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

  • 392
    Arbogast has Eugenius elected Western Roman Emperor.
  • 1642
    Charles I calls the English Parliament traitors. The English Civil War begins.
  • 1711
    Ships from British Admiral Hovenden Walker’s Quebec Expedition founders on rocks at the mouth of the Saint Lawrence River.
  • 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.
  • 1791
    Beginning of the Haitian Slave Revolution in Saint-Domingue.
  • 1950
    Althea Gibson becomes the first black competitor in international tennis.
  • 1963
    American Joe Walker in an X-15 test plane reaches an altitude of 106 km.
  • 1968
    Pope Paul VI arrives in Bogotá, Colombia. It is the first visit of a pope to Latin America.
  • 1978
    The Frente Sandinista de Liberacion or FSLN occupies national palace in Nicaragua.
  • 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?

  • 1624
    Jean Renaud de Segrais, French writer (d. 1701)
  • 1867
    Maximilian Bircher-Benner, Swiss physician and nutritionist (d. 1939)
  • 1900
    Sergei Ozhegov, Russian lexicographer (d. 1964)
  • 1939
    Valerie Harper, American actress
  • 1941
    Hannspeter Winter, Austrian plasma physicist
  • 1967
    Alfred Gough, American screenwriter
  • 1967
    Ty Burrell, American actor
  • 1975
    Sheree Murphy, British actress
  • 1976
    Randy Wolf, American baseball player
  • 1978
    Giannis Gagaloudis, Greek basketball player

Who died on August 22?

  • 1572
    Thomas Percy, 7th Earl of Northumberland (b. 1528)
  • 1793
    Cäcilia Weber, German mother-in-law of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (b. 1727)
  • 1861
    Xianfeng, Emperor of China (b. 1831)
  • 1904
    Kate Chopin, American author (b. 1850)
  • 1978
    Jomo Kenyatta, first President of Kenya (b. c.1892)
  • 1980
    Alfred Neubauer, German racing team manager (b. 1891)
  • 1989
    Robert Grondelaers, Belgian cyclist (b. 1933)
  • 2003
    Imperio Argentina, Argentinian singer and actress (b. 1906)
  • 2004
    Al Dvorin, American Elvis Presley concert announcer (b. 1922)
  • 2005
    Ernest Kirkendall, American scientist (b. 1914)

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