Looking Back: On May 22…

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Pac-Man game.

Pac-Man game.

In 1629, Ferdinand II, Holy Roman Emperor, and Danish King Christian IV signed the Treaty of Lübeck to end Danish intervention in the Thirty Years’ War.

In 1849, Abraham Lincoln was issued a patent for an invention to lift boats over obstacles in a river, making him the only U.S. president to hold a patent.

In 1897, the first Blackwall Tunnel under the River Thames was opened to improve commerce and trade in the East End of London.

In 1942, the Steel Workers Organizing Committee disbanded, and a new trade union, the United Steelworkers, was formed.

In 1947, in an effort to fight the spread of Communism, the President Harry S. Truman signed an act into law that became known as the Truman Doctrine. The act granted $400 million in military and economic aid to Turkey and Greece to battle an internal Communist movement.

In 1958, ethnic rioting broke out in Ceylon, targeted mostly at the minority Sri Lankan Tamils, resulting in up to 300 deaths over the next five days.

In 1980, Namco released the highly influential arcade game Pac-Man.

In 2010, Air India Express Flight 812overshot a runway in Mangalore and fell over a cliff, killing 158 of the 166 people on board in the crash and ensuing fire.

 

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