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, 408,840 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 ‘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

  • 851
    Battle of Jengland: Erispoe defeats Charles the Bald near the Breton town of Jengland.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 1831
    Nat Turner’s slave rebellion commences just after midnight in Southampton, Virginia, leading to the deaths of more than 50 whites and several hundred African Americans who are killed in retaliation for the uprising.
  • 1864
    12 nations sign the First Geneva Convention. The Red Cross is formed.
  • 1952
    The penal colony on Devil’s Island is permanently closed.
  • 1968
    Pope Paul VI arrives in Bogotá, Colombia. It is the first visit of a pope to Latin America.
  • 1985
    Manchester Air Disaster sees 55 people killed when a fire breaks out on a commercial aircraft at Manchester Airport.
  • 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?

  • 1857
    Ned Hanlon, American baseball player and manager (d. 1937)
  • 1893
    Wilfred Kitching, British Salvation Army general (d. 1977)
  • 1934
    Sir Donald McIntyre, English bass-baritone
  • 1949
    Diana Nyad, American swimmer
  • 1955
    Will Shetterly, American writer
  • 1968
    Rich Lowry, American magazine editor
  • 1972
    Paul Doucette, American drummer (Matchbox 20)
  • 1979
    Matt Walters, American football player
  • 1984
    Lee Camp, English footballer
  • 1985
    Joshua Samuel Fatu, American wrestler

Who died on August 22?

  • 1584
    Jan Kochanowski, Polish writer (b. 1530)
  • 1752
    William Whiston, English mathematician (b. 1667)
  • 1904
    Kate Chopin, American author (b. 1850)
  • 1967
    Gregory Goodwin Pincus, American endocrinologist (b. 1903)
  • 1973
    Louise Huff, American actress (b. 1895)
  • 1989
    Huey P. Newton, American activist (b. 1942)
  • 2003
    Arnold Gerschwiler, Swiss figure skating trainer (b. 1914)
  • 2003
    Generosa Ammon, American widow of Ted Ammon (b. 1956)
  • 2008
    Gladys Powers, Canadian World War I veteran (b. 1899)
  • 2011
    Jack Layton, Canadian politician (b. 1950)

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