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, 24,397,920 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 ‘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

  • 1455
    Wars of the Roses: at the First Battle of St Albans, Richard, Duke of York, defeats and captures King Henry VI of England.
  • 1807
    Most of the English town of Chudleigh is destroyed by fire
  • 1819
    The SS Savannah leaves port at Savannah, Georgia, United States, on a voyage to become the first steamship to cross the Atlantic Ocean. The ship arrived at Liverpool, England on June 20.
  • 1840
    The transporting of British convicts to the New South Wales colony is abolished.
  • 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.
  • 1939
    World War II: Germany and Italy sign the Pact of Steel.
  • 1942
    The Steel Workers Organizing Committee disbands, and a new trade union, the United Steelworkers, is formed.
  • 1990
    North and South Yemen are unified to create the Republic of Yemen.
  • 2004
    The U.S. town of Hallam, Nebraska, is wiped out by a powerful F4 tornado (part of the May 2004 tornado outbreak sequence) that broke a width record at an astounding 2.5 mi wide, which kills one resident.
  • 2008
    The Late-May 2008 tornado outbreak sequence unleashes 235 tornadoes, including an EF4 and an EF5 tornado, between May 22 and May 31, 2008. The tornadoes struck 19 states and one Canadian province.

Who were born on May 22?

  • 1879
    Alla Nazimova, Ukrainian-born actress, scriptwriter, and producer (d. 1945)
  • 1922
    Quinn Martin, American television producer (d. 1987)
  • 1942
    Calvin Simon, American musician (P Funk)
  • 1943
    Gesine Schwan, German politician and science professor
  • 1951
    Kenneth Bianchi, American serial killer
  • 1955
    Iva Davies, Australian rock star (Icehouse)
  • 1970
    Naomi Campbell, British model and actress
  • 1974
    A. J. Langer, American actress
  • 1977
    Dre Bly, American football player
  • 1981
    Melissa Gregory, American figure skater

Who died on May 22?

  • 1455
    Henry Percy, 2nd Earl of Northumberland, English politician
  • 1666
    Gaspar Schott, German scientist (b. 1608)
  • 1885
    Victor Hugo, French author (b. 1802)
  • 1939
    Ernst Toller, German author (b. 1893)
  • 1989
    Steven DeGroote, South African classical pianist (b. 1953)
  • 1992
    Zellig Harris, American linguist (b. 1909)
  • 2003
    Ousmane Zongo, Burkinabé shooting victim
  • 2004
    Richard Biggs, American actor (b. 1960)
  • 2005
    Julia Randall, American poet (b. 1924)
  • 2008
    Robert Asprin, American author (b. 1946)

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