On this day: May 22

Published: May 21 2013 04:07:18 PM EDT   Updated On: May 22 2014 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 - Lee Rigby
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Ministry of Defence

2013: In a brutal attack recorded on closed-circuit TV and by bystanders, Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale hit 25-year-old British soldier Lee Rigby (pictured) with a car then hack him to death with a meat cleaver and knives. The Islamic converts, through testimony or their lawyers' arguments in court, indicated they killed Rigby for Allah. Cellphone footage replayed at the trial showed Adebolajo, still clutching a cleaver in his bloody hands, ranting that the killing was "an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth" for British soldiers killing Muslims overseas. The two were convicted of Rigby's murder in December 2013 and sentenced in February 2014, with Adebolajo receiving life in prison and Adebowale receiving a sentence of at least 45 years.

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