What happened on May 22? There are more than 271 events that were made this day in history. Here are the important historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

Interesting Facts & Myths About May 22

May 22 In HistoryMay 22 is the 143rd day of the year 2020. There are 223 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Friday. This day falls under the 21st week of the year 2020.

On this day in Charlottesville, Virginia 22909 sunrise occured at 05:57 AM and sunset occured at 08:24 PM (local time).

The zodiac sign of a person born on this day is Gemini. The modern birthstone for this month is Emerald while the mystical birthstone is Sapphire.

According to the Chinese calendar, there are 266 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year (February 12, 2021).

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Historical Events For May 22

  • 334 BC
    The Macedonian army of Alexander the Great defeats Darius III of Persia in the Battle of the Granicus.
  • 853
    A Byzantine fleet sacks and destroys undefended Damietta in Egypt
  • 1176
    The Hashshashin (Assassins) attempt to murder Saladin near Aleppo.
  • 1254
    Serbian King Stephen Uroš I and the Republic of Venice sign a peace treaty.
  • 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.
  • 1762
    Sweden and Prussia sign the Treaty of Hamburg.
  • 1807
    A grand jury indicts former Vice President of the United States Aaron Burr on a charge of treason.
  • 1807
    Most of the English town of Chudleigh is destroyed by fire
  • 1809
    On the second and last day of the Battle of Aspern-Essling (near Vienna), Napoleon is repelled by an enemy army for the first time.
  • 1816
    A mob in Littleport, Cambridgeshire, England, riots over high unemployment and rising grain costs; the rioting spreads to Ely the next day.
  • 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.
  • 1826
    HMS Beagle departs on its first voyage.
  • 1840
    The transporting of British convicts to the New South Wales colony is abolished.
  • 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.
  • 1844
    Persian Prophet The Báb announces his revelation, founding Bábism. He announces to the world the coming of “He whom God shall make manifest”. He is considered the forerunner of Bahá'u'lláh, the founder of the Bahá'í Faith.
  • 1848
    Slavery is abolished in Martinique.
  • 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.
  • 1871
    The U.S. Army issued an order for abandonment of Fort Kearny in Nebraska.
  • 1872
    Reconstruction: U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant signs the Amnesty Act of 1872 into law restoring full civil rights to all but about 500 Confederate sympathizers.
  • 1897
    The Blackwall Tunnel under the River Thames is officially opened
  • 1903
    Launch of the White Star Liner, SS Ionic.
  • 1906
    The Wright brothers are granted U.S. patent number 821,393 for their “Flying-Machine”.
  • 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.
  • 1939
    World War II: Germany and Italy sign the Pact of Steel.
  • 1942
    Mexico enters World War II on the side of the Allies.
  • 1942
    The Steel Workers Organizing Committee disbands, and a new trade union, the United Steelworkers, is formed.
  • 1942
    World War II: Ted Williams of the Boston Red Sox enlists in the United States Marine Corps as a flight instructor.
  • 1947
    Cold War: in an effort to fight the spread of Communism, U.S. President Harry S. Truman signs an act into law that will later be called the Truman Doctrine. The act grants $400 million in military and economic aid to Turkey and Greece, each battling an internal Communist movement.
  • 1958
    Sri Lankan riots of 1958: This riot is a watershed event in the race relationship of the various ethnic communities of Sri Lanka. The total number of deaths is estimated to be 300, mostly Sri Lankan Tamils.
  • 1960
    An earthquake measuring 9.5 on the moment magnitude scale, now known as the Great Chilean Earthquake, hits southern Chile. It is the most powerful earthquake ever recorded.
  • 1962
    Continental Airlines Flight 11 crashes after bombs explode on board.
  • 1963
    Assassination attempt of Greek left-wing politician Gregoris Lambrakis, who will die five days afterwards.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1968
    The nuclear-powered submarine the USS Scorpion sinks with 99 men aboard 400 miles southwest of the Azores.
  • 1969
    Apollo 10's lunar module flies within 8.4 nautical miles (16 km) of the moon’s surface.
  • 1972
    Ceylon adopts a new constitution, thus becoming a Republic, changes its name to Sri Lanka, and joins the Commonwealth of Nations.
  • 1980
    Namco releases the highly influential arcade game Pac-Man.
  • 1987
    First ever Rugby World Cup kicks off with New Zealand playing Italy at Eden Park, Auckland.
  • 1987
    Hashimpura massacre in Meerut city of India.
  • 1990
    Microsoft releases the Windows 3.0 operating system.
  • 1990
    North and South Yemen are unified to create the Republic of Yemen.
  • 1992
    After 30 years, 66-year-old Johnny Carson hosts The Tonight Show for the last time.
  • 1992
    Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Slovenia join the United Nations.
  • 1997
    Kelly Flinn, US Air Force’s first female bomber pilot certified for combat, accepts a general discharge in order to avoid a court martial.
  • 1998
    Lewinsky scandal: a federal judge rules that United States Secret Service agents can be compelled to testify before a grand jury concerning the scandal, involving President Bill Clinton.
  • 2002
    American civil rights movement: a jury in Birmingham, Alabama, convicts former Ku Klux Klan member Bobby Frank Cherry of the 1963 murders of four girls in the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church.
  • 2002
    In Washington, D.C., the remains of the missing Chandra Levy are found in Rock Creek Park.
  • 2003
    In Fort Worth, Texas, Annika Sörenstam becomes the first woman to play the PGA Tour in 58 years.
  • 2004
    The U.S. town of Hallam, Nebraska, is wiped out by a powerful F4 tornado (part of the May 2004 tornado outbreak sequence) that broke a width record at an astounding 2.5 mi wide, which kills one resident.
  • 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.
  • 2010
    Air India Express Flight 812 overshoots the runway and crashes. 158 people are killed.
  • 2011
    An EF5 Tornado strikes the US city of Joplin, Missouri killing up to 161 people. It is the single deadliest US tornado since modern record keeping began in 1950.

Who Were Born On May 22?

  • 1622
    Louis de Buade de Frontenac, French governor of New France (d. 1698)
  • 1715
    François-Joachim de Pierre de Bernis, French cardinal and statesman (d. 1794)
  • 1724
    Marc-Joseph Marion du Fresne, French explorer (d. 1772)
  • 1770
    Princess Elizabeth of the United Kingdom (d. 1840)
  • 1772
    Ram Mohan Roy, Hindu reformer (d. 1833)
  • 1783
    William Sturgeon, English physicist and inventor (d. 1850)
  • 1808
    Gérard de Nerval, French writer (d. 1855)
  • 1813
    Richard Wagner, German composer (d. 1883)
  • 1823
    Isabella Glyn, British actress (d. 1889)
  • 1823
    Solomon Bundy, American politician (d. 1889)
  • 1841
    Catulle Mendès, French poet (d. 1909)
  • 1844
    Mary Cassatt, American artist (d. 1926)
  • 1849
    Louis Perrier, Swiss politician (d. 1913)
  • 1859
    Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Scottish physician and writer (d. 1930)
  • 1874
    Daniel François Malan, Prime Minister of South Africa (d. 1959)
  • 1879
    Alla Nazimova, Ukrainian-born actress, scriptwriter, and producer (d. 1945)
  • 1879
    Warwick Armstrong, Australian cricketer (d. 1947)
  • 1885
    Giacomo Matteotti, Italian politician (d. 1924)
  • 1885
    Toyoda Soemu, Japanese admiral (d. 1957)
  • 1891
    Eddie Edwards, American jazz trombonist (d. 1963)
  • 1900
    Yvonne de Gaulle, widow of Charles de Gaulle (d. 1979)
  • 1901
    Maurice J. Tobin, 56th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1953)
  • 1902
    Al Simmons, American baseball player (d. 1956)
  • 1903
    Yves Rocard, French physicist (d. 1992)
  • 1904
    Paul Viiding, Estonian poet (d. 1962)
  • 1904
    Pyotr Sobolevsky, Soviet actor (d. 1977)
  • 1907
    Hergé, Belgian comic-book creator (d. 1983)
  • 1907
    Sir Laurence Olivier, English stage and screen actor (d. 1989)
  • 1908
    Horton Smith. American golfer (d. 1963)
  • 1908
    Rattana Pestonji, Thai filmmaker (d. 1970)
  • 1910
    Johnny Olson, American game show announcer (d. 1985)
  • 1911
    Anatol Rapoport, Russian-born mathematical psychologist and pianist (d. 2007)
  • 1912
    Herbert C. Brown, English-born chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2004)
  • 1913
    František Jílek, Czech conductor (d. 1993)
  • 1914
    Edward Arthur Thompson, British historian (d. 1994)
  • 1914
    Sun Ra, American musician (d. 1993)
  • 1914
    Vance Packard, American author (d. 1996)
  • 1917
    Daniel Nagrin, American modern dancer and choreographer (d. 2008)
  • 1917
    Georg Tintner, Austrian-born conductor (d. 1999)
  • 1917
    Nathan Davis, American actor (d. 2008)
  • 1920
    Thomas Gold, Austrian astrophysicist (d. 2004)
  • 1922
    Quinn Martin, American television producer (d. 1987)
  • 1924
    Charles Aznavour, Armenian-French singer, actor, and composer
  • 1925
    James King, American tenor (d. 2005)
  • 1925
    Jean Tinguely, Swiss artist (d. 1991)
  • 1926
    Peter Wilson, English Polymath (d. 2009)
  • 1927
    George Andrew Olah, Hungarian-born chemist, Nobel laureate
  • 1927
    Michael Constantine, American actor
  • 1927
    Phil Tucker, American director (d. 1985)
  • 1928
    T. Boone Pickens, Jr., American businessman
  • 1930
    Harvey Milk, American politician and civil rights activist (d. 1978)
  • 1930
    Kenny Ball, British musician
  • 1932
    Merry Anders, American actress
  • 1934
    Arne Harris, American television sports director (d. 2001)
  • 1934
    Peter Nero, American musician
  • 1935
    Ron Piché, Canadian baseball player
  • 1936
    M. Scott Peck, American psychiatrist and writer (d. 2005)
  • 1938
    Frank Converse, American actor
  • 1938
    Richard Benjamin, American actor
  • 1938
    Susan Strasberg, American actress (d. 1999)
  • 1940
    Bernard Shaw, American television journalist
  • 1940
    Michael Sarrazin, Canadian actor (d. 2011)
  • 1941
    Martha Langbein, German athlete
  • 1941
    Paul Winfield, American actor (d. 2004)
  • 1941
    Sir Menzies Campbell, British politician
  • 1942
    Barbara Parkins, Canadian actress
  • 1942
    Calvin Simon, American musician (P Funk)
  • 1942
    Ted Kaczynski. American terrorist, known as the Unabomber
  • 1943
    Betty Williams, Northern Irish political activist, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize
  • 1943
    Gesine Schwan, German politician and science professor
  • 1943
    Tommy John, American baseball player
  • 1944
    Vaiko, Indian politician
  • 1946
    George Best, Northern Irish footballer (d. 2005)
  • 1946
    Howard Kendall, English footballer and football manager
  • 1947
    Andreas Gerasimos Michalitsianos, Greek-American astronomer and a NASA astrophysicist (d. 1997)
  • 1948
    Richard Baker, American politician
  • 1950
    Alekos Alavanos, Greek politician
  • 1950
    Bernie Taupin, English songwriter
  • 1951
    Kenneth Bianchi, American serial killer
  • 1952
    Bernhard Brinkmann, German politician
  • 1953
    Cha Bum-Kun, Korean footballer
  • 1953
    Doris Barnett, German politician
  • 1953
    Paul Mariner, English footballer & football manager
  • 1955
    Chalmers “Spanky” Alford, American jazz guitarist (d. 2008)
  • 1955
    Dale Winton, British radio DJ and television presenter
  • 1955
    Iva Davies, Australian rock star (Icehouse)
  • 1955
    Jerry Dammers, English musician (The Specials)
  • 1955
    Jimmy Lyon, American guitarist (Eddie Money)
  • 1956
    Al Corley, American actor and producer
  • 1956
    Natasha Shneider, Russian-born musician (d. 2008)
  • 1957
    Gary Sweet, Australian actor
  • 1957
    Lisa Murkowski, American politician
  • 1958
    Denise Welch, English actress and presenter
  • 1959
    Steven Morrissey, English singer
  • 1960
    Hideaki Anno, Japanese director
  • 1961
    Ann Cusack, American actress
  • 1961
    Mike Breen, American sportscaster
  • 1962
    Brian Pillman, American professional wrestler (d. 1997)
  • 1964
    Mark Christopher Lawrence, American Actor & Standup Comedian
  • 1965
    Fanis Christodoulou, Greek basketball player
  • 1966
    Jose Mesa, Dominican baseball player
  • 1966
    Kenny Hickey, American guitarist (Type O Negative)
  • 1966
    Scott Putski, Former American professional Wrestler.
  • 1967
    Brooke Smith, American actress
  • 1967
    John Vanderslice, American musician
  • 1968
    Graham Linehan, Irish television writer and director (Black Books, The IT Crowd)
  • 1968
    Kevin Carolan, American actor and comedian
  • 1968
    Randy Brown, American basketball player
  • 1969
    Michael Joseph Kelly, American Actor
  • 1970
    Naomi Campbell, British model and actress
  • 1970
    Paddy Atkinson, English footballer and assistant manager
  • 1970
    Pedro Diniz, Brazilian Formula One driver
  • 1971
    Manuel Ortiz, Mexican professional wrestler
  • 1971
    Raimund Marasigan,Filipino Musician
  • 1972
    Alison Eastwood, American actress and model
  • 1972
    Anna Belknap, American actress
  • 1972
    Riley Dobi Noel, American convicted murderer (d. 2004)
  • 1973
    Danny Tiatto, Australian footballer
  • 1973
    Julián Tavárez, Dominican baseball player
  • 1973
    Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Danish actor
  • 1974
    A. J. Langer, American actress
  • 1974
    Graham Fenton, English footballer
  • 1974
    John Bale, American baseball player
  • 1974
    Sean Gunn, American actor
  • 1975
    Janne Niinimaa, Finnish ice-hockey player
  • 1975
    Salva Ballesta, Spanish footballer
  • 1975
    Tracy Brookshaw, American professional wrestler and valet
  • 1976
    Daniel Erlandsson, drummer of Swedish death metal band Arch Enemy
  • 1977
    Alastair Ralphs, Canadian professional wrestler
  • 1977
    Dre Bly, American football player
  • 1977
    Seán Óg Ó hAilpín, Irish hurler
  • 1977
    Tom Chambers, British actor
  • 1977
    Vinnie Potestivo, American TV producer
  • 1978
    Ginnifer Goodwin, American actress
  • 1978
    Katie Price, British model and reality TV personality
  • 1979
    Maggie Q, American actress
  • 1979
    Nadia Khan, Pakistani TV presenter
  • 1980
    Chad Tracy, American baseball player
  • 1980
    Lucy Gordon, British model and actress (d. 2009)
  • 1980
    Rhett Fisher, American actor and musician
  • 1980
    Steven Baker, Australian Australian rules footballer
  • 1981
    Bryan Danielson, American professional wrestler
  • 1981
    Jürgen Melzer, Austrian tennis player
  • 1981
    Melissa Gregory, American figure skater
  • 1982
    Alex Smith, American football player
  • 1982
    Apolo Anton Ohno, American short track speed skater
  • 1982
    Erin McNaught, Australian beauty paegent and TV presenter
  • 1983
    John Hopkins, American motorcycling racer
  • 1984
    Joe Lauzon, American martial artist
  • 1985
    CariDee English, American model
  • 1985
    Chrissie Chau, Hong Kong model
  • 1985
    Graham Harrell, American football player
  • 1985
    Marc-Antoine Pouliot, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1985
    Mauro Boselli, Argentine Footballer
  • 1985
    Tranquillo Barnetta, Swiss footballer
  • 1986
    Luca Gentili, Italian footballer
  • 1986
    Matt Jarvis, English footballer
  • 1987
    Arturo Vidal, Chilean footballer
  • 1987
    Novak Djokovic, Serbian tennis player
  • 1988
    Pape M'Bow, Senegalese footballer
  • 1992
    Chinami Tokunaga, Japanese singer
  • 1993
    Ben Lewis, English photographer

Who Died On May 22?

  • 192
    Dong Zhuo, Chancellor of Han (slain by his adoptive son Lü Bu) (b. 138)
  • 337
    Constantine the Great, Roman Emperor (b. 272)
  • 748
    Empress Genshō of Japan (b. 680)
  • 985
    Saint Bobo of Provence
  • 1068
    Emperor Go-Reizei of Japan (b. 1025)
  • 1455
    Edmund Beaufort, 2nd Duke of Somerset, English commander (b. 1406)
  • 1455
    Henry Percy, 2nd Earl of Northumberland, English politician
  • 1457
    Saint Rita of Cascia, Italian saint (b. 1381)
  • 1538
    John Forrest, English Franciscan friar (b. 1471)
  • 1540
    Francesco Guicciardini, Italian historian (b. 1483)
  • 1666
    Gaspar Schott, German scientist (b. 1608)
  • 1667
    Pope Alexander VII (b. 1599)
  • 1745
    François-Marie, 1st duc de Broglie, French military leader (b. 1671)
  • 1746
    Thomas Southerne, Irish dramatist (b. 1660)
  • 1760
    Israel ben Eliezer, Polish-born mystical rabbi (b. 1700)
  • 1772
    Durastante Natalucci, Italian historian (b. 1687)
  • 1795
    Ewald Friedrich, Count von Hertzberg, Prussian statesman (b. 1725)
  • 1851
    Mordecai Manuel Noah, American writer, journalist (b. 1755)
  • 1859
    King Ferdinand II of the Two Sicilies (b. 1810)
  • 1861
    Thornsbury Bailey Brown, first Union soldier to be killed by a Confederate soldier in the American Civil War (b. 1829)
  • 1868
    Julius Plücker, German mathematician and physicist (b. 1801)
  • 1885
    Victor Hugo, French author (b. 1802)
  • 1901
    Gaetano Bresci, Italian-American anarchist (b. 1869)
  • 1910
    Jules Renard, French author (b. 1864)
  • 1932
    Lady Gregory, Irish playwright (b. 1852)
  • 1939
    Ernst Toller, German author (b. 1893)
  • 1939
    Jiri Mahen, Czech author (b. 1882)
  • 1965
    Christopher Stone, first disc jockey in the United Kingdom (b. 1882)
  • 1966
    Tom Goddard, English cricketer (b. 1900)
  • 1967
    Langston Hughes, American writer (b. 1902)
  • 1972
    Cecil Day-Lewis, Irish poet and writer (b. 1904)
  • 1972
    Margaret Rutherford, English actress (b. 1892)
  • 1975
    Lefty Grove, American baseball player (b. 1900)
  • 1983
    Albert Claude, Belgian biologist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1899)
  • 1985
    Wolfgang Reitherman, German-American Disney animator, director and producer (b. 1909)
  • 1988
    Giorgio Almirante, Italian politician (b. 1914)
  • 1989
    Steven DeGroote, South African classical pianist (b. 1953)
  • 1990
    Rocky Graziano, American boxer (b. 1922)
  • 1991
    Stan Mortensen, English professional footballer (b. 1921)
  • 1992
    Zellig Harris, American linguist (b. 1909)
  • 1997
    Alfred Hershey, American biochemist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1908)
  • 1997
    Renzo Montagnani, Italian actor (b. 1930)
  • 1998
    John Derek, American actor, director and photographer (b. 1926)
  • 1998
    José Enrique Moyal, mathematical physicist (b. 1910)
  • 2003
    Ousmane Zongo, Burkinabé shooting victim
  • 2004
    Mikhail Voronin, Russian gymnast (b. 1945)
  • 2004
    Richard Biggs, American actor (b. 1960)
  • 2005
    Charilaos Florakis, Greek politician, long-time General Secretary of the Communist Party of Greece (b. 1914)
  • 2005
    Julia Randall, American poet (b. 1924)
  • 2005
    Thurl Ravenscroft, American voice actor and singer (b. 1914)
  • 2006
    Heather Crowe, Canadian activist (b. 1945)
  • 2006
    Lee Jong-wook, Korean Director-General of the World Health Organisation (b. 1945)
  • 2008
    Robert Asprin, American author (b. 1946)

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