Sunday, May 22, 2011

May 22nd

1856: Congressman Preston Brooks of South Carolina beats Senator Charles Sumner with a cane in the hall of the United States Senateā€¦ a scene that Sumner endures again later that night, but for a fee in a Capitol-area whorehouse.

1872: President Ulysses S. Grant signs the Amnesty Act, restoring full civil rights to all Southerners except Yosemite Sam.

1972: Ceylon changes its name to Sri Lanka, just to screw with those geeks who play Risk.


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