On This Day — May 22nd
May 22nd is the 142nd day of the year (143rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 223 days remaining until the end of the year.
853 – Byzantine–Arab Wars: The Byzantine navy began to sack and plunder the port city of Damietta on the Nile Delta, whose garrison was absent at the time.
1762 – The Trevi Fountain in Rome was officially inaugurated by Pope Clement XIII.
1849 – Abraham Lincoln was 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.
1958 – Ethnic rioting broke out in Ceylon, targeted mostly at the minority Sri Lankan Tamils, resulting in up to 300 deaths over the next five days.
2012 – Tokyo Skytree, the tallest tower in the world at a height of 634 m (2,080 ft), opened to the public.
Singer Morrissey turns 59
Super Model Naomi Campbell turns 48
Actress Ginnifer Goodwin turns 40
Actress Maggie Q turns 39
WWE Star Daniel Bryan turns 37