What happened this day in history May 22

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 2022 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, 2022 – a Sunday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 1,653,177,600 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 245 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 3,439 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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May 22 Historical Events

  • 1176
    The Hashshashin (Assassins) attempt to murder Saladin near Aleppo.
  • 1377
    Pope Gregory XI issues five papal bulls to denounce the doctrines of English theologian John Wycliffe.
  • 1762
    Sweden and Prussia sign the Treaty of Hamburg.
  • 1807
    Most of the English town of Chudleigh is destroyed by fire
  • 1816
    A mob in Littleport, Cambridgeshire, England, riots over high unemployment and rising grain costs; the rioting spreads to Ely the next day.
  • 1848
    Slavery is abolished in Martinique.
  • 1897
    The Blackwall Tunnel under the River Thames is officially opened
  • 1942
    The Steel Workers Organizing Committee disbands, and a new trade union, the United Steelworkers, is formed.
  • 1942
    World War II: Ted Williams of the Boston Red Sox enlists in the United States Marine Corps as a flight instructor.
  • 2003
    In Fort Worth, Texas, Annika Sörenstam becomes the first woman to play the PGA Tour in 58 years.

Who were born on May 22?

  • 1808
    Gérard de Nerval, French writer (d. 1855)
  • 1901
    Maurice J. Tobin, 56th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1953)
  • 1925
    James King, American tenor (d. 2005)
  • 1941
    Sir Menzies Campbell, British politician
  • 1950
    Bernie Taupin, English songwriter
  • 1955
    Iva Davies, Australian rock star (Icehouse)
  • 1968
    Graham Linehan, Irish television writer and director (Black Books, The IT Crowd)
  • 1977
    Tom Chambers, British actor
  • 1979
    Maggie Q, American actress
  • 1981
    Melissa Gregory, American figure skater

Who died on May 22?

  • 192
    Dong Zhuo, Chancellor of Han (slain by his adoptive son Lü Bu) (b. 138)
  • 1666
    Gaspar Schott, German scientist (b. 1608)
  • 1667
    Pope Alexander VII (b. 1599)
  • 1861
    Thornsbury Bailey Brown, first Union soldier to be killed by a Confederate soldier in the American Civil War (b. 1829)
  • 1966
    Tom Goddard, English cricketer (b. 1900)
  • 1972
    Cecil Day-Lewis, Irish poet and writer (b. 1904)
  • 1983
    Albert Claude, Belgian biologist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1899)
  • 1998
    José Enrique Moyal, mathematical physicist (b. 1910)
  • 2004
    Mikhail Voronin, Russian gymnast (b. 1945)
  • 2004
    Richard Biggs, American actor (b. 1960)

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