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May 22 – Today In History

We take a look at some of the events that occurred on May 22nd.

Today In …

1761 - America’s first life insurance policy was issued today by The Corporation for the Relief of Poor and Distressed Presbyterian Ministers and of the Poor and Distressed Widows and Children of Presbyterian Ministers.

1843 - Thousands of settlers began their trek on what would become known as the Oregon Trail.

1906 - The Wright Brothers received a patent for what was to become known as the airplane!

1955 - After over 20 years on the air, Jack Benny signed off for the final time from his radio show.

1961 - The first revolving restaurant atop the Space Needle in Seattle, Washington was dedicated today!

1972 - President Richard M. Nixon became the first U.S. leader to visit Moscow.

2002 - The remains of missing intern Chandra Levy were discovered in Washington D.C. over a year after her disappearance.

Sharing A Birthday Today…

Mark Bingham one of the heroes aboard United Airlines Flight 93 was born in 1970. Passengers and crew fought against the hijackers on the flight which eventually crashed in Pennsylvania.

David Bloom the NBC journalist/reporter was born in 1963.

Naomi Campbell the English model was born in 1970.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle the author of “Sherlock Holmes” was born in 1859.

Ginnifer Goodwin who starred in “Walk the Line” and in the TV show “Big Love” was born in 1978.

Morrissey the singer/songwriter of “This Charming Man” and “How Soon Is Now” was born in 1959.

Apolo Ohno the Olympic gold medalist for speed skating and “Dancing with the Stars” champion was born in 1982.

Sir Laurence Olivier the legendary actor who starred in “Rebecca”, “Hamlet”, “Richard III” and “Clash of the Titans” was born in 1907.

Johnny Olson the voice of such game shows as “The Price is Right” was born in 1910.

Brian Pillman the professional wrestler was born in 1962.

Bernard Shaw the journalist/news anchor was born in 1940.

Bernie Taupin the long time songwriting partner of Elton John was born in 1950. He helped to pen such notable tunes as “Bennie & the Jets” and “Crocodile Rock”.

Richard Wagner the German composer was born in 1813.

Paul Winfield who starred in the movie “Sounder” was born in 1939.

We Said Goodbye To…

Langston Hughes the renowned poet passed away in 1967 at the age of 65.

Victor Hugo the author of “Les Miserables” and “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” passed away in 1885 at the age of 83.

Royce Kendall one half of the father-daughter country music duo The Kendalls passed away in 1998 at the age of 63.

Thurl Ravenscroft the voice of Tony The Tiger and the singer of “You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch” in the animated holiday classic “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” passed away in 2005 at the age of 91.

Margaret Rutherford the actress best remembered as “Miss Marple” passed away in 1972 at the age of 80.

Martha Washington the former First Lady and wife of the 1st U.S. President George Washington passed way in 1802 at the age of 70.

Top Of The Charts On This Day In…

1961 - “Mother-In-Law” by Ernie K. Doe
1965 - “Ticket To Ride” by the Beatles
1976 - “Silly Love Songs” by Wings
1982 - On The Country Charts – “Just To Satisfy You” by Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson
2004 - “Burn” by Usher
2004 - On The Country Charts – “Mayberry” by Rascal Flatts

TV Moments In…

1967 - “Mr. Rogers” debuted on the PBS network!

1992 - Johnny Carson’s final appearance as host of the “Tonight Show” happened today!

Famous Marriages

1980 - Phil Donahue and Marlo Thomas were married today!

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