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

  • 1807
    A grand jury indicts former Vice President of the United States Aaron Burr on a charge of treason.
  • 1816
    A mob in Littleport, Cambridgeshire, England, riots over high unemployment and rising grain costs; the rioting spreads to Ely the next day.
  • 1915
    Lassen Peak erupts with a powerful force, and is the only mountain other than Mount St. Helens to erupt in the continental US during the 20th century.
  • 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.
  • 1962
    Continental Airlines Flight 11 crashes after bombs explode on board.
  • 1969
    Apollo 10's lunar module flies within 8.4 nautical miles (16 km) of the moon’s surface.
  • 1972
    Ceylon adopts a new constitution, thus becoming a Republic, changes its name to Sri Lanka, and joins the Commonwealth of Nations.
  • 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?

  • 1770
    Princess Elizabeth of the United Kingdom (d. 1840)
  • 1874
    Daniel François Malan, Prime Minister of South Africa (d. 1959)
  • 1914
    Edward Arthur Thompson, British historian (d. 1994)
  • 1917
    Georg Tintner, Austrian-born conductor (d. 1999)
  • 1942
    Barbara Parkins, Canadian actress
  • 1942
    Calvin Simon, American musician (P Funk)
  • 1942
    Ted Kaczynski. American terrorist, known as the Unabomber
  • 1948
    Richard Baker, American politician
  • 1973
    Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Danish actor
  • 1980
    Chad Tracy, American baseball player

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)
  • 985
    Saint Bobo of Provence
  • 1745
    François-Marie, 1st duc de Broglie, French military leader (b. 1671)
  • 1901
    Gaetano Bresci, Italian-American anarchist (b. 1869)
  • 1939
    Jiri Mahen, Czech author (b. 1882)
  • 1967
    Langston Hughes, American writer (b. 1902)
  • 1991
    Stan Mortensen, English professional footballer (b. 1921)
  • 2004
    Mikhail Voronin, Russian gymnast (b. 1945)
  • 2005
    Julia Randall, American poet (b. 1924)

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