Thursday, May 22, 2008


This Day in History, May 22
On May 22nd, 1906, the Wright Brothers patented the airplane.

Other Notable Events, May 22
In 334 B.C., Alexander the Great defeated Persian King Darius III at Granicus, Turkey.

In 1868, seven members of the Reno gang stole $98,000 from a railway car at Marshfield, Ind. It was the original "Great Train Robbery."

In 1924, the discovery of the body of Bobby Franks, 13, of Chicago led to the arrest of Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb. They were sentenced to 99 years in prison for the so-called "thrill killing."

In 1972, U.S. President Richard Nixon became the first U.S president to visit Moscow.

In 1987, a tornado flattened Saragosa, Texas, population 185, killing 29 residents and injuring 121.

In 1991, Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev asked the world's industrialized nations for $100 billion in economic loans and grants to bolster the Soviet economy.

In 1992, Johnny Carson ended his nearly 30-year career as host of "The Tonight Show" with what NBC said was the highest-rated late-night TV show ever.

In 1993, France, Great Britain, Russia, Spain and the United States approved a joint policy calling for a negotiated settlement of the war in Bosnia. However, the Muslim president of Bosnia rejected the plan.

In 1994, a tougher U.N.-approved economic embargo against Haiti took effect.

In 1998, a federal judge ruled that members of the U.S. Secret Service could be required to testify before a grand jury investigating U.S. President Bill Clinton's relationship with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky.

Also in 1998, voters in Ireland and Northern Ireland approved a plan to bring peace to violence-torn Ulster.

In 2000, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a federal law requiring cable TV systems to limit sexually explicit channels to late-night hours.

In 2002, authorities in Birmingham, Ala., convicted the fourth and final suspect in the 1963 church bombing that killed four young black girls. Bobby Frank Cherry, 71, a former Ku Klux Klansman, was sentenced to life in prison.

In 2003, NASA's Mars Global Surveyor spacecraft orbiting Mars took a unique photo of Earth, the first from another planet, showing Earth as a tiny world in the vast darkness of space.

In 2003 sports, Annika Sorenstam of Sweden, considered the best female golfer of the day, became the first woman in 59 years to compete in a PGA event. Her 5-over-par 145 through two rounds of the Bank of America Colonial tournament failed to make the cut.

In 2004, President George W. Bush was slightly injured when he fell off his bicycle toward the end of a 17-mile ride on his Texas ranch.

Also in 2004, U.S. lawmakers overwhelmingly approved legislation aimed at expanding high-level military cooperation between the Taiwanese and U.S. militaries.

And, Prince Felipe of Asturias, heir to the Spanish throne, married television newscaster Letizia Ortiz in a Roman Catholic ceremony in Madrid.

In 2005, officials said about 100 U.S. military installations in Iraq will be consolidated into four heavily fortified, strategically located air bases.

Also in 2005, relatives of 45 Chilean soldier recruits reported missing in a march during a severe Andes snowstorm accused army officers of abandoning the men.

Copyright 2006 by United Press International

Notable Birthdays for May 22
Those born on this date include:
- German composer Richard Wagner in 1813
- Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of Sherlock Holmes, in 1859
- Actor Laurence Olivier in 1907
- Pioneering jazz musician Sun Ra (born Herman Blount) in 1914
- Critic Judith Crist in 1922 (age 84)
- French singer Charles Aznavour in 1924 (age 82)
- Pianist/composer Peter Nero in 1934 (age 72)
- Actor/director Richard Benjamin in 1938 (age 68)
- Actor Michael Sarrazin in 1940 (age 66)
- Actor Paul Winfield in 1941
- And model/actress Naomi Campbell in 1970 (age 36).

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