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, 1,463,875,200 seconds 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.
  • 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”).
  • 1939
    World War II: Germany and Italy sign the Pact of Steel.
  • 1942
    Mexico enters World War II on the side of the Allies.
  • 1958
    Sri Lankan riots of 1958: This riot is a watershed event in the race relationship of the various ethnic communities of Sri Lanka. The total number of deaths is estimated to be 300, mostly Sri Lankan Tamils.
  • 1960
    An earthquake measuring 9.5 on the moment magnitude scale, now known as the Great Chilean Earthquake, hits southern Chile. It is the most powerful earthquake ever recorded.
  • 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.
  • 2002
    In Washington, D.C., the remains of the missing Chandra Levy are found in Rock Creek Park.
  • 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?

  • 1808
    Gérard de Nerval, French writer (d. 1855)
  • 1904
    Pyotr Sobolevsky, Soviet actor (d. 1977)
  • 1927
    Phil Tucker, American director (d. 1985)
  • 1930
    Harvey Milk, American politician and civil rights activist (d. 1978)
  • 1942
    Calvin Simon, American musician (P Funk)
  • 1947
    Andreas Gerasimos Michalitsianos, Greek-American astronomer and a NASA astrophysicist (d. 1997)
  • 1962
    Brian Pillman, American professional wrestler (d. 1997)
  • 1972
    Riley Dobi Noel, American convicted murderer (d. 2004)
  • 1981
    Bryan Danielson, American professional wrestler
  • 1983
    John Hopkins, American motorcycling racer

Who died on May 22?

  • 192
    Dong Zhuo, Chancellor of Han (slain by his adoptive son Lü Bu) (b. 138)
  • 337
    Constantine the Great, Roman Emperor (b. 272)
  • 1901
    Gaetano Bresci, Italian-American anarchist (b. 1869)
  • 1939
    Jiri Mahen, Czech author (b. 1882)
  • 1965
    Christopher Stone, first disc jockey in the United Kingdom (b. 1882)
  • 1972
    Cecil Day-Lewis, Irish poet and writer (b. 1904)
  • 1989
    Steven DeGroote, South African classical pianist (b. 1953)
  • 1991
    Stan Mortensen, English professional footballer (b. 1921)
  • 1997
    Renzo Montagnani, Italian actor (b. 1930)
  • 2005
    Charilaos Florakis, Greek politician, long-time General Secretary of the Communist Party of Greece (b. 1914)

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