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 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.
  • 1377
    Pope Gregory XI issues five papal bulls to denounce the doctrines of English theologian John Wycliffe.
  • 1819
    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.
  • 1863
    American Civil War: Siege of Port Hudson – Union forces begin to lay siege to the Confederate-controlled Port Hudson, Louisiana.
  • 1871
    The U.S. Army issued an order for abandonment of Fort Kearny in Nebraska.
  • 1903
    Launch of the White Star Liner, SS Ionic.
  • 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.
  • 1942
    The Steel Workers Organizing Committee disbands, and a new trade union, the United Steelworkers, is formed.
  • 1964
    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.
  • 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?

  • 1724
    Marc-Joseph Marion du Fresne, French explorer (d. 1772)
  • 1772
    Ram Mohan Roy, Hindu reformer (d. 1833)
  • 1879
    Alla Nazimova, Ukrainian-born actress, scriptwriter, and producer (d. 1945)
  • 1908
    Rattana Pestonji, Thai filmmaker (d. 1970)
  • 1914
    Vance Packard, American author (d. 1996)
  • 1958
    Denise Welch, English actress and presenter
  • 1968
    Randy Brown, American basketball player
  • 1970
    Paddy Atkinson, English footballer and assistant manager
  • 1975
    Salva Ballesta, Spanish footballer
  • 1981
    Melissa Gregory, American figure skater

Who died on May 22?

  • 985
    Saint Bobo of Provence
  • 1455
    Edmund Beaufort, 2nd Duke of Somerset, English commander (b. 1406)
  • 1745
    François-Marie, 1st duc de Broglie, French military leader (b. 1671)
  • 1851
    Mordecai Manuel Noah, American writer, journalist (b. 1755)
  • 1859
    King Ferdinand II of the Two Sicilies (b. 1810)
  • 1989
    Steven DeGroote, South African classical pianist (b. 1953)
  • 1990
    Rocky Graziano, American boxer (b. 1922)
  • 1992
    Zellig Harris, American linguist (b. 1909)
  • 1997
    Renzo Montagnani, Italian actor (b. 1930)
  • 2006
    Lee Jong-wook, Korean Director-General of the World Health Organisation (b. 1945)

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