The following is a list of notable world figures who died on May 22nd.

  1. 337 - Constantine the Great, Roman Emperor (b. 272)
  2. 1068 - Emperor Go-Reizei of Japan (b. 1025)
  3. 1455 - Henry Percy, 2nd Earl of Northumberland, English politician (killed in battle)
  4. 1455 - Edmund Beaufort, 2nd Duke of Somerset, English commander (killed in battle) (b. 1406)
  5. 1457 - Saint Rita of Cascia, Italian saint (b. 1381)
  6. 1538 - John Forrest, English Franciscan friar (martyred) (b. 1471)
  7. 1540 - Francesco Guicciardini, Italian historian (b. 1483)
  8. 1666 - Gaspar Schott, German scientist (b. 1608)
  9. 1667 - Pope Alexander VII (b. 1599)
  10. 1745 - François-Marie, 1st duc de Broglie, French military leader (b. 1671)
  11. 1746 - Thomas Southerne, Irish dramatist (b. 1660)
  12. 1760 - Israel ben Eliezer, Polish-born mystical rabbi (b. 1700)
  13. 1772 - Durastante Natalucci, Italian historian (b. 1687)
  14. 1795 - Ewald Friedrich, Count von Hertzberg, Prussian statesman (b. 1725)
  15. 1859 - King Ferdinand II of the Two Sicilies (b. 1810)
  16. 1868 - Julius Plücker, German mathematician and physicist (b. 1801)
  17. 1885 - Victor Hugo, French author (b. 1802)
  18. 1910 - Jules Renard, French author (b. 1864)
  19. 1932 - Lady Gregory, Irish playwright (b. 1852)
  20. 1939 - Ernst Toller, German author (b. 1893)
  21. 1939 - Jiri Mahen, Czech author (b. 1882)
  22. 1965 - Christopher Stone, first disc jockey in the United Kingdom (b. 1882)
  23. 1966 - Tom Goddard, English cricketer (b. 1900)
  24. 1967 - Langston Hughes, American writer (b. 1902)
  25. 1972 - Cecil Day-Lewis, Irish poet and writer (b. 1904)
  26. 1972 - Margaret Rutherford, English actress (b. 1892)
  27. 1983 - Albert Claude, Belgian biologist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1899)
  28. 1988 - Giorgio Almirante, Italian politician (b. 1914)
  29. 1990 - Rocky Graziano, American boxer (b. 1922)
  30. 1992 - Zellig Harris, American linguist (b. 1909)
  31. 1997 - Alfred Hershey, American biochemist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1908)
  32. 1998 - José Enrique Moyal, mathematical physicist (b. 1910)
  33. 2003 - Ousmane Zongo, Burkinabé shooting victim
  34. 2004 - Richard Biggs, American actor (b. 1960)
  35. 2004 - Mikhail Voronin, Russian gymnast (b. 1945)
  36. 2005 - Charilaos Florakis, Greek politician (b. 1914)
  37. 2005 - Julia Randall, American poet (b. 1924)
  38. 2005 - Thurl Ravenscroft, American voice actor and singer (b. 1914)
  39. 2006 - Lee Jong-wook, Korean Director-General of the World Health Organisation (b. 1945)
  40. 2006 - Heather Crowe, Canadian activist (b. 1945)