spotlight Today in History, May 22: Johnny Carson May 22, 2019 Facebook Twitter SMS Email Print Save Today is Wednesday, May 22.Today's Highlight in History: 1992: Johnny Carson On May 22, 1992, after a reign lasting nearly 30 years, Johnny Carson hosted NBC's "Tonight Show" for the final time (Jay Leno took over as host three days later). AP 1939: "Pact of Steel" In 1939, the foreign ministers of Germany and Italy, Joachim von Ribbentrop and Galeazzo Ciano, signed a "Pact of Steel" committing the two countries to a military alliance. AP 1960: Chile Earthquake In 1960, an earthquake of magnitude 9.5, the strongest ever measured, struck southern Chile, claiming some 1,655 lives. AP 1962: Continental Flight 11 Explosion In 1962, Continental Airlines Flight 11, en route from Chicago to Kansas City, Missouri, crashed after a bomb apparently brought on board by a passenger exploded, killing all 45 occupants of the Boeing 707. AP 1964: "Great Society" In 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson, speaking at the University of Michigan, outlined the goals of his "Great Society," saying that it "rests on abundance and liberty for all" and "demands an end to poverty and racial injustice." AP 1968: USS Scorpion In 1968, the nuclear-powered submarine USS Scorpion, with 99 men aboard, sank in the Atlantic Ocean. (The remains of the sub were later found on the ocean floor 400 miles southwest of the Azores.) AP 1969: Apollo 10 In 1969, the lunar module of Apollo 10, with Thomas P. Stafford and Eugene Cernan aboard, flew to within nine miles of the moon's surface in a dress rehearsal for the first lunar landing. AP 1981: "Yorkshire Ripper" In 1981 "Yorkshire Ripper" Peter Sutcliffe was convicted in London of murdering 13 women and was sentenced to life in prison. AP 1998: Ireland Peace Accord In 1998, voters in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland turned out to cast ballots giving resounding approval to a Northern Ireland peace accord. AP 1998: Monica Lewinsky Investigation In 1998, a federal judge ruled that Secret Service agents could be compelled to testify before the grand jury in the Monica Lewinsky investigation. AP 2001: Ford Motor Co. In 2001, Ford Motor Co. said it planned to spend more than $2 billion to replace up to 13 million Firestone tires on its vehicles because of safety concerns. AP 2009: Barack Obama Ten years ago: President Barack Obama promised graduating midshipmen at the U.S. Naval Academy that, as their commander in chief, he would only send them "into harm's way when it is absolutely necessary." AP 2009: Joe Biden Lebanon Ten years ago: Vice President Joe Biden arrived in Lebanon to reinforce U.S. support for the government ahead of key parliamentary elections. AP 2011: Joplin Tornado In 2011, a tornado devastated Joplin, Missouri, with winds up to 250 mph, claiming at least 159 lives and destroying about 8,000 homes and businesses. AP 2014: NSA Surveillance Five years ago: The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation to end the National Security Agency's bulk collection of American phone records (however, the USA Freedom Act was later blocked in the Senate.) AP 2014: Thailand Coup Five years ago: Thailand's military seized power in a bloodless coup. AP 2017: Manchester Concert Blast In 2017, a suicide bomber set off an improvised explosive device that killed 22 people at the end of an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England. AP 2018: Philip Roth One year ago: Novelist Philip Roth, whose books included "Portnoy's Complaint" and the Pulitzer Prize-winning "American Pastoral," died in New York at the age of 85. AP 2018: Stacey Abrams One year ago: Stacey Abrams won Georgia's Democratic gubernatorial primary, making her the first woman nominee for Georgia governor from either major party. (Abrams, seeking to become the nation's first black female governor, was defeated in November by Republican Brian Kemp.) AP Tags Wire Timegoggles Sweeps Facebook Twitter SMS Email Print Save Recommended View All Promotions promotion Activate your digital subscription promotion spotlight What's your home style? More Latest Local Offers Bradeen Real Estate & Auctions Serving the Black Hills area since 1923. Patriot Plumbing, Inc. 15% off plumbing services for active military and veterans from Patriot Plumbing. 605-391-3320 Rapid City Paintless Dent Repair Are your repairs going to take longer than expected? Rapid City Paintless Dent Repair offers free loaner cars so you don't have to wait!