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On May 22, 1761, the first Amer­i­can life insurance pol­icy was is­sued in Philadel­phia to a Rev. Fran­cis Al­li­son, whose pre­mium was six pounds per year.

In 1813, com­poser Richard Wag­ner was born in Leipzig, Ger­many.

In 1915, the Lassen Peak vol­cano in Northern Cal­i­for­nia ex­ploded, dev­as­tat­ing nearby ar­eas.

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.

In 1960, an earth­quake of mag­ni­tude 9.5, the strong­est ever mea­sured, struck south­ern Chile.

In 1992, af­ter a reign last­ing nearly 30 years, Johnny Car­son hosted NBC’s “Tonight Show” for the fi­nal time.

In 2014, Thai­land’s mil­i­tary seized power in a blood­less coup.

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