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, 24,923,520 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 ‘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

  • 1455
    Wars of the Roses: at the First Battle of St Albans, Richard, Duke of York, defeats and captures King Henry VI of England.
  • 1762
    Sweden and Prussia sign the Treaty of Hamburg.
  • 1843
    Thousands of people and their cattle head west via wagon train from Independence, Missouri to what would later become the Oregon Territory. It is part of the Great Migration. They follow what is now known as the Oregon Trail.
  • 1844
    Persian Prophet The Báb announces his revelation, founding Bábism. He announces to the world the coming of “He whom God shall make manifest”. He is considered the forerunner of Bahá'u'lláh, the founder of the Bahá'í Faith.
  • 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”).
  • 1872
    Reconstruction: U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant signs the Amnesty Act of 1872 into law restoring full civil rights to all but about 500 Confederate sympathizers.
  • 1915
    Three trains collide in the Quintinshill rail crash near Gretna Green, Scotland, killing 227 people and injuring 246; the accident is found to be the result of non-standard operating practices during a shift change at a busy junction.
  • 1942
    Mexico enters World War II on the side of the Allies.
  • 1964
    U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson announces the goals of his Great Society social reforms to bring an “end to poverty and racial injustice” in America.
  • 1998
    Lewinsky scandal: a federal judge rules that United States Secret Service agents can be compelled to testify before a grand jury concerning the scandal, involving President Bill Clinton.

Who were born on May 22?

  • 1813
    Richard Wagner, German composer (d. 1883)
  • 1841
    Catulle Mendès, French poet (d. 1909)
  • 1913
    František Jílek, Czech conductor (d. 1993)
  • 1914
    Vance Packard, American author (d. 1996)
  • 1941
    Paul Winfield, American actor (d. 2004)
  • 1953
    Paul Mariner, English footballer & football manager
  • 1962
    Brian Pillman, American professional wrestler (d. 1997)
  • 1974
    A. J. Langer, American actress
  • 1980
    Rhett Fisher, American actor and musician
  • 1988
    Pape M'Bow, Senegalese footballer

Who died on May 22?

  • 985
    Saint Bobo of Provence
  • 1538
    John Forrest, English Franciscan friar (b. 1471)
  • 1745
    François-Marie, 1st duc de Broglie, French military leader (b. 1671)
  • 1859
    King Ferdinand II of the Two Sicilies (b. 1810)
  • 1885
    Victor Hugo, French author (b. 1802)
  • 1983
    Albert Claude, Belgian biologist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1899)
  • 1990
    Rocky Graziano, American boxer (b. 1922)
  • 1997
    Renzo Montagnani, Italian actor (b. 1930)
  • 2006
    Heather Crowe, Canadian activist (b. 1945)
  • 2006
    Lee Jong-wook, Korean Director-General of the World Health Organisation (b. 1945)

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