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.
  • 1377
    Pope Gregory XI issues five papal bulls to denounce the doctrines of English theologian John Wycliffe.
  • 1455
    Wars of the Roses: at the First Battle of St Albans, Richard, Duke of York, defeats and captures King Henry VI of England.
  • 1807
    Most of the English town of Chudleigh is destroyed by fire
  • 1844
    Persian Prophet The Báb announces his revelation, founding Bábism. He announces to the world the coming of “He whom God shall make manifest”. He is considered the forerunner of Bahá'u'lláh, the founder of the Bahá'í Faith.
  • 1848
    Slavery is abolished in Martinique.
  • 1906
    The Wright brothers are granted U.S. patent number 821,393 for their “Flying-Machine”.
  • 1942
    Mexico enters World War II on the side of the Allies.
  • 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.
  • 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?

  • 1930
    Harvey Milk, American politician and civil rights activist (d. 1978)
  • 1934
    Peter Nero, American musician
  • 1938
    Susan Strasberg, American actress (d. 1999)
  • 1942
    Barbara Parkins, Canadian actress
  • 1947
    Andreas Gerasimos Michalitsianos, Greek-American astronomer and a NASA astrophysicist (d. 1997)
  • 1951
    Kenneth Bianchi, American serial killer
  • 1961
    Mike Breen, American sportscaster
  • 1974
    A. J. Langer, American actress
  • 1979
    Nadia Khan, Pakistani TV presenter
  • 1984
    Joe Lauzon, American martial artist

Who died on May 22?

  • 192
    Dong Zhuo, Chancellor of Han (slain by his adoptive son Lü Bu) (b. 138)
  • 1455
    Henry Percy, 2nd Earl of Northumberland, English politician
  • 1745
    François-Marie, 1st duc de Broglie, French military leader (b. 1671)
  • 1901
    Gaetano Bresci, Italian-American anarchist (b. 1869)
  • 1972
    Margaret Rutherford, English actress (b. 1892)
  • 1989
    Steven DeGroote, South African classical pianist (b. 1953)
  • 1992
    Zellig Harris, American linguist (b. 1909)
  • 1997
    Renzo Montagnani, Italian actor (b. 1930)
  • 2003
    Ousmane Zongo, Burkinabé shooting victim
  • 2006
    Lee Jong-wook, Korean Director-General of the World Health Organisation (b. 1945)

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