Find Out What happened 22nd May Major News Stories include Tiananmen Square in Beijing Protesters, Berkeley University Anti Vietnam Protests, The Yorkshire Ripper Found Gulty, Ceylon changes it's name from Ceylon to Sri Lanka,
1981 England The Yorkshire Ripper
22nd May 1981 : The Yorkshire ripper Peter Sutcliffe has been found guilty of killing 13 women and the attempted murder of 7 others. and is sentenced to a minimum of 30 years in jail.
1989 China Tiananmen Square in Beijing
22nd May 1989 : Students have now occupied Tiananmen Square in Beijing for the 10th day protesting for the pro-democracy movement in China , the total number now exceeds 45,000 and conditions are worsening and the Government in China is considering ways to quell the protesters after the military has stated they will not attack the protesters.
1927 China Earthquake
22nd May 1927 : An earthquake measuring 8.6 on Richter scale strikes Xining in the eastern part of Qinghai province It was one of the deadliest earthquakes on record with a total count of 200,000 deaths.
1928 U.S.A. Yukon Pochontas Mine Disaster
22nd May 1928 : An explosion in No 1 Mine at Yukon Pochontas in West Virginia left 17 dead , this follows a series of Mine disasters in the last few days including 15 at a mine in Kentucky and the large loss of life of over 150 dead at Mather in Pennsylvania and the operation to recover dead bodies is still continuing
1933 U.S.A. Federal Emergency Relief Fund
22nd May 1933 : The Federal Emergency Relief fund has given 8 states a total of $5,336,317 in relief funding today to pay for welfare programmes including Texas and Washington State
1939 Germany "Pact Of Steel" Signed By Germany and Italy
22nd May 1939 : Pact of Steel, known formally as the Pact of Friendship and Alliance between Germany and Italy signed. The Pact was a declaration of continuing trust and cooperation between Germany and Italy and a joint military and economic policy.
1945 England Winston Churchill Resigns
22nd May 1945 : Winston Churchill resigned as prime minister of England which brings an end to the coalition cabinet formed during the war , There is an election called on July 5th .
1958 U.S.A. Missile Explosions
22nd May 1958 : A powerful Nike Missile blew up underground in Middleton NJ which set up a further 8 which exploded causing between 7 and 10 deaths all missiles were fully armed with explosives , no reason has yet been found but further investigations are continuing .
1960 Chile Tsunami
22nd May 1960 : Following on from the devastating Earthquake the day before a tsunami caused by the quake also caused a number of deaths in Hawaii and Japan .
1965 U.S.A. Berkeley University Anti Vietnam Protests
22nd May 1965 : The marathon protest over United States Policy in Vietnam continued at Berkeley University in California with over 5,000 protesters involved in a teach in of the war in Vietnam.
1969 The Moon Apollo 10
22nd May 1969 : Apollo 10 astronauts Colonel Thomas Stafford and Commander Eugene Cernan carry out a rehearsal for a planned Moon landing when their lunar module came to within eight nautical miles of the Moon's surface.
1972 Ceylon Change Name To Sri Lanka
22nd May 1972 : Ceylon changes it's name from Ceylon to Sri Lanka
1972 Soviet Union President Richard Nixon Visits Soviet Union
22nd May 1972 : President Richard Nixon the first US president to visit Moscow arrives for talks with Soviet leaders over "international issues" including the war in Vietnam and the current Nuclear Arms Race. During his week long visit a treaty to halt the nuclear arms race Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (Salt) was agreed which limits the two superpowers to 200 defensive nuclear missiles each. The other important agreement was to work together more in space exploration which will the two countries first joint manned venture into space in June 1975.
22nd May 1990 : After 150 years separation, Marxist South Yemen and conservative North Yemen are unified as the Republic of Yemen
1998 Indonesia Protestors
22nd May 1998 : Heavily armed soldiers marched into Parliament in Jakarta to evict anti-government student protesters who were protesting about the amount of government corruption in Indonesia , this follows weeks of riots against the current administration over corruption and the economy.
2000 Lebanon Hezbollah
22nd May 2000 : Hezbollah, the Lebanese Shia Muslim militant group supported by Syria and Iran, take over several outposts abandoned by the Israeli-backed South Lebanon Army in Israel's southern occupation zone.
2003 Iraq US and UK take control of Iraq
22nd May 2003 : The U.N. Security Council gives the U.S. and Britain a mandate to rule Iraq, ending 13 years of economic sanctions.
2008 Kenya 19 Arrested Over Witch Burning
22nd May 2008 : Eight women and three men, aged between 80 and 96, were burned to death when they were accused of being witches in the western Kisii district of Kenya 19 have now been arrested connection with the murders.
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Italy 2008 Italy Italy to Restart Nuclear Program
22nd May, 2008 : The Italian government announced it would restart its nuclear program more than twenty years after it was ended. The previous program was ended after the Chernobyl nuclear accident in Ukraine. Officials in Italy stated that a new nuclear program could reduce the country's reliance on other energy sources such as oil and natural gas.
United States 2009 United States Washington State Starts Assisted Suicide
22nd May, 2009 : A woman in the US state of Washington became the first person to die under an assisted suicide law in that state. The sixty-six year old woman, named Linda Flemming, was terminally ill with pancreatic cancer and died under the supervision of her doctor with her family by her side.
China 2010 China Boy Becomes Youngest to Climb Everest
22nd May, 2010 : Jordan Romero, a thirteen year old boy from the United States, became the youngest person to climb Mount Everest. The boy set out with his father and three Sherpas from Kathmandu and traveled to the Chinese side of the mountain where there are no age restrictions for climbers. Romero had already scaled five of the highest peaks on the seven continents, adding Everest as his sixth.
Mexico 2011 Mexico Army General Shot Dead
22nd May, 2011 : A recently retired Mexican army general was shot dead near Mexico City, Mexico. General Jorge Juarez Loera, who had retired earlier in May, was the third highest ranking general in the Mexican army and a key figure in its war with drug trade. General Juarez Loera was travelling in a private car and got out to investigate an accident when he was shot, officials were unsure if he was being directly targeted.
Known For :
The first actor to receive a peerage. He played Brutus at Saints
Choir School at the age of nine and went on to the Central School of Dramatic
Art in 1924. His initial work was with the Birmingham Repertory Theatre
Company, and he was in Noël Coward's Private Lives and played Romeo
and Mercutio alongside John Gielgud in the 1930's. He joined the Old Vic
in 1937 and enjoyed a number of Shakespearean roles with them. In films,
he was in Wuthering Heights, Rebecca and Pride and Prejudice before joining
the Fleet Air Arm. In 1944 he returned to the Old Vic as a director. In
later years he was in the Boys from Brazil, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and