Today in History - May 22

334 BC - Battle of the Granicus - The Macedonian army defeats Darius III of Persia

1370 - Jews are expelled from Brussels, Belgium

1455 - 30-year Wars of the Roses - Richard of York takes St Albans, capturing King Henry VI

1570 - 1st atlas 'Theatrum Orbis Terrarum' (Theatre of the World), published with 70 maps

1712 - Emperor Karel VI crowned king of Hungary

1761 - 1st life insurance policy in North America issued in Philadelphia

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

1803 - 1st Public library opens (in Connecticut)

1807 - Townsend Speakman 1st sells fruit-flavored carbonated drinks

1819 - 1st steam propelled vessel 'Savannah leaves Ga' to cross Atlantic

1842 - Farmers discover Howe Caverns in New York state when they stumble upon a large gaping hole in the ground

1843 - 1st wagon train with 700 - 1000 migrants, departs Missouri for Oregon

1849 - Abraham Lincoln receives a patent (only US president to do so) for a device to lift a boat over shoals and obstructions

1858 - Confederacion Granadina (now Colombia) forms

1863 - War Dept establishes Bureau of Colored Troops

1888 - Leroy Buffington patents a system to build skyscrapers

1892 - Dr Washington Sheffield invents toothpaste tube

1897 - The Blackwall Tunnel, London, under the River Thames was officially opened

1900 - Associated Press (AP) organizes in NYC as non-profit news cooperative

1900 - Edwin S Votey patents pneumatic piano player

1906 - Wright Brothers patent an aeroplane

1919 - A. 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

1931 - Canned rattlesnake meat 1st goes on sale in Florida

1933 - World Trade Day 1st celebrated

1939 - Adolf Hitler & Benito Mussolini sign 'Pact of Steel'

1943 - 1st jet fighters is tested

1947 - 1st US ballistic missile fired

1972 - Ceylon becomes Republic of Sri Lanka as its constitution is ratified

1990 - Microsoft releases Windows 3.0

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