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 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 223 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Friday.
Under the Julian calendar, this day is May 9, 2020 – a Friday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?
When this day started, 441,696 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.
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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 266 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 2,709 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.
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May 22 Historical Events
334 BC –
The Macedonian army of Alexander the Great defeats Darius III of Persia in the Battle of the Granicus.
Pope Gregory XI issues five papal bulls to denounce the doctrines of English theologian John Wycliffe.
The SS Savannah leaves port at Savannah, Georgia, United States, on a voyage to become the first steamship to cross the Atlantic Ocean. The ship arrived at Liverpool, England on June 20.
American Civil War: Siege of Port Hudson – Union forces begin to lay siege to the Confederate-controlled Port Hudson, Louisiana.
The U.S. Army issued an order for abandonment of Fort Kearny in Nebraska.
Launch of the White Star Liner, SS Ionic.
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.
The Steel Workers Organizing Committee disbands, and a new trade union, the United Steelworkers, is formed.
U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson announces the goals of his Great Society social reforms to bring an “end to poverty and racial injustice” in America.
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?
Marc-Joseph Marion du Fresne, French explorer (d. 1772)
Ram Mohan Roy, Hindu reformer (d. 1833)
Alla Nazimova, Ukrainian-born actress, scriptwriter, and producer (d. 1945)
Rattana Pestonji, Thai filmmaker (d. 1970)
Vance Packard, American author (d. 1996)
Denise Welch, English actress and presenter
Randy Brown, American basketball player
Paddy Atkinson, English footballer and assistant manager
Salva Ballesta, Spanish footballer
Melissa Gregory, American figure skater
Who died on May 22?
Saint Bobo of Provence
Edmund Beaufort, 2nd Duke of Somerset, English commander (b. 1406)
François-Marie, 1st duc de Broglie, French military leader (b. 1671)
Mordecai Manuel Noah, American writer, journalist (b. 1755)
King Ferdinand II of the Two Sicilies (b. 1810)
Steven DeGroote, South African classical pianist (b. 1953)
Rocky Graziano, American boxer (b. 1922)
Zellig Harris, American linguist (b. 1909)
Renzo Montagnani, Italian actor (b. 1930)
Lee Jong-wook, Korean Director-General of the World Health Organisation (b. 1945)
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