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May 22 Peace Love Activism

May 22 Peace Love Activism


Amnesty Act of 1872

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May 22, 1872: President Ulysses Grant signed the Amnesty Act of 1872. It ended voting restrictions and office-holding disqualifications against most of the Confederate troops and secessionists who rebelled against the Union in the Civil War. The act conferred these rights to over 150,000 former Confederate troops with the exception of some 500 military leaders of the Confederacy. (see Dec 8)
Dr. Richard Harris
May 22, 1961: for two days, the freedom riders and civil rights  leaders took shelter and plot strategy at the Montgomery home of prominent African-American pharmacist Dr. Richard Harris. (see May 23)
Sixteenth Street Baptist Church bombing
May 22, 2002: a jury in Birmingham, AL convicted former KKK member Bobby Frank Cherry of the 1963 murders of Addie Mae Collins (then 14), Denise McNair (then 11), Carole Robertson (then 14), and Cynthia Wesley (then 14) in the attack, (see Oct 28)

Emma Goldman

William Buwalda
On April 26, 1908 Emma Goldman had lectured on patriotism at Walton's Pavilion in San Francisco. A United States soldier (private first-class), William Buwalda, attended the lecture in uniform and was witnessed shaking her hand. Within two weeks, he was court-martialed in violation of the 62nd Article of War, and found guilty by a military court, dishonorably discharged and sentenced to five years at hard labor on Alcatraz Island, San Francisco, California. On  May 22 his sentence was commuted to three years' hard labor, in deference to his 15 years of excellent military service and the assumption of a temporary lapse in judgment under the sway of an "anarchist orator."  (see Dec 31)

US Labor History

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May 22, 1920: Civil Service Retirement Act of 1920 gave federal workers a pension. (see August 1, 1921)

Cold War

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May 22, 1947: Congress enacted the Truman Doctrine when it appropriated military and economic aid for Greece and Turkey. (see May 29)

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May 22, 1941: Bruce Rowland, drummer for Joe Cocker at Woodstock, born.
Fear of Rock
May 22, 1955: authorities in Bridgeport, Connecticut, cancelled a Fats Domino concert because of the dangers of “Rock and Roll.” This was one of many controversies and censorship efforts involving rock and roll in the early years. Similar rock and roll concert cancellations due to local officials’ fear of possible violence occurred in Boston, Atlanta, Newark and Asbury Park, New Jersey, and Burbank, California. See Elvis Presley’s first appearance on the Ed Sullivan television show (September 9, 1956) and controversies over the film Blackboard Jungle, which opened with Bill Haley’s Rock Around the Clock on the soundtrack (August 26, 1955). (see July 9)
Ernie K Doe
May 22 – 28, 1961: “Mother-in-Law” by Ernie K Doe #1 Billboard Hot 100.
GI Blues
May 22 – June 11, 1961: Elvis’s GI Blues returned to Billboard’s #1 album for a fourth time. (see Aug 28)
Ticket to Ride
May 22 – 28, 1965, The Beatles' “Ticket to Ride” #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. (see June 14)


May 22, 1964: in a speech before the American Law Institute in Washington, D.C., Secretary of State Dean Rusk explicitly accused North Vietnam of initiating and directing the aggression in South Vietnam. U.S. withdrawal, said Rusk, “would mean not only grievous losses to the free world in Southeast and Southern Asia but a drastic loss of confidence in the will and capacity of the free world.” He concluded: “There is a simple prescription for peace–leave your neighbors alone.” (see May 24)

Crime and Punishment

May 22, 1964: Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy gave the keynote address at the National Conference on Bail and Criminal Justice on this day. Chief Justice Earl Warren also spoke. The conference launched a national bail reform movement that led to the 1966 federal Bail Reform Act (June 22, 1966) and similar laws in every state  (see March 8, 1965)
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May 22, 1978:  the US Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit affirms Judge Decker's February 23, 1978 ruling that the three ordinances adopted by the Skokie Village Board aimed at preventing Frank Collin and his Nationalist Socialist party sympathizers from marching in Skokie are unconstitutional as violative of the 1st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. (see May 25)


Harvey Milk
May 22, 1979: approximately 10,000 people gathered on San Francisco's Castro and Market streets for a peaceful demonstration to commemorate what would have been Harvey Milk's 49th birthday. (see July 12)
May 22, 2008: Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley signed into law a domestic partnership bill allowing same-sex couples in Maryland some - but not all - of the benefits that marriage afforded. The law took effect on July 1, 2008. (see June 17)

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May 22, 2013: Ireland became the first-ever country to approve same-sex marriage by referendum, voting overwhelmingly to approve it despite opposition from clergy in the heavily Catholic nation. Reuters said in the vote "more than 60 percent of eligible voters cast their ballot, the highest turnout at a referendum there in over two decades." (see June 5)

Irish Troubles

Kieran Doherty

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May 22, 1981:  Kieran Doherty, an Irish Republican Army prisoner in the Maze Prison, joined the hunger strike. (see May 29)
Peace accord

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May 22, 1998: voters in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland cast ballots giving resounding approval to a Northern Ireland peace accord. (see Oct 16)


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May 22, 1994: Pope John Paul II issued the Apostolic Letter Ordinatio Sacerdotalis from the Vatican, expounding the Catholic Church's position requiring "the reservation of priestly ordination to men alone." (see Feminism, May 26, 1994)

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