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, 25,056,000 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 ‘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

  • 851
    Battle of Jengland: Erispoe defeats Charles the Bald near the Breton town of Jengland.
  • 1485
    The Battle of Bosworth Field, the death of Richard III and the end of the House of Plantagenet.
  • 1827
    José de La Mar becomes President of Peru.
  • 1926
    Gold is discovered in Johannesburg, South Africa.
  • 1932
    The BBC first experiments with television broadcasting. (See also Timeline of the BBC.)
  • 1944
    World War II: Holocaust of Kedros in Crete by German forces
  • 1989
    Nolan Ryan strikes out Rickey Henderson to become the first Major League Baseball pitcher to record 5,000 strikeouts.
  • 1992
    FBI HRT sniper Lon Horiuchi shoots and kills Vicki Weaver during an 11-day siege at her home at Ruby Ridge, Idaho.
  • 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.
  • 2007
    The Texas Rangers rout the Baltimore Orioles 30–3, the most runs scored by a team in modern MLB history.

Who were born on August 22?

  • 1920
    Denton Cooley, American heart surgeon
  • 1941
    Hannspeter Winter, Austrian plasma physicist
  • 1943
    Masatoshi Shima, Japanese computer scientist
  • 1945
    Ron Dante, American songwriter and record producer (The Archies)
  • 1956
    Paul Molitor, baseball player
  • 1961
    Andres Calamaro, Argentine musician
  • 1967
    Ty Burrell, American actor
  • 1974
    Stefano Verderi, Italian guitarist
  • 1978
    Ed Petrie, British television presenter
  • 1980
    Nicolas Macrozonaris, French-Canadian track-and-field athlete

Who died on August 22?

  • 1711
    Louis François, duc de Boufflers, French marshal (b. 1644)
  • 1828
    Franz Joseph Gall, Austrian neuroscientist (b. 1758)
  • 1922
    Michael Collins, Irish revolutionary (b. 1890)
  • 1942
    Michel Fokine, Russian choreographer and dancer (b. 1880)
  • 1951
    J. P. Bickell, Canadian businessman and sports team owner (b. 1884)
  • 1973
    Louise Huff, American actress (b. 1895)
  • 1976
    Gina Bachauer, Greek pianist (b. 1913)
  • 1978
    Jomo Kenyatta, first President of Kenya (b. c.1892)
  • 2003
    Arnold Gerschwiler, Swiss figure skating trainer (b. 1914)
  • 2005
    Ernest Kirkendall, American scientist (b. 1914)

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