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1981 - England The Yorkshire Ripper
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
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
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 Pocahontas Mine Disaster
1928 : An explosion in No 1 Mine at Yukon Pocahontas 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
1933 : The Federal Emergency Relief fund has given 8 states a total of $5,336,317 in relief funding today to pay for welfare programs including Texas and Washington State.
1939 - Germany "Pact Of Steel" Signed By Germany and Italy
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
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
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
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 - Berkeley University Anti Vietnam Protests
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
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
1972 : Ceylon changes it's name from Ceylon to Sri Lanka.
1972 - President Richard Nixon Visits Soviet Union
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
1990 - Yemen
1990 : After 150 years separation, Marxist South Yemen and conservative North Yemen are unified as the Republic of Yemen.
1998 - Indonesia Protesters
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
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 - US and UK take control of Iraq
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
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.
2008 - Italy to Restart Nuclear Program
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.
2009 - Washington State Starts Assisted Suicide
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.
2010 - Boy Becomes Youngest to Climb Everest
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.
2011 - Devastating Tornado Hits Missouri
2011 : A devastating tornado cutting a six mile path through the city of Joplin in Missouri. The tornado left much of the city with out power and damaged nearly two-thousand buildings. There were reports of over one-thousand injuries and at least one-hundred and fifteen people were found dead with many more unaccounted for. The city with a population of 50,000 people was expected to receive disaster relief, as the Missouri Governor, Jay Nixon, declared a state of emergency in the state.
2011 - Mexico Army General Shot Dead
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.
2013 - Venezuela Tries to End Toilet Paper Shortage
2013 : The Venezuelan government has approved creating a seventy-nine million dollar credit for the importation of toilet paper, toothpaste and soap. The socialist country had been facing chronic shortages of toilet paper. Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro says that the country's economic problems are a conspiracy against the country by wealthier nations, while economic analysts believe that the government's price controls and state-controlled industries have made the economy imbalanced.
Born This Day In History 22nd May
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May 22nd, 1907, Dorking, Surrey, England
Died: July 11th
, 1989, nr. London
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 1930s
. 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 Brideshead Revisted.