What Happened on May 22, 1972

Day of the Week: Monday

Historical Events

  • Ceylon becomes Republic of Sri Lanka as its constitution is ratified
  • Over 400 women in Derry attack the offices of Official Sinn Féin in Derry, North Ireland, following the shooting of William Best by the Official Irish Republican Army
  • Ton Sijbrands becomes world checkers champion
  • US president Nixon begins visit to Moscow

Famous Birthdays

  • Alison Eastwood, daughter of actor Clint/actress (Tightrope)
  • Anna Belknap, American actress
  • Annabel Chong, Singapore actress
  • Mike Hollis, NFL kicker (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • Rich Owens, NFL defensive end (Washington Redskins)

Famous Deaths

  • Cecil Day-Lewis, Irish poet (British Poet Laureate 1968-72) and detective writer (Nicholas Blake), dies of cancer at 68
  • Margaret Rutherford, English actress (Murder Ahoy, VIP's), dies at 80