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?
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 Events 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.Read More
1995 Two new moons of Saturn were found in photos from the Hubble Space Telescope by Astronomers Amanda S. Bosh and Andrew S. Rivkin.
1980 Namco installed the first Pac-Man arcade machine in Shibuya, Tokyo.
This iconic game was released as Puck man, based on the character's resemblance to a hockey puck. However, when the game came to North America, Namco rightly feared that people would vandalize machines to turn "Puck Man" into something a little less PG-13, so they changed the name to Pac-Man.Read More
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 applying for it three 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. Then, they broke open the safe, netting about $96,000. 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.
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 leading French newspaper during the French Revolution, "Le Moniteur Universel," published Napoleon's proclamation. He called for all the Jews of Asia and Africa to support him to re-establish the ancient Jerusalem.
1762 The Trevi Fountain, one of Rome’s most famous landmarks, was opened to the public by Pope Clement XIII.
Famous Quotes Said On May 22
Memorable quotes are being said or written every day. Here we have the most notable quotes ever said on May 22nd.
“Nothing makes the earth seem so spacious as to have friends at a distance; they make the latitudes and longitudes.”
– Henry David Thoreau
Famous People Born On May 22
Are you celebrating your birthday today? If so, did you know that you share the same birthday as Naomi Campbell? See what other famous people were born on this day.
2001 Emma Chamberlain
- 21 years old
- Born In:
- California, USA
1970 Naomi Campbell
- 52 years old
- Born In:
- England, UK
1978 Ginnifer Goodwin
- 44 years old
- Born In:
- Tennessee, USA
1979 Maggie Q
- 43 years old
- Born In:
- Hawaii, USA
Famous People Who Died On This Day
1802 - 1885 Victor Hugo
Victor Hugo was a French writer born on February 26, 1802. He died on this day in 1885 at age 83 in Paris, France.
Special Holidays On May 22
Are you looking for something to do today? Then why not find time today to celebrate the following special holidays.
Harvey Milk Day
Today we celebrate the life of Harvey Milk, the first openly gay politician in California and a prominent figure in the US Civil Rights Movement. A rival politician assassinated Harvey Milk in 1978, but his legacy lives on - so fly your rainbow flags today in honor of him!
World Goth Day
Much of society just doesn’t really get goths, which can make life a bit difficult for anyone who likes the darker side of things. Goth Day raises awareness of this by celebrating goth culture. You can take part too by going to a goth gig, or just watching something with goths in it!
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Fun Fact Of The Day
There is an insurance policy issued against alien abduction. Around 50,000 policies have been sold, mainly to residents of the US and England.
May 22 Birthday Facts, Zodiac & Birthstone
For those of you who were born on May 22, your zodiac sign is Gemini.
Air is the element given to Gemini, which is quite fitting since Geminis tend to have a way of breezing through life like the wind.
All those born in May have the Emerald birthstone. The lush green color of the Emerald birthstone is the perfect choice for the month of May, as green is a color that signifies hope, the coming of spring, regeneration, and new growth.
People born on May 22 were likely conceived the previous year on August 29.
Babies conceived on May 22nd, 2022, will likely be born around February 12th, 2023.