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, 27,552,960 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 ‘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
A Byzantine fleet sacks and destroys undefended Damietta in Egypt
Pope Gregory XI issues five papal bulls to denounce the doctrines of English theologian John Wycliffe.
Wars of the Roses: at the First Battle of St Albans, Richard, Duke of York, defeats and captures King Henry VI of England.
Thousands of people and their cattle head west via wagon train from Independence, Missouri to what would later become the Oregon Territory. It is part of the Great Migration. They follow what is now known as the Oregon Trail.
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.
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.
Aer Lingus (Aer Loingeas) is founded by the Irish government as the national airline of the Republic of Ireland.
World War II: Ted Williams of the Boston Red Sox enlists in the United States Marine Corps as a flight instructor.
Assassination attempt of Greek left-wing politician Gregoris Lambrakis, who will die five days afterwards.
Hashimpura massacre in Meerut city of India.
Who were born on May 22?
Marc-Joseph Marion du Fresne, French explorer (d. 1772)
Anatol Rapoport, Russian-born mathematical psychologist and pianist (d. 2007)
Nathan Davis, American actor (d. 2008)
Thomas Gold, Austrian astrophysicist (d. 2004)
Charles Aznavour, Armenian-French singer, actor, and composer
Bernhard Brinkmann, German politician
Jimmy Lyon, American guitarist (Eddie Money)
Al Corley, American actor and producer
Denise Welch, English actress and presenter
Tranquillo Barnetta, Swiss footballer
Who died on May 22?
Constantine the Great, Roman Emperor (b. 272)
Henry Percy, 2nd Earl of Northumberland, English politician
Durastante Natalucci, Italian historian (b. 1687)
Ernst Toller, German author (b. 1893)
Christopher Stone, first disc jockey in the United Kingdom (b. 1882)
Albert Claude, Belgian biologist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1899)
Steven DeGroote, South African classical pianist (b. 1953)
Alfred Hershey, American biochemist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1908)
John Derek, American actor, director and photographer (b. 1926)
Julia Randall, American poet (b. 1924)
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