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, 1,503,360,000 seconds 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

  • 1654
    Jacob Barsimson arrives in New Amsterdam. He is the first known Jewish immigrant to America.
  • 1777
    American Revolutionary War: British forces abandon the Siege of Fort Stanwix after hearing rumors of Continental Army reinforcements.
  • 1780
    James Cook’s ship HMS Resolution returns to England (Cook having been killed on Hawaii during the voyage).
  • 1798
    French troops land in Kilcummin harbour, County Mayo, Ireland to aid Wolfe Tone’s United Irishmen’s Irish Rebellion.
  • 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.
  • 1934
    Bill Woodfull of Australia becomes the only cricket captain to twice regain The Ashes.
  • 1963
    American Joe Walker in an X-15 test plane reaches an altitude of 106 km.
  • 1966
    Labor movements NFWA and AWOC merge to become the United Farm Workers Organizing Committee (UFWOC), predecessor of the United Farm Workers.
  • 1972
    Rhodesia is expelled by the IOC for its racist policies.
  • 2006
    Pulkovo Aviation Enterprise Flight 612 crashes near the Russian border over eastern Ukraine, killing all 170 people on board.

Who were born on August 22?

  • 1822
    Virginia Clemm Poe, wife of Edgar Allan Poe (d. 1847)
  • 1827
    Ezra Butler Eddy, Canadian businessman, industrialist and politician (d. 1906)
  • 1909
    Julius J. Epstein, American screenwriter (d. 2000)
  • 1915
    Edward Szczepanik, Polish politician (d. 2005)
  • 1939
    Valerie Harper, American actress
  • 1940
    Bill McCartney, American football coach
  • 1944
    Peter Hofmann, Czech-born German operatic tenor (d. 2010)
  • 1956
    Paul Molitor, baseball player
  • 1975
    Davor Krznarić, Croatian footballer
  • 1977
    Jenna Leigh Green, American actress

Who died on August 22?

  • 1155
    Emperor Konoe, of Japan (b. 1139)
  • 1304
    John II, Count of Hainaut (b. 1247)
  • 1909
    Henry Radcliffe Crocker, British dermatologist (b. 1846)
  • 1918
    Korbinian Brodmann, German neurologist (b. 1868)
  • 1926
    Charles William Eliot, American University president (b. 1834)
  • 1940
    Sir Oliver Joseph Lodge, English physicist (b. 1851)
  • 1976
    Juscelino Kubitschek de Oliveira, President of Brazil (b. 1902)
  • 1978
    Jomo Kenyatta, first President of Kenya (b. c.1892)
  • 1980
    Alfred Neubauer, German racing team manager (b. 1891)
  • 1991
    Colleen Dewhurst, Canadian actress (b. 1924)

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