May 22: Day of the Week
May 22, 2020 is the 143rd day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 223 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week is Friday.
If you are trying to learn Spanish then this day of the week in Spanish is viernes.
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Here’s the May calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.
Zodiac & Birthstone
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.
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May 22 Historical Event(s)
- 1807Most of the English town of Chudleigh is destroyed by fire
- 1819The 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.
- 1844Persian 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.
- 1915Three 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.
- 1936Aer Lingus (Aer Loingeas) is founded by the Irish government as the national airline of the Republic of Ireland.
- 1939World War II: Germany and Italy sign the Pact of Steel.
- 1960An 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.
- 1969Apollo 10's lunar module flies within 8.4 nautical miles (16 km) of the moon’s surface.
- 1997Kelly Flinn, US Air Force’s first female bomber pilot certified for combat, accepts a general discharge in order to avoid a court martial.
- 2004The 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.
Who were born on May 22?
- 1783William Sturgeon, English physicist and inventor (d. 1850)
- 1879Warwick Armstrong, Australian cricketer (d. 1947)
- 1914Sun Ra, American musician (d. 1993)
- 1925Jean Tinguely, Swiss artist (d. 1991)
- 1927Michael Constantine, American actor
- 1943Betty Williams, Northern Irish political activist, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize
- 1955Chalmers “Spanky” Alford, American jazz guitarist (d. 2008)
- 1974Sean Gunn, American actor
- 1982Apolo Anton Ohno, American short track speed skater
- 1992Chinami Tokunaga, Japanese singer
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