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Calendar for May 22nd, 2013

US: National Maritime Day

In 1933, Congress designated May 22 as National Maritime Day. On this day in 1819, the “first successful transoceanic voyage under steam propulsion” began when the steamship S.S. Savannah set sail from Savannah, Georgia. It arrived in Liverpool, England, on June 20. National Maritime Day is an occasion to honor the past and present contributions of the U.S. merchant marine during both peace and war.


  • Born 1783: William Sturgeon (inventor)

  • 1800s

  • Died 1802: Martha Washington (U.S. First Lady)

  • 1810s

  • Born 1813: Richard Wagner (composer)

  • 1840s

  • 1843: Train of 100-plus wagons left Independence, Missouri, for Oregon

  • Born 1844: Mary Cassatt (painter)

  • 1850s

  • 1856: Representative Preston Brooks caned Senator Charles Sumner in Senate

  • Born 1859: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (author most noted for his stories about the detective Sherlock Holmes)

  • 1880s

  • Died 1885: Victor Hugo (writer)

  • 1900s

  • 1906: Patent granted for Wright brothers' "Flying-Machine"

  • Born 1907: Laurence Olivier (actor)

  • 1910s

  • 1913: The American Cancer Society was founded

  • 1930s

  • Born 1934: Peter Nero (pianist)

  • 1940s

  • Born 1941: Paul Winfield (actor)

  • 1960s

  • 1961: The Space Needle's revolving restaurant in Seattle, Washington, was dedicated

  • 1963: Barry Bishop and the other members of a National Geographic expedition team were the first Americans to reach the summit of Mount Everest. Barry Bishop placed the U.S. flag on top of Mount Everest

  • Died 1967: Langston Hughes (writer)

  • 1970s

  • Born 1970: Naomi Campbell (model)

  • 1971: First permanent IMAX theater opened in Toronto

  • Born 1977: Alastair Ralphs (wrestler)

  • Born 1978: Ginnifer Goodwin (actress)

  • 2000s

  • Died 2005: Thurl Ravenscroft (character voice, most well known for Kellogg's Frosted Flakes' pitchman Tony the Tiger)

  • 2010s

  • Died 2015: Tiffany Two (oldest cat at the time, died at age 27 years, 2 months, and 9 days)

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