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Today in History
Today in History: Friday, May  22, 2015
AP Highlight in History:
On May 22, 1939, the foreign ministers of Germany and Italy signed a "Pact of Steel" committing the two countries to a military alliance.
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1813Composer Richard Wagner was born in Leipzig, Germany.
1859Sherlock Holmes author Sir Arthur Canon Doyle was born in Edinburgh, Scotland.
1868The 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.
1907Actor Laurence Olivier was born in Dorking, Surrey, England.
1947The Truman Doctrine was enacted as Congress appropriated military and economic aid for Greece and Turkey.
1960A magnitude 9.5 earthquake, the strongest ever recorded, struck southern Chile, claiming 1,655 lives.
1981"Yorkshire Ripper" Peter Sutcliffe was convicted in London of murdering 13 women and was sentenced to life in prison.
1990North Yemen and South Yemen merged to form the Republic of Yemen.
1992Johnny Carson hosted NBC's "Tonight Show" for the last time after nearly 30 years in the job.
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1998Voters in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland cast ballots giving resounding approval to a Northern Ireland peace accord.
2011A tornado devastated Joplin, Mo., claiming at least 159 lives and destroying about 8,000 homes and businesses.
Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
Oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens turns 87 today.
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Richard BenjaminActor, director77
Bernard ShawBroadcast journalist75
Bernie TaupinSongwriter65
Lisa MurkowskiU.S. senator, R-Alaska58
MorrisseyRock singer56
Ann CusackActress54
Naomi CampbellModel45
Anna BelknapActress ("CSI: NY")43
Alison EastwoodActress, director43
Ginnifer GoodwinActress ("Big Love")37
Maggie QActress36
Novak DjokovicTennis player28
Speed skater Apolo Anton Ohno turns 33 today.
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