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

  • 334 BC
    The Macedonian army of Alexander the Great defeats Darius III of Persia in the Battle of the Granicus.
  • 1377
    Pope Gregory XI issues five papal bulls to denounce the doctrines of English theologian John Wycliffe.
  • 1826
    HMS Beagle departs on its first voyage.
  • 1863
    American Civil War: Siege of Port Hudson – Union forces begin to lay siege to the Confederate-controlled Port Hudson, Louisiana.
  • 1906
    The Wright brothers are granted U.S. patent number 821,393 for their “Flying-Machine”.
  • 1939
    World War II: Germany and Italy sign the Pact of Steel.
  • 1942
    Mexico enters World War II on the side of the Allies.
  • 1962
    Continental Airlines Flight 11 crashes after bombs explode on board.
  • 1998
    Lewinsky scandal: a federal judge rules that United States Secret Service agents can be compelled to testify before a grand jury concerning the scandal, involving President Bill Clinton.
  • 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?

  • 1622
    Louis de Buade de Frontenac, French governor of New France (d. 1698)
  • 1849
    Louis Perrier, Swiss politician (d. 1913)
  • 1934
    Peter Nero, American musician
  • 1941
    Paul Winfield, American actor (d. 2004)
  • 1944
    Vaiko, Indian politician
  • 1948
    Richard Baker, American politician
  • 1953
    Doris Barnett, German politician
  • 1973
    Julián Tavárez, Dominican baseball player
  • 1986
    Luca Gentili, Italian footballer
  • 1993
    Ben Lewis, English photographer

Who died on May 22?

  • 192
    Dong Zhuo, Chancellor of Han (slain by his adoptive son Lü Bu) (b. 138)
  • 985
    Saint Bobo of Provence
  • 1772
    Durastante Natalucci, Italian historian (b. 1687)
  • 1966
    Tom Goddard, English cricketer (b. 1900)
  • 1967
    Langston Hughes, American writer (b. 1902)
  • 1991
    Stan Mortensen, English professional footballer (b. 1921)
  • 1992
    Zellig Harris, American linguist (b. 1909)
  • 2004
    Mikhail Voronin, Russian gymnast (b. 1945)
  • 2004
    Richard Biggs, American actor (b. 1960)
  • 2005
    Julia Randall, American poet (b. 1924)

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