On May 22, 1972, the former British colony of
Ceylon ratified a new constitution,
becoming the Republic of Sri Lanka.
On May 22, 1872, President Ulysses S. Grant signed
the General Amnesty Act, allowing all but about 500 Southern male
voters denied voting rights as a punishment for rebellion under the
XIVth Amendment to regain their right to vote and hold office.
General amnesty was finally made universal on June 6, 1898.