Today in History
Today in History: Monday, May  22, 2017
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.
 
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Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
Oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens turns 89 today.
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NameProfessionAge
Richard BenjaminActor, director79
Bernard ShawBroadcast journalist77
Bernie TaupinSongwriter67
Lisa MurkowskiU.S. senator, R-Alaska60
MorrisseyRock singer58
Ann CusackActress56
Naomi CampbellModel47
Anna BelknapActress ("CSI: NY")45
Alison EastwoodActress, director45
Ginnifer GoodwinActress ("Big Love")39
Maggie QActress38
Novak DjokovicTennis player30
Speed skater Apolo Anton Ohno turns 35 today.
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