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 235th day of the year 2016 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 131 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Monday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is August 9, 2016 – a Monday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 24,530,400 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 ‘dihectatriacontapentagon’ 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 159 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 1,340 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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August 22 Historical Events

  • 1138
    Battle of the Standard between Scotland and England.
  • 1791
    Beginning of the Haitian Slave Revolution in Saint-Domingue.
  • 1849
    The first air raid in history. Austria launches pilotless balloons against the city of Venice.
  • 1851
    The first America’s Cup is won by the yacht America.
  • 1902
    Cadillac Motor Company is founded.
  • 1914
    World War I: in Belgium, British and German troops clash for the first time in the war.
  • 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.
  • 1962
    The NS Savannah, the world’s first nuclear-powered cargo ship, completes its maiden voyage.
  • 1972
    Rhodesia is expelled by the IOC for its racist policies.

Who were born on August 22?

  • 1873
    Alexander Bogdanov, Russian physician and philosopher (d. 1928)
  • 1880
    Gorch Fock, German author and poet (d. 1916)
  • 1893
    Dorothy Parker, American writer (d. 1967)
  • 1900
    Sergei Ozhegov, Russian lexicographer (d. 1964)
  • 1921
    Dinos Dimopoulos, Greek film director and screenwriter (d. 2003)
  • 1950
    Ray Burris, American baseball player
  • 1963
    Terry Catledge, American basketball player
  • 1967
    Ant, American comedian
  • 1968
    Rich Lowry, American magazine editor
  • 1981
    Saito Takumi, Japanese actor and model

Who died on August 22?

  • 1304
    John II, Count of Hainaut (b. 1247)
  • 1711
    Louis François, duc de Boufflers, French marshal (b. 1644)
  • 1797
    Dagobert Sigmund von Wurmser, Alsatian-born Austrian general (b. 1724)
  • 1806
    Jean-Honoré Fragonard, French artist (b. 1732)
  • 1922
    Michael Collins, Irish revolutionary (b. 1890)
  • 1951
    J. P. Bickell, Canadian businessman and sports team owner (b. 1884)
  • 1989
    Huey P. Newton, American activist (b. 1942)
  • 1989
    Robert Grondelaers, Belgian cyclist (b. 1933)
  • 2004
    Sir Angus Bethune, Premier of Tasmania (b. 1908)
  • 2006
    Bruce Gary, American rock drummer (The Knack) (b. 1951)

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