What Happened on May 22


Historical Events

1690 – San Francisco De Los Tejas Mission founded by the Spanish on San Pedro Creek – first Spanish mission in East Texas (later relocated)
1930 – Yankees’ future Baseball Hall of Fame 1st baseman Lou Gehrig becomes first to hit 3 HRs three times as NY outscores Philadelphia A’s, 20-13; teams combine for then-record 10 homers
1939 – Germany’s Adolf Hitler and Italy’s Benito Mussolini sign the “Pact of Steel” formalizing the 1936 alliance known as the Rome-Berlin Axis
1957 – South Africa’s government approves race separation in universities
1965 – Mad Dog Vachon beats Igor Vodic in Omaha, to become NWA champ
1974 – US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

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Famous Birthdays

1821 – Alfred Sully, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1879)
1924 – Charles Aznavour [Shahnour Vaghinag Aznavourian], French-Armenian singer (Monsieur Carnavel; She; Tin Drum), born in Paris, France (d. 2018)
1940 – E. A. S. Prasanna, Indian cricketer (one of India’s big four spinners), born in Bangalore, Kingdom of Mysore, British India
1973 – Julian Tavarez, Santiago Dom Rep, pitcher (Cleveland Indians)
1977 – Dre Bly, American Football Player
1989 – Christian Sands, American jazz pianist and composer, born in New Haven, Connecticut

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Famous Deaths

748 – Empress Genshō of Japan (b. 680)
1455 – Edmund Beaufort, 2nd Duke of Somerset, English commander (killed in battle) (b. 1406)
1856 – Jacques-Nicolas-Augustin Thierry, French historian, dies at 61
1880 – Heinrich von Gagern, German liberal politician, dies at 80
1885 – Victor Hugo, French author (Hunchback of Notre Dame, Les Miserables), dies at 83
1910 – Jules Renard, French writer (Le plaisir the rompre), dies at 46

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