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May 22

Today in History

0337: Constantine the Great is baptized on his deathbed - first Roman Emperor to convert to Christianity

1455: Battle of St. Albans signals beginning of the "War of the Roses" in England

1761: 1st life insurance policy in US, issued in Phila

1807: Former VP Aaron Burr is tried for treason in Richmond Va (acquitted)

1843: Great Emigration departs for Oregon

1926: "Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue" by Gene Austin hits #1

1942: Mexico declares war on nazi-Germany & Japan

1972: Nixon is first US president to visit USSR

1976: St Louis Cardinal Reggie Smith hits 3 HR

1977: Final European scheduled run of Orient Express (94 years)

1990: Yemen united

Notable Births

1813: Wilhelm Richard Wagner (composer: Tristan, Isolde, Lohengrin)

1859: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (physician; writer: creator of Sherlock Holmes)

1907: Sir Laurence Olivier (Academy Award-winning actor: Hamlet [1948]; War Requiem, The Boys from Brazil, Brideshead Revisited, Carrie, The Jazz Singer, Peter the Great, Richard III, Spartacus, The Merchant of Venice, Marathon Man, Khartoum)

1914: Vance Packard (writer: The Hidden Persuaders)

1922: Judith Crist (Klein) (TV critic)

1926: Elaine Leighton (drummer)

1927: Michael Constantine (Efstration) (Emmy Award-winning actor: Room 222 [1969-70], Sirota's Court, Hey Landlord, The Hustler)

1928: Jackie (Jacqueline) Cain (singer: duo: Jackie & Roy: Flamingo, Over the Rainbow, Euphoria, I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles)

1930: Kenny Ball (musician: trumpet: bandleader: Midnight In Moscow)

1934: Al Brown (entertainer)

1934: Peter Nero (Nierow) (pianist: Theme from the Summer of '42)

1938: Richard Benjamin (actor: Goodbye Columbus, Diary of a Mad Housewife, He and She, Portnoy's Complaint, Love at First Bite, The Sunshine Boys, Westworld; director: The Money Pit, Little Nikita, Made in America, Milk Money)

1938: Frank Converse (actor: Brother Future, Tales of the Unexpected, Home at Last, Cruise into Terror, N.Y.P.D., Movin' On, The Family Tree, Coronet Blue, Dolphin Cove)

1938: Susan Strasberg (actress: The Marriage, Toma, Picnic, Rollercoaster, Delta Force)

1939: Larry Siegfried (basketball)

1940: Michael Sarrazin (actor: Lena's Holiday, They Shoot Horses Don't They, The Reincarnation of Peter Proud, The Flim Flam Man, For Pete's Sake, Mascara, The Seduction)

1940: Mick Tingelhoff (football: Minnesota Vikings center: All-Pro team: [1964, 65, 66, 67, 68, 68])

1941: Paul Winfield (actor: Tyson, Breathing Lessons, Carbon Copy, Cliffhanger, Dennis the Menace, Presumed Innocent, Sounder, The Terminator, Star Trek 2) Died March 7, 2004

1942: Barbara Parkins (actress: Peyton Place, Captains and the Kings, Valley of the Dolls, Calendar Girl Murders, The Deadly Trap)

1943: Tommy John (Baseball Hall of Famer: LA Dodgers pitcher)

1950: Bernie Taupin (lyricist: Your Song, Friends, Rocket Man, Honkey Cat, Crocodile Rock, Daniel, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Don't Let the Sun Go Down On Me; Elton John's lyricist)

Notable Deaths

0337: Constantine the Great, emperor of Rome (306-37)/anti semite, dies

1990: Rocky Graziano, boxer, dies at 71, of heart failure

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