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 143rd day of the year 2024 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 223 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Wednesday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is May 9, 2024 – a Wednesday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 476,760 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 ‘hectatetracontatrigon’ day.

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 252 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 4,170 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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May 22 Historical Events

  • 1762
    Sweden and Prussia sign the Treaty of Hamburg.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1939
    World War II: Germany and Italy sign the Pact of Steel.
  • 1962
    Continental Airlines Flight 11 crashes after bombs explode on board.
  • 1967
    The L'Innovation department store in the centre of Brussels, Belgium, burns down. It is the most devastating fire in Belgian history, resulting in 323 dead and missing and 150 injured.
  • 1990
    Microsoft releases the Windows 3.0 operating system.
  • 1990
    North and South Yemen are unified to create the Republic of Yemen.
  • 2008
    The Late-May 2008 tornado outbreak sequence unleashes 235 tornadoes, including an EF4 and an EF5 tornado, between May 22 and May 31, 2008. The tornadoes struck 19 states and one Canadian province.

Who were born on May 22?

  • 1859
    Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Scottish physician and writer (d. 1930)
  • 1901
    Maurice J. Tobin, 56th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1953)
  • 1907
    Hergé, Belgian comic-book creator (d. 1983)
  • 1917
    Georg Tintner, Austrian-born conductor (d. 1999)
  • 1966
    Kenny Hickey, American guitarist (Type O Negative)
  • 1966
    Scott Putski, Former American professional Wrestler.
  • 1973
    Danny Tiatto, Australian footballer
  • 1974
    John Bale, American baseball player
  • 1985
    Graham Harrell, American football player
  • 1987
    Arturo Vidal, Chilean footballer

Who died on May 22?

  • 1455
    Edmund Beaufort, 2nd Duke of Somerset, English commander (b. 1406)
  • 1455
    Henry Percy, 2nd Earl of Northumberland, English politician
  • 1868
    Julius Plücker, German mathematician and physicist (b. 1801)
  • 1965
    Christopher Stone, first disc jockey in the United Kingdom (b. 1882)
  • 1967
    Langston Hughes, American writer (b. 1902)
  • 1989
    Steven DeGroote, South African classical pianist (b. 1953)
  • 1990
    Rocky Graziano, American boxer (b. 1922)
  • 1997
    Renzo Montagnani, Italian actor (b. 1930)
  • 2004
    Richard Biggs, American actor (b. 1960)
  • 2005
    Charilaos Florakis, Greek politician, long-time General Secretary of the Communist Party of Greece (b. 1914)

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