1804: The Corps of Discovery leaves St. Charles, Missour and officially begins the Lewis and Clark Expedition on this day.
1807: Former U.S Vice President Aaron Burr is indicted by a Grand Jury on the charge of Treason.
1816: Riots over the rising cost of grain and high unemployment break out around Littleport in England and spreads to other towns in the following days.
1819: Trying to become the first steamship to cross the Atlantic Ocean, the SS Savannah heads out of the port at Savannah, Georgia.
1826: The HMS Beagle begins its maiden voyage.
1848: In Martinique, slavery is officially abolished.
1849: United States President Abraham Lincoln become the first U.S President to get a patent when he’s granted one for his invention that lifts boats over obstructions and shoals in a river.
1856:S Senator Charles Sumner of Massachusetts is severely beaten with a cane in the hall of the U.S Senate by Congressman Preston Brooks of South Carolina. Senator Sumner had given a speech about Southerners and slavery and that started the instigation.
1863: A siege on Port Hudson begins on this day. It would last forty-eight days and is the longest siege in United States Military History.
1864: The Red River Campaign undertaken by the Union fails after 10-weeks.
1872: The Amnesty Act is signed into law by U.S President Ulysses S. Grant. This act restores full political and civil right to almost all Confederate sympathizers – except for about five hundred of them.
Famous Birthdays on May 22
British writer, Arthur Conan Doyle is born in 1859.
English actor and director, Laurence Olivier is born in 1907.
American politician and activist, Harvey Milk is born in 1930.
American psychiatrist Robert Spitzer is born in 1932.
American actress Susan Strasberg is born in 1938.
American journalist Bernard Shaw is born in 1940.
Irish peace activist and Nobel Prize laureate, Betty Williams is born in 1943.
English model Naomi Campbell is born in 1970.
American author and screenwriter, Max Brooks is born in 1972.
German actress Karoline Herfurth is born in 1984.
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