Wikipedia defines history as the discovery, collection, organization, and presentation of information about past events. It came from the Greek word ‘historia’ – which means ‘inquiry, knowledge acquired by investigation’.

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This website utilizes pages from Wikipedia to extract historical events from 3761 BC up to the present. There are 105,062 records in the database that include events, births and deaths of popular individuals. The present day Gregorian calendar was adopted to show dates of interest.

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What are the important events that happened on August 22? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

August 22: Facts & Myths About This Day

August 22 is the 234th day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 131 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Tuesday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is August 9, 2017 – a Tuesday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 417,600 hours has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘dihectatriacontatetragon’ day.

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Leo is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Peridot is the modern birthstone for this month. Diamond is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 181 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 1,705 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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August 22 Historical Events

  • 1138
    Battle of the Standard between Scotland and England.
  • 1485
    The Battle of Bosworth Field, the death of Richard III and the end of the House of Plantagenet.
  • 1770
    James Cook names and lands on Possession Island, Queensland and claims the east coast of Australia as New South Wales in the name of King George III.
  • 1910
    Korea is annexed by Japan with the signing of the Japan–Korea Annexation Treaty, beginning a period of Japanese rule of Korea that lasted until the end of World War II.
  • 1992
    FBI HRT sniper Lon Horiuchi shoots and kills Vicki Weaver during an 11-day siege at her home at Ruby Ridge, Idaho.

Who were born on August 22?

  • 1773
    Aimé Bonpland, French explorer (d. 1858)
  • 1941
    Bill Parcells, American football coach
  • 1944
    Peter Hofmann, Czech-born German operatic tenor (d. 2010)
  • 1961
    Debbi Peterson, American musician (The Bangles)
  • 1984
    Lawrence Quaye, Ghanaian–Qatari footballer

Who died on August 22?

  • 1241
    Pope Gregory IX, (b. c.1143)
  • 1280
    Pope Nicholas III (b. c.1216)
  • 1304
    John II, Count of Hainaut (b. 1247)
  • 1599
    Luca Marenzio, Italian composer (b. c.1553)
  • 1960
    Eduard Pütsep, Estonian wrestler (b. 1898)

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