2021 May

May 22: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Facts & Historic Events That Happened on May 22

May 22nd is Harvey Milk Day and Goth Day.

Welcome to day 142 of 365! We’re still 223 days away from celebrating the new year, but we’ve gotta look forward to something right?

For those of you who were born on May 22, your zodiac sign is Taurus.

There were so many incredible events that all fell on May 22 throughout history, from crime and politics to inventions and more! Check out all the events that make this day so special.

Did you know that on this day in 1906, the Wright Brothers were granted a patent for their “flying machine”? Their first application was rejected and overall the process took 3 years.

Keep reading for more interesting facts about May 22nd in history!

What Happened On May 22 In History?

2015

Hollywood superstar Dwayne Johnson set a Guinness World Record for the Most selfies taken in three minutes.

Dwayne captured 105 selfies on the red carpet at the world premiere of his new film San Andreas.
1995

Two new moons of Saturn were found in photos from the Hubble Space Telescope by Astronomers Amanda S. Bosh and Andrew S. Rivkin.

1942

Mexico declared war on Nazi-Germany and Japan.

1939

The “Pact of Steel” was signed, an agreement between Fascist Italy and Nazi Germany.

1906

The Wright Brothers were granted a patent for their “flying machine,” after they applied for one 3 years earlier.

1903

The White Star Liner SS Ionic was launched at the Queen’s Island in Belfast.

1883

When Cubs’ player Billy Sunday played his first game, he struck out four times.

He played three more games before he got a hit.
1863

The Reno Gang robbed its fourth train.

The gang boarded the train while it was stopped, and uncoupled the passenger cars. They broke open the safe, netting about $96,000 dollars. The robbers were pursued but they broke up and fled throughout the Midwest.
1856

Senator Brooks from South Carolina used a cane to hit a Massachusetts Senator, Charles Sumner, after Sumner criticized slave owners.

OTD in 1856: Senator Brooks from South Carolina used a cane to hit a Massachusetts Senator
1849

Abraham Lincoln received a patent for a device that would lift a boat over shoals and obstructions.

OTD in 1849: Abraham Lincoln received a patent for a device that would lift a boat over shoals and obstructions.
He was the only US President to achieve this accomplishment.
1799

Napoleon stated his support of re-establishing Jerusalem for Jews.

The main French newspaper during the French Revolution, "Le Moniteur Universel," published Napoleon's proclamation in which he called for all the Jews of Asia and Africa to support him in order to re-establish the ancient Jerusalem.

Did you know that on this day, May 22nd 1906, the Wright Brothers were granted a patent for their "flying machine"?