Did you know?
May 28 -- A date with historyThe first all-colour-talking picture debuted in New York City in 1929. The film, 'On With The Show', was produced by Warner Brothers. In 1953, Walt Disney premiered the first 3-D cartoon film, 'Melody.'
585 BC - Thales Miletus predicted a solar eclipse.
585 BC - The Persian-Lydian battle ended.
1533 - England's Archbishop declared the marriage of King Henry VIII to Anne Boleyn valid.
1774 - The First Continental Congress convened in Virginia.
1805 - Napoleon was crowned in Milan, Italy.
1863 - The first black regiment left Boston to fight in the US Civil War.
1892 - The Sierra club was organised in San Francisco, California.
1900 - Britain annexed the Orange Free State.
1918 - Azerbaijan declared independence.
1928 - Chrysler Corporation merged with Dodge Brothers.
1929 - Warner Brothers debuted 'On With The Show' in New York City. It was the first all-colour-talking picture.1934 - The Dionne quintuplets were born near Callander, Ontario, to Olivia and Elzire Dionne. The babies were the first quintuplets to survive infancy.
1937 - US President Franklin Roosevelt pushed a button in Washington, DC, signalling that vehicular traffic could cross the newly opened Golden Gate Bridge in California.
1940 - During World War II, Belgium surrendered to Germany.
1953 - The Walt Disney film 'Melody' premiered in the Paramount Theatre in Hollywood. The picture was the first 3-D cartoon.
1961 - Amnesty International, a human rights organisation, was founded.
1976 - The Peaceful Nuclear Explosion Treaty was signed, limiting any nuclear explosion -- regardless of its purpose -- to a yield of 150 kiloton.
1977 - Fire raced through the Beverly Hills Supper Club in Southgate, Kentucky, killing 165 people.
1985 - The first issue of 'Vanity Fair' magazine went on sale. The issue had a picture of US President Ronald Reagan and First Lady Nancy smooching on the cover.
1985 - David Jacobsen, director of the American University Hospital in Beirut, Lebanon, was abducted by pro-Iranian kidnappers. He was freed 17 months later.
1987 - Mathias Rust, a 19-year-old West German pilot, landed a private plane in Moscow's Red Square after evading Soviet air defences. He was released August 3, 1988.
1995 - An earthquake with magnitude 7.5 hit the Russian town Neftegorsk killing at least 2,000 people.
1996 - US President Bill Clinton's former business partners in the Whitewater land deal were convicted of fraud.
1998 - Pakistan matched India with five nuclear test blasts. The US, Japan and other nations imposed economic sanctions. Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said, "Today, we have settled the score with India."
1998 - Dr Susan Terebey discovered a planet outside our solar system with the use of photos taken by the Hubble Space Telescope.
1999 - In Milan, Italy, Leonardo de Vinci's 'The Last Supper' was put back on display after more than 20 years of restoration work.
2002 - Russia became a limited partner in NATO with the creation of the NATO-Russia Council.
Did you know?
May 25 - A date with historyThe Return of the Jedi opened nationwide on
this day in 1983. It set a new record in opening day box office sales. The gross
collection was $6,219,629.
585 BC - The first known prediction of a solar eclipse was
made in Greece.
1085 - Alfonso VI took Toledo, Spain from the Moslems.
1787 - The Constitutional convention opened in Philadelphia
with George Washington presiding.
1810 - Argentina declared independence from Napoleonic
1844 - The gasoline engine was patented by Stuart Perry.
1844 - The first telegraphed news dispatch, sent from
Washington, DC, to Baltimore, MD, appeared in the Baltimore 'Patriot.'
1895 - Oscar Wilde, a playwright, poet and novelist, was
convicted of a morals charge and sentenced to prison in London.
1895 - James P Lee first published 'Gold in America -- A
1911 - President of Mexico, Porfolio Diaz, resigned his
1925 - John Scopes was indicted for teaching the Darwinian
theory in school.
1927 - Ford Motor Company announced that the Model A would
replace the Model T.
1935 - Babe Ruth hit his final homerun, his 714th, and set
a record that would stand for 39 years.
1935 - Jesse Owens tied the world record for the 100-yard
dash. He ran it in 9.4 seconds. He also broke three other world track records.
1946 - Jordan gained independence from Britain.
1953 - In Nevada, the first atomic cannon was fired.
1961 - US President John F Kennedy asked Americans to work
toward putting a man on the moon before the end of the decade.
1963 - The Organisation of African Unity was founded, in
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
1968 - The Gateway Arch, part of the Jefferson National
Expansion Memorial in St. Louis, MO, was dedicated.
1970 - Boeing Computer Services was founded.
1977 - 'Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope' opened and became
the largest grossing film to date.
1977 - An opinion piece by Vietnam veteran Jan Scruggs
appeared in 'The Washington Post.' The article called for a national memorial to 'remind
an ungrateful nation of what it has done to its sons' that had served in the Vietnam War.
1979 - An American Airlines DC-10 crashed during takeoff at
Chicago's O'Hare International Airport killing 275 people.
1981 - Daredevil Daniel Goodwin scaled Chicago's Sears
Tower, while wearing a 'Spiderman' costume, in seven-and-a-half hours.
1983 - 'The Return of the Jedi' opened nationwide. It set a
new record in opening day box office sales. The gross collection was $6,219,629.
1985 - Bangladesh was hit by a hurricane and tidal wave
that killed more than 11,000 people.
1986 - Approximately seven million Americans participated
in 'Hands Across America.'
1996 - In Nimes, France, Christina Sanchez became the first
woman to achieve the rank of matadore in Europe.
1997 - In Sierra Leone, a military coup overthrew the
popularly elected President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah. He was replaced with Major Johnny Paul
1997 - US Senator Strom Thurmond became the longest-serving
senator at 41 years and 10 months in US history.
1997 - Poland adopted a constitution that removed all
traces of communism.
1999 - A report by the US House of Representatives Select
Committee on US National Security and Military/ Commercial Concerns with the People's
Republic of China concluded that China had 'stolen design information on the US
most-advanced thermonuclear weapons' and that China's penetration of US weapons
laboratories 'spans at least the past several decades and almost certainly continues
2000 - The Walt Disney Co and Time Warner signed a
long-term deal that ended a dispute over the airing policies of Time Warner. Time Warner
had blacked out Disney programs for a 39 hour period the previous month due to the lack of
2001 - Erik Weihenmeyer, 32, of Golder, Colorado, became
the first blind climber to reach the summit of Mount Everest.
2001 - Sherman Bull, 64, of New Canaan, Connecticut, became
the oldest climber to reach the summit of Mount Everest.
2006 - In Houston, former Enron chiefs Kenneth Lay and
Jeffrey Skillinng were convicted of conspiracy and fraud for the downfall of Enron.
2008 - NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander landed in the arctic
plains of Mars.
2009 - North Korea announced that it had conducted a second
successful nuclear test in the province of North Hamgyong. The United Nations Security
Council condemned the reported test.
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May 22- A date with history
The first modern atlas was published in Belgium on this day in 1570 by Abraham Ortelius. In 1892, Dr Washington Sheffield invented the now ubiquitous toothpaste tube.
1246 - Henry Raspe was elected anti-king by the Rhenish prelates in France.
1455 - King Henry VI was taken prisoner by the Yorkists at the Battle of St Albans, during the War of the Roses.
1570 - Abraham Ortelius published the first modern atlas in Belgium.
1761 - In Philadelphia, the first life insurance policy was issued in the US.
1819 - The steamship Savannah became the first to cross the Atlantic Ocean.
1841 - Henry Kennedy received a patent for the first reclining chair.
1849 - Abraham Lincoln received a patent for the floating dry dock.
1859 - The creator of 'Sherlock Holmes,' Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was born.
1868 - Near Marshfield, Indiana, the 'Great Train Robbery' took place. The robbery, led by seven members of the Reno gang, was valued at $96,000 in cash, gold and bonds.
1872 - The Amnesty Act restored civil rights to Southerners.
1882 - The US formally recognised Korea.
1892 - Dr Washington Sheffield invented the toothpaste tube.
1900 - The Associated Press was incorporated as a non-profit news cooperative in New York.
1900 - A DeVilbiss, Jr patented his pendulum-type computing scale.
1900 - Edwin S Votey received a patent for the pianola (a pneumatic piano player). It could be attached to any piano.
1906 - The Wright brothers received a patent their flying machine.
1939 - Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini signed a military alliance between Germany and Italy known as the 'Pact of Steel.'1947 - The Truman Doctrine was enacted by the US Congress to appropriate military and economic aid Turkey and Greece.
1955 - A scheduled dance to be headlined by Fats Domino was cancelled by police in Bridgeport, Connecticut because 'rock and roll dances might be featured.
1969 - A lunar module of Apollo 10 flew within nine miles of the moon's surface. The event was a rehearsal for the first lunar landing.
1972 - President Richard Nixon became the first US President to visit Russia. He met with Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev.
1972 - The island Ceylon adopted a new constitution and became the republic of Sri Lanka.
1986 - Sylvester Stallone agreed to a 10-picture, six-year deal with United Artists. He was reportedly signed on for $15 million per film.
1990 - In West Asia, North and South Yemen merged to become a single state known as the Republic of Yemen.
1990 - Microsoft released Windows 3.0.
1997 - Kelly Flinn, the US Air Force's first female bomber pilot certified for combat, accepted a general discharge. She thereby avoided court-martial on charges of adultery, lying and disobeying an order. 1998 - Bolivia was hit by a series of powerful earthquakes. At least 18 were killed. The quakes ranged in magnitude from 5.9 to 6.8.
1998 - New information came to light about the June 1996 bombing that killed 19 American airmen. The information indicated that Saudi citizens had been responsible and not Iranians as once believed.
1998 - A Federal judge said that Secret Service agents could be compelled to testify before a grand jury in Monica Lewinsky investigation concerning US President Bill Clinton.
1998 - Voters in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland turned out to cast ballots to approve a Northern Ireland peace accord.
2002 - Chandra Levy's remains were found in Washington, DC's Rock Creek Park. She was last seen on April 30, 2001. California Congressman Gary Condit was questioned in the case due to his relationship with Levy.
2002 - In Birmingham, Alabama, a jury convicted former Ku Klux Klansman Bobby Frank Cherry of murder in the 1963 church bombing that killed four girls.
2003 - At the Colonial in Fort Worth, Texas, Annika Sorenstam became the first woman to play on the PGA tour in 58 years. She ended the day at one-over par.