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This Day In History: May 22

This Day in History

1807: Former vice president Aaron Burr is indicted for treason.
1856: Anti-slavery senator Charles Sumner is caned and severely injured by a member of the House of Representatives whose uncle Sumner had criticized.
1947: The Truman Doctrine, meant to contain Communism, is signed into law.
1967: The Mister Rogers Neighborhood children's TV show premieres on PBS.
1972: Pres. Richard Nixon arrives in Moscow for a week of summit talks, beginning the first visit by a U.S. president to the city.
1992: Johnny Carson hosts his last appearance on The Tonight Show on TV, after almost 30 years.
2002: 71 year-old former Ku Klux Klansman Bobby Frank Cherry is sentenced to life in prison for his role in the 1963 Birmingham, AL, church bombing that killed four young black girls.
2003: Following the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq that overthrew Saddam Hussein's regime, the UN Security Council votes 14-0 to lift the sanctions which had been imposed on Iraq following the 1991 Gulf War .

Today's Birthdays

1813: Richard Wagner, composer (Leipzig, Germany; died 1883)
1844: Mary Cassatt, artist (Allegheny City, PA; died 1926)
1859: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, detective story writer (Edinburgh, Scotland; died 1930)
1907: Lord Laurence Olivier, actor/director (Dorking, England; died 1989)
1922: Judith Crist, film critic (New York, NY)
1924: Charles Azvanour, singer/songwriter/actor (Paris, France)
1934: Gary Wills, author (Atlanta, GA)
1936: M. Scott Peck, psychiatrist who wrote the landmark best-selling self-help book and spiritual guide The Road Less Traveled (1978) (New York, NY; died 2005)
1938: Richard Benjamin, actor (New York, NY). Frank Converse, actor (St. Louis, MO). Susan Strasberg, actress (New York, NY; died 1999)
1941: Paul Winfield, actor (Los Angeles, CA; died 2004)
1943: Tommy John, baseball pitcher (Terre Haute, IN). Betty Williams, peace activist, 1976 Nobel laureate (Belfast, N. Ireland)
1959: Morrissey, singer (Manchester, England)
1970: Naomi Campbell, model (London, England)

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