi-ali-docious" hits #66
1965 Beatles' "Ticket to Ride," single goes #1
1965 Mad Dog Vachon beats Igor Vodic in Omaha, to become NWA champ
1964 Lyndon Baines Johnson presents "Great Society"
1963 A. C. Milan wins 8th Europe Cup 1 at London
1963 Greek parliament leader Lambrakis injured
1963 Mickey Mantle hits a ball off Yankee Stadium's facade
1962 14th Emmy Awards: Bob Newhart Show, E G Marshall and Shirley Booth
1962 Netherlands telephone net becomes completely automated
1962 Robert A. Rushworth, USAF major, takes X-15 to 30,600m
1962 Roger Maris walks 5 times (record 4 intentionally) in a 9 inn game
1961 "Mother-In-Law" by Ernie K-Doe hits #1
1961 "Touchables In Brooklyn" by Dickie Goodman hits #42
1961 1st revolving restaurant (Top Of The Needle in Seattle), opens
1960 Virtually all coastal towns between 37th and 44th parallels severly damaged by tsunami that strikes Hilo, Hawaii at 01:04 AM
1959 Benjamin O Davis, Jr. becomes 1st black General-major in USAF
1957 KBTexas TV channel 3 in Bryan, Texas (CBS) begins broadcasting
1957 Red Sox set AL record by smashing 4 home runs in 6th inning in 11-0 win
1957 South Africa government approves race separation in universities
1956 "Bob Hope Show," last airs on NBC-TV
1956 KRIS TV channel 6 in Corpus Christi, Texas (NBC) begins broadcasting
1955 Oldest man to drive in the Grand Prix (aged 55) finishes 6th
1954 80th Preakness: Johnny Adams aboard Hasty Road wins in 1:57.4
1954 KREX TV channel 5 in Grand Junction, CO (CBS) begins broadcasting
1954 Robert Zimmerman aka Bob Dylan is Bar Mitzvahed
1953 President Eisenhower signs Offshore Oil Bill
1953 Yankee Irv Noren hits into a triple-play, Yankees beat Washington 12-4
1950 Celal Bayar elected president of Turkey
1950 Dutch poet Gerrit Achterberg wins PC Hooft prize
1950 Richard Strauss' "4 Last Songs" (4 letzte Lieder) in London
1947 "Truman Doctrine" goes into effect, aiding Turkey and Greece
1947 1st U.S. ballistic missile fired
1946 Yankees turn triple-play and defeat Tigers' 5-3
1945 6th Marine division reaches suburbs of Naha Okinawa
1945 NSB-Fuhrer Rost van Tonningen attempts and fails at suicide
1943 1st jet fighter is tested
1943 RAF scatters 1st copies of "The Flying Hollander"
1943 Stalin disbands Komintern
1942 Mexico declares war on nazi-Germany and Japan
1941 British troops attack Baghdad
1940 Dutch Premier De Geer begins working with nazis
1940 Premier Winston Churchill flies to Paris
1939 Hitler and Mussolini sign "Pact of Steel"
1938 Dodgers announce contracts to install lights at Ebbets Field
1933 Loch Ness Monster is 1st reportedly sighted by John Mackay
1933 World Trade Day/National Maritime Day 1st celebrated
1931 Canned rattlesnake meat 1st goes on sale in Florida
1930 Ruth hits 3 consecutive home run (8th-10th of 60 in 1930)
1930 Yankee "Bronx Bombers" hit 14 home runs in a game
1928 U.S. Congress accept Jones-White Merchant Naval Act
1927 8.3 earthquake strikes Nan-Shan China, 200,000 killed
1927 Dodgers beat Phillies, 20-4
1926 "Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue" by Gene Austin hits #1
1926 Chiang Kai-shek replaces communists in Guomindang China
1926 Dutch Communist Party expels David Wijnkoop
1924 In Chicago, Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb kidnap Robert Franks
1923 Stanley Baldwin succeeds Andrew Bonar Law as British premier
1916 French troops occupy parts of Fort Douaumont Verdun
1915 Local train collides with troop train killing 226 (Gretna Scotland)
1911 Braves pitcher, Cliff Curtis, loses his 23rd game in a row
1909 1st San Francisco fireboat, David Scannell, launched
1907 Albert Trott takes two hat-tricks in an innings, Mddx vs. Somerset
1906 10th anniversary Olympic games close at Athens, Greece
1906 31st Preakness: Walter Miller aboard Whimsical wins in 1:45
1906 Wright Brothers patent the aeroplane
1905 Royal Academy in Delft Holland becomes Technical High School
1902 36th Belmont: John Bullman aboard Mastermam wins in 2:22.6
1900 Associated Press organizes in New York City as non-profit news cooperative
1900 Edwin S Votey patents pneumatic piano player
1893 Montreal Athletic Association beat Ottawa Generals 2-1, in 1st Cup Game
1892 Dr. Washington Sheffield invents toothpaste tube
1891 1st motion picture shown to National Federation of Women's Clubs
1888 Leroy Buffington patents a system to build skyscrapers
1885 13th Preakness: Jim McLaughlin aboard Tecumseh wins in 2:49
1884 1-armed pitcher Hugh Daily fanned 13 hitters
1883 Cub's Billy Sunday's 1st at bat, begins 14 consecutive strikes out
1877 3rd Kentucky Derby: Billy Walker aboard Baden-Baden wins in 2:38
1872 Amnesty Act restores civil rights to Southerners (except for 500)
1868 Great Train Robbery-7 men (Reno Brother) make off with $98,000 in cash
1864 Battle of N Anna River, Virginia (Totopotamy River, Haw's Shop, Hanovertown)
1863 General Grant begins siege on Vicksburg
1863 War Department establishes Bureau of Colored Troops
1858 Confederacion Granadina (now Colombia) forms
1856 Violence in Senate, South Carolina Representative Brooks used a cane on Massachusetts Senator Sumner
1849 Abraham Lincoln patents a buoying device
1843 1st wagon train, 1000+ depart Independence Missouri for Oregon
1836 Felix Mendelssohn's oratorium "St. Paul," premieres in Dusseldorf
1819 1st steam propelled vessel to cross Atlantic (Savannah leaves Ga)
1807 Former Vice President Aaron Burr is tried for treason in Richmond Virginia (acquitted)
1807 Townsend Speakman 1st sells fruit-flavored carbonated drinks in Philadelphia
1803 1st public library opens (Connecticut)
1784 Ceylonese student leader Pieter Quint Ondaatje demands democracy
1762 Sweden and Prussia sign peace treaty
1761 1st life insurance policy in U.S., issued in Philadelphia
1746 Russia and Austria signs treaty of cooperation
1712 Emperor Karel VI crowned king of Hungary
1659 France, England and Netherlands sign "Hedges Concerto" treaty
1629 Emperor Ferdinand II and Danish King Christian IV sign Peace of Lubeck
1594 Earl Mauritius and Willem Louis begins siege of Groningen
1570 1st atlas, with 70 maps, published
1526 Pope Clemens VII, France, Genoa, Venice, Florence and Milan form Anti-French League of Cognac
1455 Open battle in England's 30-year War of the Roses (St. Albans)
1455 Richard of York takes St. Albans, kidnapping King Henry VI
1370 Jews are expelled/massacred from Brussels Belgium
1200 Peace of Goulet
1176 Murder attempt by "Assassins" on Saladin near Aleppo
760 14th recorded perihelion passage of Halley's Comet