What happened on this day in history?
On this day in 1959  |  Benjamin O Davis Jr becomes 1st black major general in US Air Force

All Categories | Historical Events | Famous Birthdays | Deaths | Weddings | Divorces

Hop to:
Today in History

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

1176Murder attempt by "Assassins" on Saladin near Aleppo

1799Napoleon makes statement in support of re-establishing Jerusalem for Jews

1849Abraham Lincoln patents a buoying device

1863General Ulysses S. Grant begins siege on Vicksburg

1919Andrew E. Douglass establishes the relative dates of two archaeological sites using ancient wood samples, marking a major step forward in the dating of archaeological sites

1939Hitler & Benito Mussolini sign "Pact of Steel"

1940UK Premier Winston Churchill flies to Paris to decide with General Maxime Weygand a strategy to save the city

1943Stalin disbands Komintern

1956"Bob Hope Show" last airs on NBC-TV

1962Roger Maris walks 5 times (record 4 intentionally) in a 9 inn game

1963Mickey Mantle hits a ball off Yankee Stadium's facade

1964LBJ presents "Great Society"

196618th Emmy Awards: Fugitive, Dick Van Dyke & Mary Tyler Moore win

1977Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Coca-Cola Golf Classic

1979Canadians elect conservatives, Joseph Clark replaces Pierre Trudeau as the 16th Prime Minister of Canada

19791st ACE Cable Awards: "Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas" by Jim Henson and HBO

1983Pat Bradley wins LPGA Chrysler-Plymouth Charity Golf Tournament

1985Pete Rose 2,108th run passes Hank Aaron as NL run scoring leader

1986Cher calls David Letterman an asshole on Late Night on NBC

198834th LPGA Championship won by Sherri Turner

1990Andre Dawson receives a record 5 intentional walks in a game

1990Deion Sanders becomes involved in a dispute with Chicago White Sox catcher Carlton Fisk, one of the most infamous incidents of Sanders' baseball career

1993Riddick Bowe TKOs Jesse Ferguson in 2 for heavyweight boxing title

1998Lewinsky scandal: a federal judge rules that United States Secret Service agents can be compelled to testify before a grand jury concerning the scandal, involving President Bill Clinton.

2002Mike Babcock is named head coach of the Anaheim Mighty Ducks

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

201119th Billboard Music Awards: Eminem, Recovery win

On This Day In History
Date Event
May 22, 334 BC
The Macedonian army of Alexander the Great defeats Darius III of Persia in the Battle of the Granicus 
May 22, 760
14th recorded perihelion passage of Halley's Comet 
May 22, 1176
Murder attempt by "Assassins" on Saladin near Aleppo 
May 22, 1200
Peace of Goulet 
May 22, 1370
Jews are expelled/massacred from Brussels, Belgium 
May 22, 1377
Pope Gregory XI issues five papal bulls to denounce the doctrines of English theologian John Wycliffe. 
May 22, 1455
Opening battle in England's 30-year War of the Roses. Richard of York takes St Albans, capturing King Henry VI 
May 22, 1526
Pope Clemens VII, France, Genoa, Venice, Florence & Milan form Anti-French League of Cognac 
May 22, 1570
1st atlas 'Theatrum Orbis Terrarum' (Theatre of the World), published by Abraham Ortelius in Antwerp with 70 maps 
May 22, 1594
Earl Mauritius & Willem Louis begins siege of Groningen 
May 22, 1629
Emperor Ferdinand II & Danish King Christian IV sign Peace of Lubeck 
May 22, 1659
France, England & Netherlands sign "Hedges Concerto" treaty 
May 22, 1712
Emperor Karel VI crowned king of Hungary 
May 22, 1746
Russia & Austria sign treaty of cooperation 
May 22, 1761
1st life insurance policy in North America issued in Philadelphia 
May 22, 1762
Sweden & Prussia sign peace treaty 
May 22, 1784
Ceylonese student leader Pieter Quint Ondaatje demands democracy 
May 22, 1799
Napoleon makes statement in support of re-establishing Jerusalem for Jews 
May 22, 1803
1st public library opens (Connecticut) 
May 22, 1807
Former VP Aaron Burr is tried for treason in Richmond, Va (acquitted) 
May 22, 1807
Townsend Speakman 1st sells fruit-flavored carbonated drinks (Phila) 
May 22, 1819
1st steam propelled vessel to cross Atlantic (Savannah leaves Ga) 
May 22, 1826
The HMS Beagle departs on its first voyage. 
May 22, 1836
Felix Mendelssohn's oratorium "St Paul" premieres in Dusseldorf 
May 22, 1840
The transporting of British convicts to the New South Wales colony is abolished. 
Person of the Week
Mary Shelley

Writer

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley was an English novelist, short story writer, dramatist, essayist, biographer, and travel writer, best known for her Gothic novel Frankenstein: or, The Modern Prometheus. She also edited and promoted the works of … more »

Person of the Day
Ferdinand von Zeppelin

Inventor

Ferdinand Adolf Heinrich August Graf von Zeppelin was a German general and later aircraft manufacturer. He founded the Zeppelin airship company. He was born in Konstanz, Grand Duchy of Baden.… more »

Person of the Moment
Matthew McConaughey

Actor

Matthew David McConaughey is an American actor. He first gained notice for his breakout role in the coming of age comedy Dazed and Confused, and went on to appear in films such as the slasher Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next… more »


Today in history calendar
January 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
February 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29
March 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
April 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30
May 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
June 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30
July 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
August 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
September 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30
October 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
November 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30
December 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31