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This Day in History for May 22

1803 – 1st US public library opens in Connecticut.

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

1892 – Dr. Washington Sheffield invents the toothpaste tube.

1906 – Wright Brothers are granted a patent for their “flying machine,” having applied for one 3 years earlier (patent no. 821,393)

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

1931 – Canned rattlesnake meat 1st goes on sale in Florida.

1942 – The Steel Workers Organizing Committee disbands, and a new trade union, the United Steelworkers, is formed.

1945 – 6th US Marine division reaches suburbs of Naha Okinawa.

1953 – US President Eisenhower signs Offshore Oil Bill.

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

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

1962 – Roger Maris walks 5 times (record 4 intentionally) in a 9 inning game.

1964 – LBJ presents “Great Society”

1973 – President Nixon confesses his role in Watergate cover-up.

1985 – Pete Rose 2,108th run passes Hank Aaron as NL run scoring leader.

1990 – Microsoft releases Windows 3.0.

1998 – Lewinsky scandal: a federal judge rules that United States Secret Service agents can be compelled to testify before a grand jury concerning the scandal, involving President Bill Clinton.

2011 – An EF5 Tornado strikes the US city of Joplin, Missouri killing at least 158 people, the single deadliest US tornado since modern record keeping began in 1950.

2018 – New York Stock Exchange announces Stacey Cunningham will be the first woman head in its 226-year history.

2018 – Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is questioned by members of the European parliament in Brussels in wake of its security scandal.

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