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, 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

  • 853
    A Byzantine fleet sacks and destroys undefended Damietta in Egypt
  • 1377
    Pope Gregory XI issues five papal bulls to denounce the doctrines of English theologian John Wycliffe.
  • 1455
    Wars of the Roses: at the First Battle of St Albans, Richard, Duke of York, defeats and captures King Henry VI of England.
  • 1843
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1942
    World War II: Ted Williams of the Boston Red Sox enlists in the United States Marine Corps as a flight instructor.
  • 1963
    Assassination attempt of Greek left-wing politician Gregoris Lambrakis, who will die five days afterwards.
  • 1987
    Hashimpura massacre in Meerut city of India.

Who were born on May 22?

  • 1724
    Marc-Joseph Marion du Fresne, French explorer (d. 1772)
  • 1911
    Anatol Rapoport, Russian-born mathematical psychologist and pianist (d. 2007)
  • 1917
    Nathan Davis, American actor (d. 2008)
  • 1920
    Thomas Gold, Austrian astrophysicist (d. 2004)
  • 1924
    Charles Aznavour, Armenian-French singer, actor, and composer
  • 1952
    Bernhard Brinkmann, German politician
  • 1955
    Jimmy Lyon, American guitarist (Eddie Money)
  • 1956
    Al Corley, American actor and producer
  • 1958
    Denise Welch, English actress and presenter
  • 1985
    Tranquillo Barnetta, Swiss footballer

Who died on May 22?

  • 337
    Constantine the Great, Roman Emperor (b. 272)
  • 1455
    Henry Percy, 2nd Earl of Northumberland, English politician
  • 1772
    Durastante Natalucci, Italian historian (b. 1687)
  • 1939
    Ernst Toller, German author (b. 1893)
  • 1965
    Christopher Stone, first disc jockey in the United Kingdom (b. 1882)
  • 1983
    Albert Claude, Belgian biologist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1899)
  • 1989
    Steven DeGroote, South African classical pianist (b. 1953)
  • 1997
    Alfred Hershey, American biochemist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1908)
  • 1998
    John Derek, American actor, director and photographer (b. 1926)
  • 2005
    Julia Randall, American poet (b. 1924)

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