22 MAY
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • William II, Prince of Orange, 1626
  • Richard Wagner, 1813
  • Mary Cassatt, 1844
  • Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, 1859
  • Tarzan (fiction), 1888
  • Lord Laurence Olivier, 1907
  • Vance Packard, 1914
  • Irene Pappas, 1919
  • Charles Aznavour, 1924
  • T. Boone Pickens, 1928
  • Robert Byrne, 1930
  • Susan Strasberg, 1938
  • Richard Benjamin, 1938
  • Paul Winfield, 1941
  • George Best, 1946
  • Bernie Taupin, 1950
  • Morrissey, 1959
  • Naomi Campbell, 1970

Died On This Day:

  • Constantine the Great, AD 337
  • Martha Washington, 1802
  • Victor Hugo, 1885
  • Jules Renard, 1910
  • James Forrestal, 1949
  • Langston Hughes, 1967
  • Joseph Wood Krutch, 1970
  • Cecil Day-Lewis, 1972
  • Dame Margaret Rutherford, 1972
  • Rocky Graziano, 1990
  • Elizabeth David, 1992
  • John Derek, 1998
  • Philip Roth, 2018

Today's Events:

  • 334 BC - Alexander the Great beats Persian King Darius III at Granicus, Turkey.
  • 1216 - Louis VIII of France invades England.
  • 1455 - Triumph of Richard, Duke of York over Somerset in first Battle of St. Albans. War of the Roses.
  • 1849 - Abraham Lincoln receives patent on device to buoy vessels over shoals with inflatable cylinders.
  • 1861 - Confederate States of America open Patent Office in Mississippi with Rufus Rhodes as Commissioner.
  • 1891 - Thomas Edison shows first movie - a kinetoscope really invented by employee Wm. Dickson.
  • 1892 - Dr. Sheffield invents the toothpaste tube (according to the Old Farmer's Almanac).
  • 1906 - Orville and Wilbur Wright receive patent on their airplane. Patent no. 821,393 for 'flying machines.'
  • 1922 - Canned rattlesnake meat first marketed in America.
  • 1939 - Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini sign Italo-German alliance, "the Pact of Steel," in Berlin.
  • 1960 - Largest ever earthquake, magnitude 9.5, in Valdivia, Southern Chile sparks Pacific-wide tsunami affecting New Zealand, Hawaii and Japan.
  • 1967 - International Herald Tribune with NY Times and Washington Post content first published in Paris.
  • 1972 - Richard Nixon becomes first U.S. President to visit Moscow.
  • 1972 - Ceylon renamed Sri Lanka as it becomes a republic.
  • 1987 - $4,394,500 paid for a Mozart manuscript of nine symphonies at Sotheby's, London.
  • 1992 - After thirty years, Johnny Carson leaves NBC's 'The Tonight Show;' Jay Leno replaces him 5/25.
  • 2015 - Ireland becomes the first country in the world to legalise same-sex marriage through a popular vote.

Feast Day of Saint:

  • Rita of Cascia

Holiday:

  • Slavery Abolition Day in French West Indies
  • National Heroes Day in Sri Lanka
  • National Maritime Day in U.S.

Non-Specific Holiday:

  • VESAK (Commemoration of birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha) celebrated Southeast Asia.
  • MOTHER'S DAY (U.S.), second Sunday in May
  • FESTIVAL OF JOAN OF ARC in France, second Sunday in May
  • MEMORIAL DAY (U.S.), Last Monday in May
  • PROCESSION OF THE HOLY BLOOD in Belgium on first Monday after May 2.
  • TANO FESTIVAL (Korea) on 5th day of 5th lunar month.
  • TUAN WU CHIEH or Dragon Boat Festival (China) 5th day of 5th lunar month.
  • ASCENSION DAY (Christian) 40th day after Easter.
  • PENTACOST (Christian) or Whitsunday (Anglican) 50 days after Easter.
  • TRINITY SUNDAY (Christian), Sunday after Pentecost.
  • CORPUS CHRISTI (Christian), Thursday after Trinity Sunday.
  • I'D AL-HAJJ, Muslim Festival
  • ARANYA SHASHTI, Hindu Festival honoring god of the forest
  • BUDDHA PURNIMA, Hindu Festival, celebrated early May
  • GANGA DASSHERA, Hindu Festival, celebrated end of May
  • ARMED FORCES DAY in US - third Saturday in May
  • NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER in US - first Thursday in May
  • NATIONAL DEFENSE TRANSPORTATION DAY - third Friday in May in US
  • NATIONAL TEACHER'S DAY - Tuesday in the first full week in May in US
  • VICTORIA DAY - first Monday before May 25, celebrating Queen Victoria's birthday in Canada
  • WESAK FESTIVAL celebrated in the eastern hemisphere at the Taurus full moon, beginning of May
  • GOODWILL FESTIVAL celebrated at the Gemini full moon, end of May

 

 
   
 
 
 
 
 
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