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, 1,495,411,200 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 ‘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

  • 1807
    A grand jury indicts former Vice President of the United States Aaron Burr on a charge of treason.
  • 1826
    HMS Beagle departs on its first voyage.
  • 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
    Mexico enters World War II on the side of the Allies.
  • 1942
    The Steel Workers Organizing Committee disbands, and a new trade union, the United Steelworkers, is formed.
  • 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.
  • 1958
    Sri Lankan riots of 1958: This riot is a watershed event in the race relationship of the various ethnic communities of Sri Lanka. The total number of deaths is estimated to be 300, mostly Sri Lankan Tamils.
  • 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.
  • 1992
    After 30 years, 66-year-old Johnny Carson hosts The Tonight Show for the last time.
  • 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.

Who were born on May 22?

  • 1808
    Gérard de Nerval, French writer (d. 1855)
  • 1879
    Alla Nazimova, Ukrainian-born actress, scriptwriter, and producer (d. 1945)
  • 1917
    Georg Tintner, Austrian-born conductor (d. 1999)
  • 1934
    Peter Nero, American musician
  • 1940
    Michael Sarrazin, Canadian actor (d. 2011)
  • 1941
    Sir Menzies Campbell, British politician
  • 1953
    Doris Barnett, German politician
  • 1969
    Michael Joseph Kelly, American Actor
  • 1975
    Salva Ballesta, Spanish footballer
  • 1976
    Daniel Erlandsson, drummer of Swedish death metal band Arch Enemy

Who died on May 22?

  • 748
    Empress Genshō of Japan (b. 680)
  • 1538
    John Forrest, English Franciscan friar (b. 1471)
  • 1795
    Ewald Friedrich, Count von Hertzberg, Prussian statesman (b. 1725)
  • 1868
    Julius Plücker, German mathematician and physicist (b. 1801)
  • 1965
    Christopher Stone, first disc jockey in the United Kingdom (b. 1882)
  • 1966
    Tom Goddard, English cricketer (b. 1900)
  • 1967
    Langston Hughes, American writer (b. 1902)
  • 1989
    Steven DeGroote, South African classical pianist (b. 1953)
  • 2003
    Ousmane Zongo, Burkinabé shooting victim
  • 2006
    Heather Crowe, Canadian activist (b. 1945)

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