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

  • 565
    St. Columba reports seeing a monster in Loch Ness, Scotland.
  • 1642
    Charles I calls the English Parliament traitors. The English Civil War begins.
  • 1717
    Spanish troops land on Sardinia.
  • 1922
    Michael Collins, Commander-in-Chief of the Irish Free State Army is shot dead during an Anti-Treaty ambush at Béal na mBláth, County Cork, during the Irish Civil War.
  • 1932
    The BBC first experiments with television broadcasting. (See also Timeline of the BBC.)
  • 1934
    Bill Woodfull of Australia becomes the only cricket captain to twice regain The Ashes.
  • 1952
    The penal colony on Devil’s Island is permanently closed.
  • 1966
    Labor movements NFWA and AWOC merge to become the United Farm Workers Organizing Committee (UFWOC), predecessor of the United Farm Workers.
  • 1985
    Manchester Air Disaster sees 55 people killed when a fire breaks out on a commercial aircraft at Manchester Airport.
  • 2003
    Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore is suspended after refusing to comply with a federal court order to remove a rock inscribed with the Ten Commandments from the lobby of the Alabama Supreme Court building.

Who were born on August 22?

  • 1647
    Denis Papin, French physicist and inventor (d. c. 1712)
  • 1867
    Maximilian Bircher-Benner, Swiss physician and nutritionist (d. 1939)
  • 1932
    Gerald P. Carr, American astronaut
  • 1934
    Norman Schwarzkopf, U.S. general
  • 1964
    Mats Wilander, Swedish tennis player
  • 1968
    Casper Christensen, Danish comedian
  • 1972
    Paul Doucette, American drummer (Matchbox 20)
  • 1981
    Saito Takumi, Japanese actor and model
  • 1985
    Joshua Samuel Fatu, American wrestler
  • 1991
    Brayden Schenn, Canadian hockey player

Who died on August 22?

  • 1553
    John Dudley, 1st Duke of Northumberland, English admiral and politician (b. 1504)
  • 1572
    Thomas Percy, 7th Earl of Northumberland (b. 1528)
  • 1793
    Louis, 4th duc de Noailles, Marshal of France (b. 1713)
  • 1942
    Michel Fokine, Russian choreographer and dancer (b. 1880)
  • 1958
    Roger Martin du Gard, French writer, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1881)
  • 1967
    Gregory Goodwin Pincus, American endocrinologist (b. 1903)
  • 2003
    Generosa Ammon, American widow of Ted Ammon (b. 1956)
  • 2003
    Imperio Argentina, Argentinian singer and actress (b. 1906)
  • 2004
    Konstantin Aseev, Russian chess player (b. 1960)
  • 2008
    Gladys Powers, Canadian World War I veteran (b. 1899)

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