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, 25,056,000 minutes 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

  • 392
    Arbogast has Eugenius elected Western Roman Emperor.
  • 851
    Battle of Jengland: Erispoe defeats Charles the Bald near the Breton town of Jengland.
  • 1642
    Charles I calls the English Parliament traitors. The English Civil War begins.
  • 1798
    French troops land in Kilcummin harbour, County Mayo, Ireland to aid Wolfe Tone’s United Irishmen’s Irish Rebellion.
  • 1932
    The BBC first experiments with television broadcasting. (See also Timeline of the BBC.)
  • 1942
    World War II: Brazil declares war on Germany and Italy.
  • 1950
    Althea Gibson becomes the first black competitor in international tennis.
  • 1962
    The NS Savannah, the world’s first nuclear-powered cargo ship, completes its maiden voyage.
  • 1971
    J. Edgar Hoover and John Mitchell announce the arrest of 20 of the Camden 28.
  • 1989
    The first ring of Neptune is discovered.

Who were born on August 22?

  • 1920
    Denton Cooley, American heart surgeon
  • 1939
    Valerie Harper, American actress
  • 1944
    Peter Hofmann, Czech-born German operatic tenor (d. 2010)
  • 1945
    Erol Gelenbe, Turkish computer scientist and mathematician
  • 1945
    Ron Dante, American songwriter and record producer (The Archies)
  • 1947
    Cindy Williams, American actress
  • 1967
    Ant, American comedian
  • 1975
    Sheree Murphy, British actress
  • 1977
    Heiðar Helguson, Icelandic footballer
  • 1978
    Ed Petrie, British television presenter

Who died on August 22?

  • 1304
    John II, Count of Hainaut (b. 1247)
  • 1553
    John Dudley, 1st Duke of Northumberland, English admiral and politician (b. 1504)
  • 1793
    Louis, 4th duc de Noailles, Marshal of France (b. 1713)
  • 1828
    Franz Joseph Gall, Austrian neuroscientist (b. 1758)
  • 1891
    Jan Neruda, Czech author (b. 1834)
  • 1926
    Charles William Eliot, American University president (b. 1834)
  • 1989
    Huey P. Newton, American activist (b. 1942)
  • 1994
    Gilles Groulx, French-Canadian film director (b. 1931)
  • 2004
    Konstantin Aseev, Russian chess player (b. 1960)
  • 2009
    Elmer Kelton, American Western novelist (b. 1926)

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