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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1926
    Gold is discovered in Johannesburg, South Africa.
  • 1934
    Bill Woodfull of Australia becomes the only cricket captain to twice regain The Ashes.
  • 1944
    World War II: Holocaust of Kedros in Crete by German forces
  • 1952
    The penal colony on Devil’s Island is permanently closed.
  • 1963
    American Joe Walker in an X-15 test plane reaches an altitude of 106 km.
  • 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.

Who were born on August 22?

  • 1848
    Melville E. Stone, American newspaper publisher (d. 1929)
  • 1895
    László Almásy, Hungarian aristocrat and aviator (d. 1951)
  • 1902
    Leni Riefenstahl, German film director (d. 2003)
  • 1904
    Deng Xiaoping, Chinese statesman (d. 1997)
  • 1934
    Norman Schwarzkopf, U.S. general
  • 1940
    Bill McCartney, American football coach
  • 1967
    Yukiko Okada, Japanese singer (d. 1986)
  • 1968
    Horst Skoff, Austrian tennis player (d. 2008)
  • 1980
    Roland Benschneider, German footballer
  • 1986
    Keiko Kitagawa, Japanese actress

Who died on August 22?

  • 1241
    Pope Gregory IX, (b. c.1143)
  • 1485
    King Richard III of England (b. 1452)
  • 1599
    Luca Marenzio, Italian composer (b. c.1553)
  • 1607
    Bartholomew Gosnold, English explorer and privateer (b. 1572)
  • 1806
    Jean-Honoré Fragonard, French artist (b. 1732)
  • 1850
    Nikolaus Lenau, Austrian poet (b. 1802)
  • 1904
    Kate Chopin, American author (b. 1850)
  • 1926
    Charles William Eliot, American University president (b. 1834)
  • 2003
    Generosa Ammon, American widow of Ted Ammon (b. 1956)
  • 2003
    Imperio Argentina, Argentinian singer and actress (b. 1906)

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