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

May 22: Facts & Myths About This Day

May 22 is the 142nd day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 223 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Monday.

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

When this day started, 415,392 hours 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 ‘hectatetracontadigon’ day.

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

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 273 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 1,613 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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May 22 Historical Events

  • 334 BC
    The Macedonian army of Alexander the Great defeats Darius III of Persia in the Battle of the Granicus.
  • 1762
    Sweden and Prussia sign the Treaty of Hamburg.
  • 1816
    A mob in Littleport, Cambridgeshire, England, riots over high unemployment and rising grain costs; the rioting spreads to Ely the next day.
  • 1856
    Congressman Preston Brooks of South Carolina beats Senator Charles Sumner with a cane in the hall of the United States Senate for a speech Sumner had made attacking Southerners who sympathized with the pro-slavery violence in Kansas (“Bleeding Kansas”).
  • 1863
    American Civil War: Siege of Port Hudson – Union forces begin to lay siege to the Confederate-controlled Port Hudson, Louisiana.
  • 1915
    Lassen Peak erupts with a powerful force, and is the only mountain other than Mount St. Helens to erupt in the continental US during the 20th century.
  • 1942
    World War II: Ted Williams of the Boston Red Sox enlists in the United States Marine Corps as a flight instructor.
  • 1963
    Assassination attempt of Greek left-wing politician Gregoris Lambrakis, who will die five days afterwards.
  • 1972
    Ceylon adopts a new constitution, thus becoming a Republic, changes its name to Sri Lanka, and joins the Commonwealth of Nations.
  • 2003
    In Fort Worth, Texas, Annika Sörenstam becomes the first woman to play the PGA Tour in 58 years.

Who were born on May 22?

  • 1772
    Ram Mohan Roy, Hindu reformer (d. 1833)
  • 1823
    Isabella Glyn, British actress (d. 1889)
  • 1904
    Pyotr Sobolevsky, Soviet actor (d. 1977)
  • 1943
    Gesine Schwan, German politician and science professor
  • 1948
    Richard Baker, American politician
  • 1968
    Graham Linehan, Irish television writer and director (Black Books, The IT Crowd)
  • 1973
    Julián Tavárez, Dominican baseball player
  • 1975
    Janne Niinimaa, Finnish ice-hockey player
  • 1978
    Ginnifer Goodwin, American actress
  • 1985
    Marc-Antoine Pouliot, Canadian ice hockey player

Who died on May 22?

  • 192
    Dong Zhuo, Chancellor of Han (slain by his adoptive son Lü Bu) (b. 138)
  • 1457
    Saint Rita of Cascia, Italian saint (b. 1381)
  • 1667
    Pope Alexander VII (b. 1599)
  • 1745
    François-Marie, 1st duc de Broglie, French military leader (b. 1671)
  • 1746
    Thomas Southerne, Irish dramatist (b. 1660)
  • 1861
    Thornsbury Bailey Brown, first Union soldier to be killed by a Confederate soldier in the American Civil War (b. 1829)
  • 1997
    Renzo Montagnani, Italian actor (b. 1930)
  • 1998
    John Derek, American actor, director and photographer (b. 1926)
  • 2005
    Thurl Ravenscroft, American voice actor and singer (b. 1914)
  • 2006
    Lee Jong-wook, Korean Director-General of the World Health Organisation (b. 1945)

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