What Happened On This Day – May 22
2012 The world's tallest tower is opened to the public
At 643 meters (2080 feet), the Tokyo Skytree in Japan's capital city is also the second tallest structure in the world after Burj Khalifa in Dubai. Its prime purpose is relaying TV and radio signals.
2010 The worst air crash involving a Boeing 737 kills 158
Air India Express Flight 812 overshot the runway on landing at Mangalore International Airport. It fell over a cliff and burst into flames. The 737 is the world's most widely flown aircraft.
1980 The arcade game Pac-Man is released
The game featuring a dot-munching round yellow figure moving through a maze has become one of the best-known video games in history. It was produced by Namco.
1960 The most violent earthquake in recorded history hits Chile
The Great Chilean Earthquake rated 9.5 on the moment magnitude scale. According to estimates, between 2230 and 6000 people were killed.
1906 The Wright brothers' flying machine is patented
The American aviation pioneers are credited with having performed “the first sustained and controlled heavier-than-air powered flight.” (Fédération Aéronautique Internationale)
Births On This Day,
English singer-songwriter, pianist
1930 Harvey Milk
American lieutenant, politician, activist
1859 Arthur Conan Doyle
Scottish physician, author
1813 Richard Wagner
German composer, director
Deaths On This Day,
2013 Henri Dutilleux
1992 Zellig Harris
1967 Langston Hughes
American poet, author
1885 Victor Hugo
French author, poet, playwright
337 Constantine the Great