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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Tokyo Skytree, the tallest self-supporting tower in the world at 634 metres high, is opened to public.
After months of delays, American company SpaceX successfully launches its unmanned Dragon spacecraft aboard a Falcon 9 rocket, beginning a test mission to the International Space Station (ISS). //www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-18154937 (BBC)

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Air India Express Flight 812, with 166 people on board, crashes near Mangalore International Airport. //aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=20100522-0 (Aviation Safety Network) //english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2010/05/20105222203197322.html (Al Jazeera) //www.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/asiapcf/05/21/india.plane.crash/index.html?hpt=T1 (CNN) //news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/world/10141297.stm (BBC)
Air India Express Flight 812 overshoots the runway at Mangalore International Airport in India, killing 158 and leaving 8 survivors.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury and spiritual head of the Anglican community, declines to invite gay Bishop of New Hshire Gene Robinson and unrecognized conservative Bishop Martyn Minns of the Convocation of Anglicans in North America to the 2008 Lambeth Conference. //news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070522/ts_nm/religion_anglicans_conference_dc (Reuters)

Monday, May 22, 2006

U.S. congressman William J. Jefferson (D-La) refuses to resign, as he denies allegations of bribery after an FBI weekend raid of his office. //www.nytimes.com/aponline/us/AP-Congressman-Probe.html?hpex=1148356800en=b424ef0f85199143ei=5094partner=homepage (New York Times)

Saturday, May 22, 2004

Japanese prime minister Junichiro Koizumi visits North Korea, to secure the release of the families of the 9 abducted Japanese citizens returned earlier.
Dr. Manmohan Singh assumes office as the 17th and first SikhPrime Minister of the Republic Of India.
A section of the ceiling in Terminal 2E at Paris's Charles de Gaulle International Airport collapses, claiming at least 6 lives.

Thursday, May 22, 2003

The Sheffield Winter Gardens are officially opened by Elizabeth II.
U.S. General Tommy Franks, who commanded American-led forces in the recent conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq, announces his retirement.

Wednesday, May 22, 2002

The Mars Odyssey finds signs of large water ice deposits on the planet Mars.
Recent (discovery of) celebrity deaths: Police find the remains of missing intern Chandra Levy in a park in Washington, DC.
A barge collides with the Interstate 40 bridge across the Arkansas River in eastern Oklahoma, killing 14.
China Airlines Flight 611 disintegrates near the Penghu Islands at Taiwan Strait, killing all 225 people on board.
Estonia hosts the first Eurovision Song Contest in a former Soviet republic.
16th Street Baptist Church bombing: A jury in Birmingham, Alabama, convicts former Ku Klux Klan member Bobby Frank Cherry of the 1963 murders of 4 girls.

Tuesday, May 22, 2001

Sherpa Temba Tsheri, 16, becomes the youngest person to summit Mount Everest.
May 23 – The Bahá'í Terraces officially open on Mount Carmel in Haifa, Israel (site of the Shrine of the Báb and the Bahá'í World Centre).
Jim Jeffords, the United States Senator for Vermont, leaves the Republican Party and becomes an Independent. He joins the Democratic caucus, giving them a 51-49 majority for the remainder of 107th United States Congress.
A Hamas suicide bomber kills 21, mostly teenagers, in the Dolphinarium disco in Tel Aviv, Israel.
Crown Prince Dipendra of Nepal kills his father, the king, his mother and other members of the royal family with an assault rifle and then shoots himself in the Nepalese royal massacre. Dipendra dies June 4, as King of Nepal. His uncle Gyanendra accedes to the throne.

Thursday, May 22, 1997

Kelly Flinn, the U.S. Air Force's first female bomber pilot certified for combat, accepts a general discharge in order to avoid a court martial.

Sunday, May 22, 1994

Pope John Paul II issues the Apostolic Letter "Ordinatio Sacerdotalis" from the Vatican, expounding the Catholic Church's position requiring the reservation of priestly ordination to men alone.

Wednesday, May 22, 1991

Acting Prime Minister of South KoreaRo Jai-bong resigns in the wake of rioting following a beating death of a student by police on April 26. On May 24, he is succeeded by Chung Won-shik.

Monday, May 22, 1989

The Nordland Days in Leningrad region (Leningrad oblast) open.
An attempted assassination of Miguel Maza Marquez, director of the Departamento Administrativo de Seguridad (DAS) in Bogotá, Colombia is committed by members of the Medellín Cartel, who kill 4 and injure 37.
Tiananmen Square protests of 1989: The 10 m (33 ft) high "Goddess of Democracy" statue is unveiled in Tiananmen Square by student demonstrators.
NATO agrees to talks with the Soviet Union on reducing the number of short-range nuclear weapons in Europe.
Amid food riots and looting set off by inflation, Argentina declares a nationwide state of siege.
June 1–10 ndash Pope John Paul II visits Norway, Iceland, Finland, Denmark, and Sweden.

Friday, May 22, 1981

Peter Sutcliffe is found guilty of being the Yorkshire Ripper. He is sentenced to life imprisonment on 13 counts of murder and 7 of attempted murder.

Thursday, May 22, 1980

The New York Islanders win their first Stanley Cup, from a goal by Bobby Nystrom in overtime of game six of the Stanley Cup playoffs's final round.
The International Court of Justice calls for the release of U.S. Embassy hostages in Tehran.
Pac-Man (the best-selling arcade game of all time) is released.

Monday, May 22, 1978

Exiled leaders Ahmed Abdallah and Mohammed Ahmed return to the Comoros.

Tuesday, May 22, 1973

Lord Lambton resigns from the British government over a 'call girl' scandal.

Saturday, May 22, 1971

An earthquake lasting 20 seconds destroys most of Bingöl, Turkey ndash more than 1,000 are killed, 10,000 made homeless.

Thursday, May 22, 1969

Apollo program: "Apollo 10"'s lunar module flies to within 15,400 m of the Moon's surface.

Wednesday, May 22, 1968

The U.S. nuclear-powered submarine "Scorpion" sinks with 99 men aboard, 400 miles southwest of the Azores.
The U.S. nuclear-powered submarine''Scorpion'' sinks with 99 men aboard, 400 miles southwest of the Azores.

Monday, May 22, 1967

The "Innovation" department store in the centre of Brussels, Belgium burns down. It is the most devastating fire in Belgian history, resulting in 323 dead and missing and 150 injured.

Saturday, May 22, 1965

The first skateboard chionship is held. In addition, several hundred Vietnam War protesters in Berkeley, California, march to the Draft Board again to burn 19 more cards. Lyndon Johnson is hung in effigy.

Tuesday, May 22, 1962

Drilling for the new Montreal subway commences.
Raoul Salan, founder of the French terrorist Organisation armée secrète, is sentenced to life imprisonment in France.
Continental Airlines Flight 11 crashes near Unionville, Missouri after the in-flight detonation of a bomb near the rear lavatory. All 45 passengers and crew aboard are killed.

Monday, May 22, 1961

An Earthquake rocks New South Wales.

Sunday, May 22, 1960

The Great Chilean Earthquake: Chile's subduction fault ruptures from Talcahuano to Taitao Peninsula, causing the most powerful earthquake on record (with a magnitude of 9.5) and a tsunami. Because of its power, the seismographs in the city of Valdivia are overloaded and malfunction through the entire earthquake.

Saturday, May 22, 1954

The common Nordic Labour Market act is signed.

Sunday, May 22, 1949

After two months in Bethesda Naval Hospital, James Forrestal commits suicide, under circumstances that seem suspicious to many.

Saturday, May 22, 1948

Wednesday, May 22, 1946

The Kingdom of Transjordan is founded.

Wednesday, May 22, 1940

WWII: The British Parliament passes a further Emergency Powers (Defence) Act, giving the government full control over all persons and property.

Monday, May 22, 1939

Germany and Italy sign the Pact of Steel.

Sunday, May 22, 1927

An 8.6 magnitude earthquake in Xining, China kills 200,000.

Tuesday, May 22, 1917

Commissioned Officer Corps of the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey.

Monday, May 22, 1916

Saturday, May 22, 1915

The Quintinshill railway disaster in Scotland leaves more than 200 dead.

Friday, May 22, 1903

The White Star Liner, "SS Ionic", is launched.

Sunday, May 22, 1892

The British conquest of Ijebu-Ode marks a major extension of colonial power into the Nigerian interior.

Saturday, May 22, 1869

Sainsbury\'s first store, in Drury Lane, London, is opened.
Sainsbury's first store, in Drury Lane, London, is opened.

Sunday, May 22, 1859

Thursday, May 22, 1856

CongressmanPreston Brooks of South Carolina beats SenatorCharles Sumner with a cane in the hall of the United States Senate, for a speech Sumner had made attacking Southerners who sympathized with the pro-slavery violence in Kansas (Bleeding Kansas). Sumner is unable to return to duty for 3 years while he recovers Brooks becomes a hero across the South.

Tuesday, May 22, 1855

The Province of Victoria separated from New South Wales

Monday, May 22, 1843

The first major wagon train headed for the American Northwest sets out with one thousand pioneers from Elm Grove, Missouri on the Oregon Trail.

Saturday, May 22, 1819

The "SS Savannah" leaves port at Savannah, Georgia on a voyage to become the first steamship to cross the Atlantic Ocean, although only a fraction of the trip will be made under steam. The ship arrives at Liverpool, England on June 20.

Friday, May 22, 1807

A grand jury indicts former Vice President of the United States Aaron Burr for treason.
June ndash Chesapeake-Leopard Affair: The British warship "HMS Leopard" captures and boards the "USS Chesapeake".

Saturday, May 22, 1762

The Treaty of Hamburg takes Sweden out of the war against Prussia.

Sunday, May 22, 1735

George Hadley publishes the first explanation of the trade winds."Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society" (London) "'39"': 58–62.{{cite web|first=Anita|last=McConnell|title=Hadley, George (1685–1768)|work=Oxford Dictionary of National Biography|publisher=Oxford University Press|year=2004|url=//www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/11858|accessdate=2011-09-27|doi=10.1093/ref:odnb/11858

Sunday, May 22, 1712

Charles VI, Holy Roman Emperor crowned king of Hungary.

Friday, May 22, 1693

Heidelberg is taken by invading French forces, and the castle is surrendered on May 23, after which the French blow up the towers of Heidelberg Castle using mines.

Thursday, May 22, 1659

France, England, and Netherlands sign the "Hedges Concerto" treaty.

Saturday, May 22, 1649

October ndash Robert Blake blockades Prince Rupert's fleet in Kinsale, Ireland.
August ndash The Diggers abandon their last major colony at St. George's Hill, Weybridge, England.

Tuesday, May 22, 1640

The Guerra dels Segadors breaks out in Catalonia.

Tuesday, May 22, 1629

Saturday, May 12, 1526 (Julianian calendar)

Francis repudiates the Treaty of Madrid and forms the League of Cognac against Charles, including the Pope, Milan, Venice, and Florence.

Tuesday, May 13, 1455 (Julianian calendar)

July ndash Siege of Berat.

Sunday, May 13, 1453 (Julianian calendar)

MayndashJune ndash Epibatos and Selymbria also fall to the Turks after the final fall of Constantinople.
July ndash Revolt of Ghent: Philip the Good, Duke of Burgundy, crushes the Ghent rebellion.
Partial lunar eclipse takes place.

Thursday, May 14, 1377 (Julianian calendar)

Pope Gregory XI issues five Bulls condemning the opinion of John Wycliffe that Catholic priests should live in poverty like the twelve disciples of Jesus.

Saturday, May 15, 1176 (Julianian calendar)

Raynald of Chatillon is released from prison in Aleppo.
The Hashshashin attempt to murder Saladin near Aleppo.

Tuesday, May 17, 964 (Julianian calendar)

Pope Benedict V begins his pontificate as the 132nd pope, chosen by the people of Rome over Pope Leo VIII.

Thursday, May 18, 853 (Julianian calendar)

Tuan Ch'eng-Shih publishes "Miscellaneous Offerings from Yu-yang" in China.

Saturday, May 21, 337 (Julianian calendar)

Constantine the Great, first ChristianRoman Emperor of the Western empire (312–324), and of the Roman Empire (324–337), dies in Achyron, near Nicomedia, at age 65 after he is baptized by Eusebius of Nicomedia.
Source: Wikipedia