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, 417,600 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 ‘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

  • 1780
    James Cook’s ship HMS Resolution returns to England (Cook having been killed on Hawaii during the voyage).
  • 1848
    The United States annexes New Mexico.
  • 1926
    Gold is discovered in Johannesburg, South Africa.
  • 1934
    Bill Woodfull of Australia becomes the only cricket captain to twice regain The Ashes.
  • 1949
    Queen Charlotte earthquake: Canada’s largest earthquake since the 1700 Cascadia earthquake
  • 1952
    The penal colony on Devil’s Island is permanently closed.
  • 1962
    The NS Savannah, the world’s first nuclear-powered cargo ship, completes its maiden voyage.
  • 1966
    Labor movements NFWA and AWOC merge to become the United Farm Workers Organizing Committee (UFWOC), predecessor of the United Farm Workers.
  • 1989
    The first ring of Neptune is discovered.
  • 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?

  • 1893
    Dorothy Parker, American writer (d. 1967)
  • 1909
    Julius J. Epstein, American screenwriter (d. 2000)
  • 1936
    Dale Hawkins, American singer and songwriter (d. 2010)
  • 1939
    George Reinholt, American actor
  • 1949
    Diana Nyad, American swimmer
  • 1958
    Lane Huffman, American professional wrestler
  • 1966
    GZA, American rapper
  • 1967
    Ant, American comedian
  • 1972
    Max Wilson, Brazilian racing driver
  • 1985
    Joshua Samuel Fatu, American wrestler

Who died on August 22?

  • 1350
    Philip VI, King of France (b. 1293)
  • 1793
    Louis, 4th duc de Noailles, Marshal of France (b. 1713)
  • 1797
    Dagobert Sigmund von Wurmser, Alsatian-born Austrian general (b. 1724)
  • 1888
    Ágoston Trefort, Hungarian politician (b. 1817)
  • 1914
    Giacomo Radini-Tedeschi Italian religious figure (b. 1859)
  • 1940
    Sir Oliver Joseph Lodge, English physicist (b. 1851)
  • 1965
    Ellen Church, American airline stewardess (b. 1904)
  • 1978
    Jomo Kenyatta, first President of Kenya (b. c.1892)
  • 2004
    Sir Angus Bethune, Premier of Tasmania (b. 1908)
  • 2010
    Stjepan Bobek, Yugoslav football player (b. 1923)

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