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, 24,310,080 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 ‘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

  • 1630
    The Massachusetts Bay Colony outlaws the possession of cards, dice, and gaming tables.
  • 1849
    The Austrians defeat the Piedmontese at the Battle of Novara.
  • 1873
    A law is approved by the Spanish National Assembly in Puerto Rico to abolish slavery.
  • 1920
    Azeri and Turkish army soldiers with participation of Kurdish gangs attacked the Armenian inhabitants of Shushi (Nagorno Karabakh).
  • 1943
    World War II: the entire population of Khatyn in Belarus is burnt alive by German occupation forces.
  • 1945
    The Arab League is founded when a charter is adopted in Cairo, Egypt.
  • 1954
    Closed since 1939, the London bullion market reopens.
  • 1993
    The Intel Corporation ships the first Pentium chips (80586), featuring a 60 MHz clock speed, 100+ MIPS, and a 64 bit data path.
  • 1997
    Tara Lipinski, age 14 years and 10 months, becomes the youngest champion women’s World Figure Skating Champion.
  • 1997
    The Comet Hale-Bopp has its closest approach to Earth.

Who were born on March 22?

  • 1852
    Otakar Ševčík, Czech violinist and violin teacher (d. 1934)
  • 1912
    Wilfrid Brambell, Irish actor (d. 1985)
  • 1917
    Irving Kaplansky, American mathematician (d. 2006)
  • 1921
    Nino Manfredi, Italian actor (d. 2004)
  • 1934
    Orrin Hatch, American politician
  • 1943
    Keith Relf, English musician (The Yardbirds) (d. 1976)
  • 1971
    Will Yun Lee, American actor
  • 1975
    Cole Hauser, American actor
  • 1976
    Reese Witherspoon, American actress
  • 1979
    Juan Uribe, Dominican baseball player

Who died on March 22?

  • 1913
    Sung Chiao-jen, Chinese Nationalist (b. 1882)
  • 1960
    José Antonio Aguirre, Basque politician (b. 1904)
  • 1966
    John Harlin, American mountaineer (b. 1935)
  • 1991
    Dave Guard, American folk singer (The Kingston Trio) (b. 1934)
  • 1991
    Léon Balcer, French Canadian politician (b. 1917)
  • 2001
    Sabiha Gökçen, Turkish combat pilot (b. 1913)
  • 2001
    William Hanna, American animator and studio founder (b. 1910)
  • 2006
    Lawrence Stephen, Nauruan politician (b. 1939)
  • 2006
    Pierre Clostermann, French World War II pilot (b. 1921)
  • 2010
    James W. Black, Scottish Nobel Prize-winning doctor and medical research scientist (b. 1924)

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