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

  • 1176
    The Hashshashin (Assassins) attempt to murder Saladin near Aleppo.
  • 1762
    Sweden and Prussia sign the Treaty of Hamburg.
  • 1819
    The SS Savannah leaves port at Savannah, Georgia, United States, on a voyage to become the first steamship to cross the Atlantic Ocean. The ship arrived at Liverpool, England on June 20.
  • 1840
    The transporting of British convicts to the New South Wales colony is abolished.
  • 1848
    Slavery is abolished in Martinique.
  • 1939
    World War II: Germany and Italy sign the Pact of Steel.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1992
    After 30 years, 66-year-old Johnny Carson hosts The Tonight Show for the last time.

Who were born on May 22?

  • 1849
    Louis Perrier, Swiss politician (d. 1913)
  • 1930
    Harvey Milk, American politician and civil rights activist (d. 1978)
  • 1942
    Ted Kaczynski. American terrorist, known as the Unabomber
  • 1950
    Bernie Taupin, English songwriter
  • 1960
    Hideaki Anno, Japanese director
  • 1967
    Brooke Smith, American actress
  • 1975
    Salva Ballesta, Spanish footballer
  • 1977
    Seán Óg Ó hAilpín, Irish hurler
  • 1984
    Joe Lauzon, American martial artist
  • 1992
    Chinami Tokunaga, Japanese singer

Who died on May 22?

  • 985
    Saint Bobo of Provence
  • 1540
    Francesco Guicciardini, Italian historian (b. 1483)
  • 1667
    Pope Alexander VII (b. 1599)
  • 1772
    Durastante Natalucci, Italian historian (b. 1687)
  • 1859
    King Ferdinand II of the Two Sicilies (b. 1810)
  • 1868
    Julius Plücker, German mathematician and physicist (b. 1801)
  • 1939
    Jiri Mahen, Czech author (b. 1882)
  • 1967
    Langston Hughes, American writer (b. 1902)
  • 1975
    Lefty Grove, American baseball player (b. 1900)
  • 2003
    Ousmane Zongo, Burkinabé shooting victim

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