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

  • 1176
    The Hashshashin (Assassins) attempt to murder Saladin near Aleppo.
  • 1762
    Sweden and Prussia sign the Treaty of Hamburg.
  • 1807
    Most of the English town of Chudleigh is destroyed by fire
  • 1863
    American Civil War: Siege of Port Hudson – Union forces begin to lay siege to the Confederate-controlled Port Hudson, Louisiana.
  • 1942
    The Steel Workers Organizing Committee disbands, and a new trade union, the United Steelworkers, is formed.
  • 1942
    World War II: Ted Williams of the Boston Red Sox enlists in the United States Marine Corps as a flight instructor.
  • 1967
    The L'Innovation department store in the centre of Brussels, Belgium, burns down. It is the most devastating fire in Belgian history, resulting in 323 dead and missing and 150 injured.
  • 1972
    Ceylon adopts a new constitution, thus becoming a Republic, changes its name to Sri Lanka, and joins the Commonwealth of Nations.
  • 1992
    Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Slovenia join the United Nations.
  • 2002
    In Washington, D.C., the remains of the missing Chandra Levy are found in Rock Creek Park.

Who were born on May 22?

  • 1770
    Princess Elizabeth of the United Kingdom (d. 1840)
  • 1808
    Gérard de Nerval, French writer (d. 1855)
  • 1900
    Yvonne de Gaulle, widow of Charles de Gaulle (d. 1979)
  • 1941
    Martha Langbein, German athlete
  • 1951
    Kenneth Bianchi, American serial killer
  • 1959
    Steven Morrissey, English singer
  • 1974
    A. J. Langer, American actress
  • 1977
    Alastair Ralphs, Canadian professional wrestler
  • 1983
    John Hopkins, American motorcycling racer
  • 1988
    Pape M'Bow, Senegalese footballer

Who died on May 22?

  • 337
    Constantine the Great, Roman Emperor (b. 272)
  • 1455
    Edmund Beaufort, 2nd Duke of Somerset, English commander (b. 1406)
  • 1667
    Pope Alexander VII (b. 1599)
  • 1745
    François-Marie, 1st duc de Broglie, French military leader (b. 1671)
  • 1989
    Steven DeGroote, South African classical pianist (b. 1953)
  • 1990
    Rocky Graziano, American boxer (b. 1922)
  • 1998
    John Derek, American actor, director and photographer (b. 1926)
  • 1998
    José Enrique Moyal, mathematical physicist (b. 1910)
  • 2005
    Julia Randall, American poet (b. 1924)
  • 2005
    Thurl Ravenscroft, American voice actor and singer (b. 1914)

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