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 143rd day of the year 2016 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 223 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Sunday.

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

When this day started, 406,632 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 ‘hectatetracontatrigon’ 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 251 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 1,248 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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May 22 Historical Events

  • 1254
    Serbian King Stephen Uroš I and the Republic of Venice sign a peace treaty.
  • 1840
    The transporting of British convicts to the New South Wales colony is abolished.
  • 1848
    Slavery is abolished in Martinique.
  • 1947
    Cold War: in an effort to fight the spread of Communism, U.S. President Harry S. Truman signs an act into law that will later be called the Truman Doctrine. The act grants $400 million in military and economic aid to Turkey and Greece, each battling an internal Communist movement.
  • 1963
    Assassination attempt of Greek left-wing politician Gregoris Lambrakis, who will die five days afterwards.
  • 1969
    Apollo 10's lunar module flies within 8.4 nautical miles (16 km) of the moon’s surface.
  • 1980
    Namco releases the highly influential arcade game Pac-Man.
  • 1987
    First ever Rugby World Cup kicks off with New Zealand playing Italy at Eden Park, Auckland.
  • 1992
    Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Slovenia join the United Nations.
  • 2002
    American civil rights movement: a jury in Birmingham, Alabama, convicts former Ku Klux Klan member Bobby Frank Cherry of the 1963 murders of four girls in the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church.

Who were born on May 22?

  • 1823
    Solomon Bundy, American politician (d. 1889)
  • 1901
    Maurice J. Tobin, 56th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1953)
  • 1917
    Nathan Davis, American actor (d. 2008)
  • 1924
    Charles Aznavour, Armenian-French singer, actor, and composer
  • 1932
    Merry Anders, American actress
  • 1953
    Cha Bum-Kun, Korean footballer
  • 1964
    Mark Christopher Lawrence, American Actor & Standup Comedian
  • 1973
    Danny Tiatto, Australian footballer
  • 1973
    Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Danish actor
  • 1974
    Sean Gunn, American actor

Who died on May 22?

  • 748
    Empress Genshō of Japan (b. 680)
  • 1068
    Emperor Go-Reizei of Japan (b. 1025)
  • 1455
    Edmund Beaufort, 2nd Duke of Somerset, English commander (b. 1406)
  • 1745
    François-Marie, 1st duc de Broglie, French military leader (b. 1671)
  • 1795
    Ewald Friedrich, Count von Hertzberg, Prussian statesman (b. 1725)
  • 1868
    Julius Plücker, German mathematician and physicist (b. 1801)
  • 1967
    Langston Hughes, American writer (b. 1902)
  • 1972
    Margaret Rutherford, English actress (b. 1892)
  • 1997
    Alfred Hershey, American biochemist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1908)
  • 2004
    Mikhail Voronin, Russian gymnast (b. 1945)

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