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

  • 1176
    The Hashshashin (Assassins) attempt to murder Saladin near Aleppo.
  • 1377
    Pope Gregory XI issues five papal bulls to denounce the doctrines of English theologian John Wycliffe.
  • 1807
    Most of the English town of Chudleigh is destroyed by fire
  • 1826
    HMS Beagle departs on its first voyage.
  • 1848
    Slavery is abolished in Martinique.
  • 1936
    Aer Lingus (Aer Loingeas) is founded by the Irish government as the national airline of the Republic of Ireland.
  • 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.
  • 1969
    Apollo 10's lunar module flies within 8.4 nautical miles (16 km) of the moon’s surface.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Who were born on May 22?

  • 1859
    Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Scottish physician and writer (d. 1930)
  • 1879
    Warwick Armstrong, Australian cricketer (d. 1947)
  • 1901
    Maurice J. Tobin, 56th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1953)
  • 1941
    Paul Winfield, American actor (d. 2004)
  • 1942
    Ted Kaczynski. American terrorist, known as the Unabomber
  • 1953
    Doris Barnett, German politician
  • 1968
    Randy Brown, American basketball player
  • 1974
    John Bale, American baseball player
  • 1985
    Tranquillo Barnetta, Swiss footballer
  • 1987
    Novak Djokovic, Serbian tennis player

Who died on May 22?

  • 985
    Saint Bobo of Provence
  • 1868
    Julius Plücker, German mathematician and physicist (b. 1801)
  • 1932
    Lady Gregory, Irish playwright (b. 1852)
  • 1939
    Jiri Mahen, Czech author (b. 1882)
  • 1988
    Giorgio Almirante, Italian politician (b. 1914)
  • 1992
    Zellig Harris, American linguist (b. 1909)
  • 1997
    Renzo Montagnani, Italian actor (b. 1930)
  • 2003
    Ousmane Zongo, Burkinabé shooting victim
  • 2005
    Charilaos Florakis, Greek politician, long-time General Secretary of the Communist Party of Greece (b. 1914)
  • 2008
    Robert Asprin, American author (b. 1946)

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