Holidays Calendar for May 22, 2017

Abolition Day is one of the public holidays in Martinique, an overseas region of France. It commemorates the abolition of slavery on the island of Martinique on May 22, 1848.

The national day of Yemen is known as Unity Day, Unification Day or Day of National Unity. It commemorates the unification of North Yemen and South Yemen that took place on May 22, 1990.

Every last Monday before May 25 is Victoria Day in Canada. This holiday was introduced to honor the birthday of Queen Victoria.


National Maritime Day in the USA is celebrated annually on May 22. The holiday was created to recognize the importance of maritime industry.

In Guatemala and Ecuador, Arbor Day is celebrated on May 22. The holiday was officially established in these two countries by a government decree in 2003, but the history of Tree Planting Day dates back to the early 20th century.

All Canadians on bikes are brought together to celebrate Bike Day in May. The first relating event was first organized in Canada in 2012, and the first annual Bike Day was celebrated in 2014.


Republic Day in Sri Lanka is not a public holiday, and many Sri Lankans don't even know that such commemoration exists. Nevertheless, May 22 is an important day in the history of the country.

National Vanilla Pudding Day is celebrated annually on May 22. Enjoy a nice cold bowl of vanilla pudding to celebrate the holiday.

In some Bulgarian and Greek villages, people still perform an old fire-walking ritual. This originally pagan tradition is now associated with the feast day of Saint Constantine and Saint Helen. It is called the nestinarstvo in Bulgaria and the anastenaria in Greece.

International Day for Biological Diversity, also known as World Biodiversity Day, is an international day for raising awareness about biodiversity issues. It is officially recognized by the United Nations and is held on May 22.

Quds Day, also known as International Quds Day, is observed in Iran and some other Islamic countries on the last Friday of Ramadan. This event focuses on expressing solidarity with the Palestinian people and opposing the existence of Israel and Zionism.

Harvey Milk Day is an annual observance held on May 22. It honors the memory of Harvey Milk, an American politician and gay rights activist, who was assassinated in 1978.

World Goth Day is an annual international holiday celebrated on May 22. It was created to celebrate the goth scene and raise awareness of the goth subculture around the world.


This Day in History

  • 2014 Following six months of political crisis, the Royal Thai Armed Forces launched a coup d'état in Thailand. It was the twelfth coup in the country since 1932.
  • 2010 Air India Express Flight 812 fell over a cliff and crashed, killing 158 people on board. It is the deadliest crush involving a Boeing 737.
  • 2008 Died: Robert Asprin, American science fiction and fantasy author. He is probably best know for his Phule's Company and Myth Adventures series.
  • 2007 Died: Pemba Doma Sherpa, Nepalese mountaineer. She was the first female mountaineer to climb Mount Everest via its north face.
  • 1997 Kelly Flinn, the first female B-52 pilot in the US Air Force, was discharged after an adulterous affair with the husband of an enlisted subordinate.
  • 1997 Died: Alfred Hershey, American bacteriologist and geneticist who was awarded the 1969 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, sharing it with two scientists.
  • 1990 Windows 3.0 operating system was released. It was the first widely successful version of Windows and the first version to include the card game Solitaire.
  • 1980 Japanese company Namco released Pac-Man, an arcade game that would become a social phenomenon. It is considered an icon of the 1980s pop culture.
  • 1980 Born: Lucy Gordon, British model and actress best known for her role as Jane Birking in Gainsbourg. She committed suicide before the premiere.
  • 1978 Born: Ginnifer Goodwin, American actress best known for her roles as Margene Heffman on Big Love and Snow White on Once Upon a Time.
  • 1972 Died: Margaret Rutherford, English actress who first came to prominence thanks to her roles in Blithe Spirit and The Importance of Being Earnest.
  • 1970 Born: Naomi Campbell, English supermodel, actress, singer, and author. She was the first black model to appear on the cover of French Vogue.
  • 1968 The nuclear-powered submarine the USS Scorpion sank 400 miles southwest of the Azores. All 99 crewmen on board died in the incident.
  • 1967 The L'Innovation department store in Brussels was destroyed in a fire. With 323 people killed, it is the most deadly fire in Belgian history.
  • 1967 Died: Langston Hughes, American poet, novelist, columnist, playwright, and social activist. He is best known as a leader of the Harlem Renaissance.
  • 1960 The most powerful earthquake ever recorded (9.5 on the moment magnitude scale) occurred, known as Great Chilean earthquake. It affected Chile, Hawaii, Japan, the Philippines, New Zealand, Australia, and the Aleutian Islands.
  • 1943 Born: Betty Williams, Irish activist who was awarded the 1976 Nobel Peace Prize with Mairead Corrigan for co-founding the Community of Peace People.
  • 1938 Died: Albert Claude, Belgian physician and cell biologist who was awarded the 1974 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, sharing it with two scientists.
  • 1927 Born: George Andrew Olah, Hungarian and American chemist who was awarded the 1994 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his study of carbocations.
  • 1924 Born: Charles Aznavour, French and American singer, songwriter, actor, public activist, and diplomat. He is known for his unique tenor voile with clear timbre.
  • 1907 Born: Laurence Olivier, outstanding English stage and film actor, director, and producer who received four Academy Awards, two BAFTA Awards, five Emmy Awards and three Golden Globe Awards.
  • 1905 Born: Bodo von Borries, German physician. He is primarily remembered as the co-inventor of the electron microscope, along with Ernst Ruska.
  • 1885 Died: Victor Hugo, French poet, playwright, and novelist whose best known works include the acclaimed novels Les Misérables and Notre-Dame de Paris.
  • 1859 Born: Arthur Conan Doyle, Scottish physician and writer who is best known for his detective fiction about Sherlock Holmes, which are considered milestones in their genre.
  • 1813 Born: Richard Wagner, German composer, conductor and theater director who is best known for his operas, namely the cycle The Ring of the Nibelung.
  • 1802 Died: Martha Washington, the wife of the first American president George Washington. She is considered to be the first First Lady of the US.
  • 1760 Died: Rabbi Israel ben Eliezer, best known as Baal Shem Tov or Besht, Jewish mystical rabbi who is considered the founder of Hasidic Judaism.
  • 1629 Albrecht von Wallenstein and Christian IV of Denmark signed the Treaty of Lübeck which ended the Danish intervention in the Thirty Years' War.
  • 1455 The Wars of the Roses began with the First Battle of St Albans, in which King Henry VI of England was defeated and captured by Richard, Duke of York.
  • 337 Died: Constantine the Great, also known as Constantine I or St. Constantine, Roman Emperor who was the first Christian emperor of the Roman Empire.