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, 415,392 hours 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

  • 1816
    A mob in Littleport, Cambridgeshire, England, riots over high unemployment and rising grain costs; the rioting spreads to Ely the next day.
  • 1903
    Launch of the White Star Liner, SS Ionic.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1962
    Continental Airlines Flight 11 crashes after bombs explode on board.
  • 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.
  • 1997
    Kelly Flinn, US Air Force’s first female bomber pilot certified for combat, accepts a general discharge in order to avoid a court martial.
  • 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.
  • 2011
    An EF5 Tornado strikes the US city of Joplin, Missouri killing up to 161 people. It is the single deadliest US tornado since modern record keeping began in 1950.

Who were born on May 22?

  • 1885
    Giacomo Matteotti, Italian politician (d. 1924)
  • 1925
    James King, American tenor (d. 2005)
  • 1927
    Phil Tucker, American director (d. 1985)
  • 1952
    Bernhard Brinkmann, German politician
  • 1970
    Pedro Diniz, Brazilian Formula One driver
  • 1978
    Ginnifer Goodwin, American actress
  • 1978
    Katie Price, British model and reality TV personality
  • 1980
    Steven Baker, Australian Australian rules footballer
  • 1981
    Melissa Gregory, American figure skater
  • 1982
    Apolo Anton Ohno, American short track speed skater

Who died on May 22?

  • 1538
    John Forrest, English Franciscan friar (b. 1471)
  • 1540
    Francesco Guicciardini, Italian historian (b. 1483)
  • 1745
    François-Marie, 1st duc de Broglie, French military leader (b. 1671)
  • 1868
    Julius Plücker, German mathematician and physicist (b. 1801)
  • 1965
    Christopher Stone, first disc jockey in the United Kingdom (b. 1882)
  • 1972
    Margaret Rutherford, English actress (b. 1892)
  • 1997
    Alfred Hershey, American biochemist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1908)
  • 1998
    José Enrique Moyal, mathematical physicist (b. 1910)
  • 2006
    Lee Jong-wook, Korean Director-General of the World Health Organisation (b. 1945)
  • 2008
    Robert Asprin, American author (b. 1946)

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