About May 22

May 22, 2022 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.

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Gemini is the sun 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.

What Happened On 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
  • 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.
  • 1840
    The transporting of British convicts to the New South Wales colony is abolished.
  • 1897
    The Blackwall Tunnel under the River Thames is officially opened
  • 1903
    Launch of the White Star Liner, SS Ionic.
  • 1939
    World War II: Germany and Italy sign the Pact of Steel.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1969
    Apollo 10's lunar module flies within 8.4 nautical miles (16 km) of the moon’s surface.
  • 1987
    First ever Rugby World Cup kicks off with New Zealand playing Italy at Eden Park, Auckland.
  • 1990
    Microsoft releases the Windows 3.0 operating system.
  • 1990
    North and South Yemen are unified to create the Republic of Yemen.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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