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May 22 Historical Events

The following events took place on May 22. The list is arranged in chronological order.

Found 71 events. Showing 1 - 30.

  • 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.
  • 1176
    The Hashshashin (Assassins) attempt to murder Saladin near Aleppo.
  • 1200
    King John of England and King Philip II of France sign the Treaty of Le Goulet.
  • 1246
    Henry Raspe is elected anti-king of the Kingdom of Germany, in opposition to Conrad IV.
  • 1254
    Serbian King Stefan Uroš I and the Republic of Venice sign a peace treaty.
  • 1377
    Pope Gregory XI issues five papal bulls to denounce the doctrines of English theologian John Wycliffe.
  • 1455
    Start of the Wars of the Roses: At the First Battle of St Albans, Richard, Duke of York, defeats and captures King Henry VI of England.
  • 1629
    Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand II and Danish King Christian IV sign the Treaty of Lübeck to end the Danish intervention in the Thirty Years’ War.
  • 1762
    Sweden and Prussia sign the Treaty of Hamburg.
  • 1762
    Trevi Fountain in Rome is officially completed and inaugurated by Pope Clemens XIII.
  • 1807
    A grand jury indicts former Vice President of the United States Aaron Burr on a charge of treason.
  • 1807
    Most of the English town of Chudleigh is destroyed by fire.
  • 1809
    On the second and last day of the Battle of Aspern-Essling (near Vienna, Austria), Napoleon I is repelled by an enemy army for the first time.
  • 1812
    Action of 22 May 1812: A small French two-frigate squadron comprising Ariane and Andromaque, returning from a commerce raiding campaign in the Atlantic, meets the 74-gun HMS Northumberland while trying the slip to Lorient through the British blockade.
  • 1816
    A mob in Littleport, Cambridgeshire, England, riots over high unemployment and rising grain costs; the rioting spreads to Ely the next day.
  • 1819
    The 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.
  • 1826
    HMS Beagle departs on its first voyage.
  • 1840
    The transportation of British convicts to the New South Wales colony is abolished.
  • 1848
    Slavery is abolished in Martinique.
  • 1849
    Future U.S. President Abraham Lincoln is issued a patent for an invention to lift boats over obstacles in a river, making him the only U.S. President to ever hold a patent.
  • 1856
    Congressman Preston Brooks of South Carolina beats Senator Charles Sumner with a cane in the hall of the United States Senate for a speech Sumner had made attacking Southerners who sympathized with the pro-slavery violence in Kansas (“Bleeding Kansas”).
  • 1863
    American Civil War: Siege of Port Hudson: Union forces begin to lay siege to the Confederate-controlled Port Hudson, Louisiana.
  • 1864
    American Civil War: After ten weeks, the Union Army’s Red River Campaign ends with the Union unable to achieve any of its objectives.
  • 1871
    The U.S. Army issues an order for abandonment of Fort Kearny in Nebraska.
  • 1872
    Reconstruction: U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant signs the Amnesty Act into law restoring full civil and political rights to all but about 500 Confederate sympathizers.
  • 1885
    Prior to burial in the Panthéon, the body of Victor Hugo was exposed under the Arc de Triomphe during the night.
  • 1897
    The Blackwall Tunnel under the River Thames is officially opened
  • 1903
    Launch of the White Star Liner, SS Ionic.
  • 1906
    The Wright brothers are granted U.S. patent number 821,393 for their “Flying-Machine”.

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