What are the important events that happened on March 22? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

March 22: Facts & Myths About This Day

March 22 is the 81st day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 284 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Wednesday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is March 9, 2017 – a Wednesday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 24,835,680 minutes has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘octacontahenagon’ day.

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Aries is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Aquamarine is the modern birthstone for this month. Jade is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 334 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 1,552 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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March 22 Historical Events

  • 238
    Gordian I and his son Gordian II are proclaimed Roman Emperors.
  • 1739
    Nadir Shah occupies Delhi in India and sacks the city, stealing the jewels of the Peacock Throne.
  • 1809
    Charles XIII succeeds Gustav IV Adolf to the Swedish throne.
  • 1920
    Azeri and Turkish army soldiers with participation of Kurdish gangs attacked the Armenian inhabitants of Shushi (Nagorno Karabakh).
  • 1945
    The Arab League is founded when a charter is adopted in Cairo, Egypt.
  • 1960
    Arthur Leonard Schawlow and Charles Hard Townes receive the first patent for a laser
  • 1978
    Karl Wallenda of The Flying Wallendas dies after falling off a tight-rope between two hotels in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
  • 1982
    NASA’s Space Shuttle Columbia, is launched from the Kennedy Space Center on its third mission, STS-3.
  • 1995
    Cosmonaut Valeriy Polyakov returns to earth after setting a record of 438 days in space.
  • 2004
    Ahmed Yassin, co-founder and leader of the Palestinian Sunni Islamist group Hamas, two bodyguards, and nine civilian bystanders are killed in the Gaza Strip when hit by Israeli Air Force AH-64 Apache fired Hellfire missiles.

Who were born on March 22?

  • 1818
    John Ainsworth Horrocks, English explorer of South Australia (d. 1846)
  • 1880
    Ernie Quigley, Canadian-born American sports official (d. 1960)
  • 1887
    Chico Marx, American comedian and actor (d. 1961)
  • 1936
    Roger Whittaker, British singer
  • 1946
    Don Chaney, American basketball player and head coach
  • 1946
    Rudy Rucker, American author
  • 1955
    Pete Sessions, American politician
  • 1974
    Kidada Jones, American actress
  • 1980
    Pamela O'Connor, Scottish ice dancer
  • 1990
    Lisa Mitchell, Australian singer-songwriter

Who died on March 22?

  • 1820
    Stephen Decatur, American naval officer (b. 1779)
  • 1913
    Sung Chiao-jen, Chinese Nationalist (b. 1882)
  • 1945
    John Hessin Clarke, U.S. Supreme Court Justice (b. 1857)
  • 1960
    José Antonio Aguirre, Basque politician (b. 1904)
  • 1986
    Charles Starrett, American actor (b. 1903)
  • 1991
    Dave Guard, American folk singer (The Kingston Trio) (b. 1934)
  • 1996
    Billy Williamson, American musician with Bill Haley & His Comets (b. 1925)
  • 2006
    Pierre Clostermann, French World War II pilot (b. 1921)
  • 2007
    Uppaluri Gopala Krishnamurti, Indian philosopher (b. 1918)
  • 2009
    Leon Walker, British rugby player (b. 1988)

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