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On this day: May 22

Published: May 21 2013 04:07:18 PM EDT   Updated On: May 22 2013 02:00:00 AM EDT

A former U.S. vice president is indicted for treason, the most powerful earthquake ever recorded hits Chile, "Pac-Man" makes his debut, Johnny Carson signs off, and a deadly tornado devastates Joplin, Mo., all on this day.

OTD May 22 - Martha Washington
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1802: Martha Washington, the wife of President George Washington, dies at the age of 70 in Mount Vernon, Va. Although the title was not coined until after her death, Martha Washington is considered to be the first first lady of the United States.

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