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This Day in History: Canes, Volcanoes, and Mexico

May 22nd

  • 1807- A grand jury indicts former V.P. Arron Burr on a count of treason.
  • 1843- Thousands of people and their cattle head west via wagon train from Independence, Missouri to what would later become the Oregon Territory. It is part of the Great Migration. They follow what is now known as the Oregon Trail.
  • 1848- Slavery is abolished in Martinique.
  • 1856- Congressman Preston Brooks of South Carolina beats Senator Charles Sumner with a cane in the hall of the United States Senate for a speech Sumner had made attacking Southerners who sympathized with the pro-slavery violence in Kansas.
  • 1906- The Wright brothers are granted U.S. patent number 821,393 for their Flying-Machine.
  • 1915- Lassen Peak in California erupts, joining Mt. Saint Helens as the only eruptions in the continental U.S. during the 20th century.
  • 1942- Mexico enters World War II on the side of the Allies.\
  • 1947- U.S. President Harry Truman enacts the Truman Doctrine, giving $400 million of aid to fight communism in Turkey and Greece.
  • 1960- The largest earthquake ever recorded hits southern Chile.  It registered a 9.5.
  • 1962- Continental Airlines Flight 11 crashes after bombs explode on board.
  • 1992- After 30 years, 66-year-old Johnny Carson hosts The Tonight Show for the last time.
  • 2008- The Late-May 2008 tornado outbreak sequence unleashes 235 tornadoes, including an EF4 and an EF5 tornado, between 22 May and 31 May 2008. The tornadoes struck 19 states and one Canadian province.

Birthday Shoutouts

The Conservative Journal wishes a Happy Birthday to..

  • American businessman T. Boone Pickens, 81.
  • Alaskan Senator Lisa Murkowski, 52.
  • former left handed MLB pitcher Tommy John, 66.

Also, don’t forget to go buy a banjo because today is “Buy a Musical Instrument Day”!

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This Day in History: Vampires, Comets, and Congress

May 18th

  • 1498- Vasco de Gama reaches Calicut, India.

  • 1652- Rhode Island passes the first laws in North America making slavery illegal.
  • 1804- Napolean Bonaparte declared the Emperor of France by the French Senate.
  • 1863- The Siege of Vicksburg begins as part of the Civil War.
  • 1897- Dracula is first published.  Twilight fans, thank Irish Author Bram Stoker for the vampire.
  • 1910- Haley’s Comet passes through the night sky.
  • 1969- Apollo 10 is launched.
  • 1980- Mt. St. Helens in Alaska erupts, killing 57 and causing several billion in damages.
  • 1992- The 27th amendment is finally ratified 202 years after initial submission.  This amendment prohibits salaries of members of Congress from being raised during the term.

Birthday Shoutouts

The Conservative Journal wishes a happy birthday to…

  • My favorite Luxembourgian politician and former Prime Minister, Jacques Santer, 72.
  • Country music singer George Strait, 57.
  • The brilliantly hilarious Tina Fey, 39.

Only the very rich and famous get a shout out from us.

In Memory Of..

  • Victim of the 1980 Mt. St. Helens eruption Harry Randall Truman, 1980.
  • The first female member of Congress Jeannette Rankin, 1973.

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