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 2015 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 223 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Friday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is May 9, 2015 – a Friday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 1,432,252,800 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 ‘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 262 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 882 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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May 22 Historical Events

  • 1807
    Most of the English town of Chudleigh is destroyed by fire
  • 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”).
  • 1863
    American Civil War: Siege of Port Hudson – Union forces begin to lay siege to the Confederate-controlled Port Hudson, Louisiana.
  • 1897
    The Blackwall Tunnel under the River Thames is officially opened
  • 1906
    The Wright brothers are granted U.S. patent number 821,393 for their “Flying-Machine”.
  • 1947
    Cold War: in an effort to fight the spread of Communism, U.S. President Harry S. Truman signs an act into law that will later be called the Truman Doctrine. The act grants $400 million in military and economic aid to Turkey and Greece, each battling an internal Communist movement.
  • 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.
  • 1980
    Namco releases the highly influential arcade game Pac-Man.
  • 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?

  • 1891
    Eddie Edwards, American jazz trombonist (d. 1963)
  • 1900
    Yvonne de Gaulle, widow of Charles de Gaulle (d. 1979)
  • 1904
    Paul Viiding, Estonian poet (d. 1962)
  • 1907
    Hergé, Belgian comic-book creator (d. 1983)
  • 1907
    Sir Laurence Olivier, English stage and screen actor (d. 1989)
  • 1908
    Rattana Pestonji, Thai filmmaker (d. 1970)
  • 1943
    Gesine Schwan, German politician and science professor
  • 1948
    Richard Baker, American politician
  • 1961
    Mike Breen, American sportscaster
  • 1984
    Joe Lauzon, American martial artist

Who died on May 22?

  • 1540
    Francesco Guicciardini, Italian historian (b. 1483)
  • 1745
    François-Marie, 1st duc de Broglie, French military leader (b. 1671)
  • 1746
    Thomas Southerne, Irish dramatist (b. 1660)
  • 1772
    Durastante Natalucci, Italian historian (b. 1687)
  • 1910
    Jules Renard, French author (b. 1864)
  • 1966
    Tom Goddard, English cricketer (b. 1900)
  • 1990
    Rocky Graziano, American boxer (b. 1922)
  • 1997
    Alfred Hershey, American biochemist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1908)
  • 1997
    Renzo Montagnani, Italian actor (b. 1930)
  • 2006
    Lee Jong-wook, Korean Director-General of the World Health Organisation (b. 1945)

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