UPI Almanac for Thursday, May 22, 2014

The original “Great Train Robbery,” Nixon in Moscow, the catastrophic Joplin tornado … on this date in history.
By United Press International  |  May 22, 2014 at 3:30 AM
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Today is Thursday, May 22, the 142nd day of 2014 with 223 to follow.

The moon is waning. Morning stars are Neptune, Uranus and Venus. Evening stars are Jupiter Mars, Mercury and Saturn.

Those born on this date are under the sign of Gemini. They include German composer Richard Wagner in 1813; Scottish writer Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of Sherlock Holmes, in 1859; baseball Hall of Fame member Al Simmons in 1902; actor Laurence Olivier in 1907; game show announcer Johnny Olson in 1910; pioneering jazz musician Sun Ra (born Herman Blount) in 1914; critic Judith Crist in 1922; French singer Charles Aznavour in 1924 (age 90); entrepreneur T. Boone Pickens, Jr. in 1928 (age 86); activist Harvey Milk in 1930; pianist/composer Peter Nero in 1934 (age 80); journalist Bernard Shaw in 1940 (age 74); Northern Irish political activist and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Betty Williams in 1943 (age 71); actors Richard Benjamin in 1938 (age 76), Paul Winfield in 1939 and Michael Sarrazin in 1940; Unabomber Theodore Kaczynski in 1942 (age 72); soccer legend George Best in 1946; British songwriter Bernie Taupin in 1950 (age 64); model/actor Naomi Campbell in 1970 (age 44); actor Ginnifer Goodwin in 1978 (age 36); Olympic champion skater Apolo Anton Ohno in 1982 (age 32); and tennis player Novak Djokovic in 1987 (age 27).

On this date in history:

In 1868, seven members of the Reno gang stole $98,000 from a railway car at Marshfield, Ind. It was the original "Great Train Robbery."

In 1924, the discovery of the body of Bobby Franks, 13, of Chicago led to the arrest and conviction of Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb. (They were sentenced to 99 years in prison for the so-called thrill killing.)

In 1972, Richard Nixon became the first U.S president to visit Moscow.

In 1987, a tornado flattened Saragosa, Texas, population 185, killing 29 residents and injuring 121.

In 1992, Johnny Carson ended his nearly 30-year career as host of "The Tonight Show."

In 2002, authorities in Birmingham, Ala., convicted a fourth suspect in a 1963 church bombing that killed four black girls. Bobby Frank Cherry, 71, a former Ku Klux Klansman, was sentenced to life in prison.

In 2003, Annika Sorenstam became the first woman in 59 years to compete in a PGA event but her 5-over-par 145 through two rounds of the Bank of America Colonial tournament failed to make the cut.

In 2009, General Motors struck a deal with union workers in which GM would finance half of a $20 billion retiree health benefit obligation with company stock.

In 2011, the deadliest tornado to strike the United States in half a century roared into the heart of Joplin, Mo., with winds of 200 mph. It killed more than 160 people, injured about 1,100 others and destroyed nearly one-third of the city.

In 2013, two men armed with knives and a cleaver killed British soldier Lee Rigby on a southeast London street. (The attackers, who said they were avenging the killing of Muslims by Britain's military, were both sentenced to life in prison.)

A thought for the day: "There are those who look at things the way they are and ask why ... I dream of things that never were and ask why not?" – Robert F. Kennedy

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