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Monday, May 22, 2006

ON THIS DATE IN HISTORY (An audio Podcast)

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On this date in:

1455 Forces led by Richard, Duke of York and Richard, Earl of Warwick captured Lancastrian King Henry VI of England, beginning the Wars of the Roses with a Yorkist victory in the First Battle of St Albans.

1761 The first life insurance policy in the United States was issued, in Philadelphia.

1807 - Former U.S. Vice President Aaron Burr was indicted for treason by a grand jury.

1813 Composer Richard Wagner was born in Leipzig, Germany.

1868 The Great Train Robbery took place near Marshfield, Ind., as seven members of the Reno gang made off with $96,000 in cash, gold and bonds.

1915 Four trains collided near Gretna Green, Scotland, killing 227 people and injuring 246 in the Quintinshill rail crash.

1939 Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini signed a ''Pact of Steel'' committing Germany and Italy to a military alliance.

1960 Valdivia, Chile was devastated as the epicenter of the 9.5-magnitude Great Chilean Earthquake, with destructive tsunamis reaching Hilo, Hawaii the following day.

1969 The lunar module of Apollo 10 separated from the command module and flew to within nine miles of the moon's surface in a dress rehearsal for the first lunar landing.

1972 The island nation of Ceylon became the republic of Sri Lanka with the adoption of a new constitution.

1990 After years of conflict, the Yemen Arab Republic and the People's Democratic Republic of Yemen merged to become the Republic of Yemen.


82 Charles Aznavour Actor-singer
79 Michael Constantine Actor (''My Big Fat Greek Wedding'')
72 Peter Nero Pianist-composer
68 Richard Benjamin Actor-director
68 Frank Converse Actor
66 Michael Sarrazin Actor
66 Bernard Shaw Broadcast journalist



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