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, 24,397,920 minutes 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.
  • 1254
    Serbian King Stephen Uroš I and the Republic of Venice sign a peace treaty.
  • 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
  • 1915
    Three trains collide in the Quintinshill rail crash near Gretna Green, Scotland, killing 227 people and injuring 246; the accident is found to be the result of non-standard operating practices during a shift change at a busy junction.
  • 1936
    Aer Lingus (Aer Loingeas) is founded by the Irish government as the national airline of the Republic of Ireland.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 2002
    In Washington, D.C., the remains of the missing Chandra Levy are found in Rock Creek Park.

Who were born on May 22?

  • 1715
    François-Joachim de Pierre de Bernis, French cardinal and statesman (d. 1794)
  • 1904
    Paul Viiding, Estonian poet (d. 1962)
  • 1904
    Pyotr Sobolevsky, Soviet actor (d. 1977)
  • 1908
    Horton Smith. American golfer (d. 1963)
  • 1914
    Edward Arthur Thompson, British historian (d. 1994)
  • 1943
    Tommy John, American baseball player
  • 1946
    Howard Kendall, English footballer and football manager
  • 1965
    Fanis Christodoulou, Greek basketball player
  • 1974
    Sean Gunn, American actor
  • 1980
    Rhett Fisher, American actor and musician

Who died on May 22?

  • 1068
    Emperor Go-Reizei of Japan (b. 1025)
  • 1666
    Gaspar Schott, German scientist (b. 1608)
  • 1851
    Mordecai Manuel Noah, American writer, journalist (b. 1755)
  • 1861
    Thornsbury Bailey Brown, first Union soldier to be killed by a Confederate soldier in the American Civil War (b. 1829)
  • 1885
    Victor Hugo, French author (b. 1802)
  • 1965
    Christopher Stone, first disc jockey in the United Kingdom (b. 1882)
  • 1975
    Lefty Grove, American baseball player (b. 1900)
  • 1985
    Wolfgang Reitherman, German-American Disney animator, director and producer (b. 1909)
  • 1997
    Alfred Hershey, American biochemist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1908)
  • 1997
    Renzo Montagnani, Italian actor (b. 1930)

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