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What Happened On This Day In History?


Monday, May 22th 2017

Today is the 142nd day of 2017.  There are 223 days left in this year.

Notable Events

1761
The first life insurance policy in the United States was issued, in Philadelphia.
1868
The Great Train Robbery took place near Marshfield, Ind., as seven members of the Reno gang made off with $96,000 in cash, gold and bonds.
1939
Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini signed a ''Pact of Steel'' committing Germany and Italy to a military alliance.
1947
The Truman Doctrine was enacted as Congress appropriated military and economic aid for Greece and Turkey.
1969
The lunar module of Apollo 10 separated from the command module and flew to within nine miles of the moon's surface in a dress rehearsal for the first lunar landing.
1972
The island nation of Ceylon became the republic of Sri Lanka with the adopting of a new constitution.
1990
After years of conflict, pro-Western North Yemen and pro-Soviet South Yemen merged to form the Republic of Yemen.
1992
Johnny Carson hosted NBC's ''Tonight Show'' for the last time after a reign lasting nearly 30 years.
1997
Kelly Flinn, the Air Force's first female bomber pilot certified for combat, accepted a general discharge, thereby avoiding court-martial on charges of adultery, lying and disobeying an order.
1998
Federal Judge Norma Holloway Johnson ruled that Secret Service agents could be compelled to testify before the grand jury in the Monica Lewinsky investigation.
1998
Voters in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland turned out in force to cast ballots giving resounding approval to a Northern Ireland peace accord.
2000
A committee of the Arkansas Supreme Court recommended that PresidentClinton be disbarred for giving false testimony about his relationship withMonica Lewinsky in the Paula Jones sexual harassment case. (Clinton lateragreed to give up his Arkansas law lice

Notable Births

1813
Composer Richard Wagner was born in Leipzig, Germany.
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