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 82nd day of the year 2016 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 284 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Tuesday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is March 9, 2016 – a Tuesday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 1,458,604,800 seconds 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 ‘octacontadigon’ 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 312 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 1,187 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.
  • 1630
    The Massachusetts Bay Colony outlaws the possession of cards, dice, and gaming tables.
  • 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.
  • 1849
    The Austrians defeat the Piedmontese at the Battle of Novara.
  • 1920
    Azeri and Turkish army soldiers with participation of Kurdish gangs attacked the Armenian inhabitants of Shushi (Nagorno Karabakh).
  • 1939
    World War II: Germany takes Memel from Lithuania.
  • 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
  • 1982
    NASA’s Space Shuttle Columbia, is launched from the Kennedy Space Center on its third mission, STS-3.

Who were born on March 22?

  • 1599
    Anthony van Dyck, Flemish painter (d. 1641)
  • 1917
    Irving Kaplansky, American mathematician (d. 2006)
  • 1931
    Burton Richter, American physicist, Nobel laureate
  • 1931
    William Shatner, Canadian actor
  • 1932
    Larry Evans, American chess grandmaster and journalist (d. 2010)
  • 1933
    Abolhassan Banisadr, Iranian politician
  • 1941
    Cassam Uteem, Mauritian political figure
  • 1942
    Jorge Ben Jor, Brazilian musician
  • 1957
    Stephanie Mills, American actress and singer
  • 1965
    Emma Wray, English actress

Who died on March 22?

  • 1840
    Étienne Bobillier, French mathematician (b. 1798)
  • 1934
    Theophilos Hatzimihail, Greek painter (b. 1870)
  • 1945
    John Hessin Clarke, U.S. Supreme Court Justice (b. 1857)
  • 1966
    John Harlin, American mountaineer (b. 1935)
  • 1991
    Dave Guard, American folk singer (The Kingston Trio) (b. 1934)
  • 1994
    Walter Lantz, American cartoonist (b. 1900)
  • 1996
    Don Murray, American musician (The Turtles) (b. 1945)
  • 2001
    Sabiha Gökçen, Turkish combat pilot (b. 1913)
  • 2005
    Kenzo Tange, Japanese architect (b. 1913)
  • 2006
    Lawrence Stephen, Nauruan politician (b. 1939)

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