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, 415,392 hours 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

  • 853
    A Byzantine fleet sacks and destroys undefended Damietta in Egypt
  • 1807
    A grand jury indicts former Vice President of the United States Aaron Burr on a charge of treason.
  • 1840
    The transporting of British convicts to the New South Wales colony is abolished.
  • 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
  • 1942
    World War II: Ted Williams of the Boston Red Sox enlists in the United States Marine Corps as a flight instructor.
  • 1962
    Continental Airlines Flight 11 crashes after bombs explode on board.
  • 1969
    Apollo 10's lunar module flies within 8.4 nautical miles (16 km) of the moon’s surface.
  • 1990
    Microsoft releases the Windows 3.0 operating system.
  • 2004
    The U.S. town of Hallam, Nebraska, is wiped out by a powerful F4 tornado (part of the May 2004 tornado outbreak sequence) that broke a width record at an astounding 2.5 mi wide, which kills one resident.

Who were born on May 22?

  • 1622
    Louis de Buade de Frontenac, French governor of New France (d. 1698)
  • 1902
    Al Simmons, American baseball player (d. 1956)
  • 1913
    František Jílek, Czech conductor (d. 1993)
  • 1927
    Michael Constantine, American actor
  • 1935
    Ron Piché, Canadian baseball player
  • 1955
    Jimmy Lyon, American guitarist (Eddie Money)
  • 1957
    Lisa Murkowski, American politician
  • 1958
    Denise Welch, English actress and presenter
  • 1977
    Vinnie Potestivo, American TV producer
  • 1980
    Lucy Gordon, British model and actress (d. 2009)

Who died on May 22?

  • 1745
    François-Marie, 1st duc de Broglie, French military leader (b. 1671)
  • 1746
    Thomas Southerne, Irish dramatist (b. 1660)
  • 1861
    Thornsbury Bailey Brown, first Union soldier to be killed by a Confederate soldier in the American Civil War (b. 1829)
  • 1868
    Julius Plücker, German mathematician and physicist (b. 1801)
  • 1972
    Margaret Rutherford, English actress (b. 1892)
  • 1988
    Giorgio Almirante, Italian politician (b. 1914)
  • 1989
    Steven DeGroote, South African classical pianist (b. 1953)
  • 2004
    Mikhail Voronin, Russian gymnast (b. 1945)
  • 2005
    Thurl Ravenscroft, American voice actor and singer (b. 1914)
  • 2006
    Lee Jong-wook, Korean Director-General of the World Health Organisation (b. 1945)

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