THIS DAY IN HISTORY 22/05


This Day in History 22/05

MAY 22ND


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334 BC – The Macedonian army of Alexander the Great defeats Darius III of Persia in the Battle of the Granicus



1840 – The transporting of British convicts to the New South Wales colony is abolished



1849 – Abraham Lincoln patents a buoying device



1858 – Confederación Granadina (now Colombia) forms



1892 – Dr Washington Sheffield invents toothpaste tube



1967 – Egyptian president Nassar closes Straits of Tiran to Israel



1972 – Ceylon becomes Republic of Sri Lanka as its constitution is ratified



1972 – Ton Sijbrands becomes world checkers champion



1985 – Real Madrid wins 14th UEFA Cup at Madrid



1990 – Microsoft releases Windows 3.0



1990 – North & South Yemen merge to form Republic of Yemen



1991 – Inter Milan wins 20th UEFA Cup at Rome



2004 – The U.S. town of Hallam, Nebraska, is wiped out by a powerful F4 tornado that broke a width record at an astounding 2.5 miles wide. It also kills one local resident.



2006 – Results from the Montenegrin independence referendum, 2006 are announced. 55.4% of voters vote to become independent from the Serbia and Montenegro Union.



2010 – Polish astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus’ remains are reburied in Frombork Cathedral, Poland after a 200 year search for his tomb



FAMOUS BIRTHDAYS



1813 – Richard Wagner, Leipsig Germany, composer (Ring, Flying Dutchman)



1859 – Arthur Conan Doyle, UK, author brought Sherlock Holmes to life twice


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1970 – Naomi Campbell, London England, model/actress (Cool as Ice, Unzipped


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1987 – Novak Đoković, Serbian tennis play



FAMOUS DEATHS



1885 – Victor(-Marie) Hugo, French writer (Les Miserables), dies at 83


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1910 – Jules Renard, French writer (Le plaisir the rompre), dies at 46



1921 – Marie E Wilton, writer, dies





1932 – Lady Augusta, [Isabella Gregory], playwright (Gold Apple), dies at 80



1939 – Ernst Toller, writer, dies at 45



1939 – Jiri Mahen, Czech author (b. 1882)





1948 – Claude McKaye, Jamaican/US author (Banjo, Home to Harlem), dies at 57



1949 – Klaus H T Mann, German/US writer (Turning Point), dies



1965 – Christopher Stone, first disc jockey in the United Kingdom (b. 1882)



1967 – Langston Hughes, American poet (Weary Blues) and playwright (Mulatto), dies at 65


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1970 – Joseph W Krutch, US writer (Measure of Man), dies at 76



2006 – Lee Jong-wook, Korean Director-General of the World Health Organisation (b. 1945)

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THIS DAY IN HISTORY 18/05


This Day in History 18/05

MAY 18TH

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1642 – Montreal, Canada, founded

1652 – Rhode Island enacts 1st law declaring slavery illegal

1803 – Britain declares war on France after Napoleon Bonaparte continues interfering in Italy & Switzerland

1804 – Napoleon Bonaparte proclaimed Emperor of France

1960 – Real Madrid won its 5th European Cup
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1974 – India becomes 6th nation to explode an atomic bomb

1997 – Tiger Woods wins Byron Nelson Golf Classic

2009 – Sri Lankan Civil War: The LTTE are defeated by the Sri Lankan government, ending almost 26 years of fighting between the two sides.

FAMOUS BIRTHDAYS

1868 – Nicholas II Alexandrovich, last tsar of Russia (1894-1917)

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1920 – John Paul II, [Karol Wojtyla], Wadowice Poland, 264th Roman Catholic Pope (1978-2005)

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1955 – Yun Fat Chow, Nam Nga Island Hong Kong, actor (Better Tomorrow)

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1970 – Tina Fey, Upper Darby Township, Pennsylvania, American writer/actress (Saturday Night Live)

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1981 – Mahamadou Diarra, Malian footballer

FAMOUS DEATHS

1973 – Jeannette Rankin, 1st Congresswoman (1917-19, 41-43) and pacifist, dies at 92

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1980 – Reid Blackburn, a photojournalist for National Geographic was also a victim of Mount St. Helens eruption (b. 1952)

1980 – Harry Truman, victim of Mount St. Helens eruption (b. 1896)

1980 – David A. Johnston, a U.S. Volcanoligist was also a victim of Mount St. Helens eruption (b. 1949)

1995 – Elizabeth Montgomery, actress (Bewitched), dies of cancer at 62

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2000 – Maulana Yousuf Ludhianvi, Muslim scholar

2013 – Steve Forrest, American actor (SWAT)

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