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This Day In HistoryMay 22

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337: Roman Emperor Constantine I baptized.

On this day Constantine I, having practiced Christianity since his youth, became, on his deathbed, the first Roman emperor to be baptized in the Christian church. Constantine had hoped to be baptized in the Jordan River but instead received the sacrament near Nicomedia, putting off the imperial purple for the white robes of a neophyte; he died soon after.


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1972:Richard M. Nixon arrived in Moscow on the first visit by a U.S. president to the Soviet Union.
1960:One of the largest earthquakes on record struck the southern coast of Chile, killing about 5,700 people and creating seismic sea waves that caused death and destruction in Japan and Hawaii and on the Pacific coast of the United States.
1942:Mexico entered World War II by declaring war on Germany, Italy, and Japan.
1939:Adolf Hitler of Germany and Benito Mussolini of Italy signed the Pact of Steel, a full military and political alliance between their countries.
1885:French poet, novelist, and dramatist Victor Hugo died in Paris.
1844:American painter Mary Cassatt was born in Allegheny City, Pennsylvania.
1813:German dramatic composer Richard Wagner was born in Leipzig.