May 22 Today in History and a Pagan Word for Today

Today’s Important Historical Events

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

1570 1st atlas ‘Theatrum Orbis Terrarum’ (Theatre of the World), published by Abraham Ortelius in Antwerp with 70 maps

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

1939 Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini sign “Pact of Steel” in Berlin, Germany

1946 First US rocket (WAC Corporal) to reach edge of space fired from White Sands Missile Range New Mexico

2014 Royal Thai Armed Forces, led by General Prayut Chan-o-cha stage a coup in Thailand, suspending the kingdom’s constitution and taking control of the government, the 12th since the country’s first coup in 1932

Today’s Historical Events

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

760 14th recorded perihelion passage of Halley’s Comet

1176 Murder attempt by “Assassins” on Saladin near Aleppo

1200 Treaty of Le Goulet signed between France and England

1370 Jews are expelled and massacred in Brussels, Belgium

1377 Pope Gregory XI issues five papal bulls to denounce the doctrines of English theologian John Wycliffe

1455 Opening battle in England’s 30-year Wars of the Roses. Richard of York takes St Albans, capturing King Henry VI

1526 Pope Clemens VII, France, Genoa, Venice, Florence & Milan form Anti-French League of Cognac

Today’s Historical Events in Film and TV

1907 Plaza Cinema opens in Ottawa, Kansas, the world’s oldest purpose-built movie theatre [1]

1954 KREX TV channel 5 in Grand Junction, CO (CBS) begins broadcasting

1956 “Bob Hope Show” last airs on NBC-TV

1956 KRIS TV channel 6 in Corpus Christi, TX (NBC) begins broadcasting

1957 KBTX TV channel 3 in Bryan, TX (CBS) begins broadcasting

1962 14th Emmy Awards: Bob Newhart Show, E G Marshall & Shirley Booth win

1965 “Super-cali-fragil-istic-expi-ali-docious”, from the film “Mary Poppin” hits #66

1966 18th Emmy Awards: “The Fugitive”, Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore win

Today’s Historical Events in Music

1836 Felix Mendelssohn‘s oratorio “St Paul” premieres in Düsseldorf, Germany

1900 American inventor Edwin S Votey receives patent for pneumatic piano player

1926 “Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue” by Gene Austin hits #1

1950 Richard Strauss‘ “4 Last Songs” (4 letzte Lieder) premieres in London

1961 “Mother-In-Law” by Ernie K-Doe hits #1

1961 “Touchables In Brooklyn” by Dickie Goodman hits #42

1965 Beatles’ “Ticket to Ride” single goes #1

1994 Musical sequel “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas Goes Public” closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, NYC, after 16 performances

Today’s Historical Events in Sports

1883 Cubs’ Billy Sunday’s 1st at bat, begins 14 consecutive strikes out

1884 1-armed pitcher Hugh Daily fanned 13 hitters

1885 13th Preakness: Jim McLaughlin aboard Tecumseh wins in 2:49

1902 36th Belmont: John Bullman aboard Mastermam wins in 2:22.6

1906 31st Preakness: Walter Miller aboard Whimsical wins in 1:45

1911 Braves pitcher, Cliff Curtis, loses his 23rd game in a row

1927 Dodgers beat Phillies, 20-4

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