May 22, 1972 in History

Day of the Week: Monday

Events in History

  • 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

Deaths in History

  • Cecil Day-Lewis, Irish poet (British Poet Laureate 1968-72) and detective writer (Nicholas Blake), dies of cancer at 68