Birthdays in History on May 22

  • 1622 Louis de Buade de Frontenac, Governor of New France (d. 1698)
  • 1671 Abraham Patras, governor-general of East-Indies (1735-37)
  • 1715 François-Joachim de Pierre de Bernis, French cardinal and statesman (d. 1794)
  • 1724 Marc-Joseph Marion du Fresne, French explorer (d. 1772)
  • 1770 Princess Elizabeth of the United Kingdom (d. 1840)
  • 1772 Ram Mohan Roy, Hindu reformer (d. 1833)
  • 1804 John William (Turk) Livingston, Commander (Union Navy), (d. 1885)
  • 1808 Gérard de Nerval [Gérard Labrunie], French writer, born in Paris (d. 1855)
  • 1821 Alfred Sully, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1879)
  • 1823 Solomon Bundy, American politician (d. 1889)
  • 1841 Catulle Mendès, French poet (d. 1909)
  • 1844 Mary Cassatt, American Impressionist painter (Woman Bathing)
  • 1846 Oliver Perry Hay, Saluda Indiana, American Paleontologist
  • 1849 Louis Perrier, Swiss politician (d. 1913)

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1859 Arthur Conan Doyle, British author who brought Sherlock Holmes to life twice, born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 1930)

  • 1862 August Cuppens, Flemish author/pastor
  • 1874 Daniel François Malan, Prime Minister of South Africa (1948-54) who began the implementation of apartheid, born in Riebeek-Wes, Cape Colony (d. 1959)
  • 1885 Giacomo Matteotti, Italian politician (d. 1924)
  • 1891 Johannes R. Becher, German writer and politician, born in Munich (d. 1958)
  • 1891 Robert Gordon Sproul, educator/college pres (Univ of California)
  • 1895 Jiddu Krishnamurti, India, philosopher (Songs of Life) [OS=May 12]
  • 1897 Robert Neumann, Austrian/British author (Waters of Babylon)
  • 1900 Yvonne de Gaulle, wife of Charles de Gaulle (d. 1979)
  • 1901 Maurice J. Tobin, 56th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1953)
  • 1903 Yves Rocard, French physicist (d. 1992)
  • 1904 Anne de Vries, writer (Bartje)
  • 1904 Paul Viiding, Estonian poet (d. 1962)
  • 1906 Harry Ritz, US comic (Ritz Brothers-Silent Movie)

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1907 Hergé [Georges Prosper Remi], Belgian comic book creator (The Adventures of Tintin), born in Etterbeek, Belgium (d. 1983)

Cartoonist Hergé
Cartoonist
Hergé
  • 1911 Anatol Rapoport, Russ/US mathem/biologist (game theory)
  • 1912 Hendrik Koekoek, Dutch farmer and politician (Farmers Party)
  • 1914 Vance Packard, Granville Summit Pa, author (Hidden Persuaders)
  • 1917 Jean-Louis Laffitte Curtis, novelist
  • 1918 David Land, impressario
  • 1919 Paul Vanden Boeynants, premier Belgium (1966-68, 1978-79)
  • 1920 Hugh Armstrong Clegg, industrial relations academic
  • 1920 Thomas Gold, Austrian astrophysicist (proposed steady-state theory of universe)
  • 1925 Jean Tinguely, Swiss sculptor artist (movement objects)
  • 1927 Phil Tucker, American director
  • 1928 T. Boone Pickens, American business person and oil tycoon (Shamrock, Mesa Petroleum Co), born in Holdenville, Oklahoma
  • 1930 Dieuwke Y W de Graaff-Nauta, Dutch undersecretary of the Interior

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1930 Harvey Milk, American politician and gay activist, born in Woodmere, New York (d. 1978)

American Politician Harvey Milk
American Politician
Harvey Milk
  • 1930 Marisol (Maria Sol) Escobar, Venezuelan sculptor, born in Paris, France (d. 2016)
  • 1936 George H. Heilmeier, American engineer (helped invent LCD displays), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2014)
  • 1936 M. Scott Peck, American psychiatrist and writer (d. 2005)
  • 1941 Sir Menzies Campbell, British politician
  • 1942 Pallo Jordan, South African ANC member/heads (Radio Freedom)

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1942 Ted Kaczynski, American serial killer and terrorist known as the "Unabomber", born in Evergreen Park, Illinois

Serial Murderer and Domestic Terrorist Ted Kaczynski
Serial Murderer and Domestic Terrorist
Ted Kaczynski
  • 1943 Betty Williams, Northern Irish political activist, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize
  • 1943 Gesine Schwan, German politician and science professor
  • 1948 Richard Baker, (Rep-R-Louisiana)
  • 1950 Alekos Alavanos, Greek politician
  • 1952 Jan Todd, woman power lifter, once lifted 248 kg in a squat
  • 1953 John Edward Stevens, American bank robber (FBI Most Wanted List), born in NYC, New York
  • 1953 Doris Barnett, German politician
  • 1954 Shuji Nakamura, Japanese-born American electronic engineer (invented the Blue LED), born in Ikata, Japan
  • 1955 Sam Coppersmith, (Rep-D-Arizona)
  • 1957 Lisa Murkowski, American politician
  • 1960 Hideaki Anno, Japanese director
  • 1977 Seán Óg Ó hAilpín, Irish hurler
  • 1980 Steven Baker, Australian rules footballer
  • 1984 Joe Lauzon, American martial artist