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, 1,503,360,000 seconds 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.
  • 1559
    Bartolomé Carranza, Spanish archbishop, is arrested for heresy.
  • 1654
    Jacob Barsimson arrives in New Amsterdam. He is the first known Jewish immigrant to America.
  • 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.
  • 1849
    The first air raid in history. Austria launches pilotless balloons against the city of Venice.
  • 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.
  • 1950
    Althea Gibson becomes the first black competitor in international tennis.
  • 1962
    The NS Savannah, the world’s first nuclear-powered cargo ship, completes its maiden voyage.
  • 1971
    J. Edgar Hoover and John Mitchell announce the arrest of 20 of the Camden 28.
  • 1996
    Bill Clinton signs welfare reform into law, representing major shift in US welfare policy

Who were born on August 22?

  • 1679
    Pierre Guérin de Tencin, French cardinal (d. 1758)
  • 1860
    Paul Gottlieb Nipkow, German inventor (d. 1940)
  • 1925
    James Kirkwood, Jr., American playwright and author (d. 1989)
  • 1930
    Gilmar, Brazilian football player
  • 1947
    Donna Godchaux, American singer (Grateful Dead)
  • 1953
    Paul Ellering, American wrestling manager
  • 1965
    Chen Liping, Singaporean actress
  • 1967
    Ty Burrell, American actor
  • 1979
    Brandon Quintin Adams, American actor
  • 1979
    Jennifer Finnigan, Canadian-born actress

Who died on August 22?

  • 1241
    Pope Gregory IX, (b. c.1143)
  • 1599
    Luca Marenzio, Italian composer (b. c.1553)
  • 1607
    Bartholomew Gosnold, English explorer and privateer (b. 1572)
  • 1609
    Maharal of Prague, Jewish mystic and philosopher (b. 1525)
  • 1680
    John George II, Elector of Saxony (b. 1613)
  • 1946
    Döme Sztójay, Hungarian soldier and diplomat (b. 1883)
  • 1977
    Sebastian Cabot, English-born actor (b. 1918)
  • 2004
    Daniel Petrie, Canadian television and movie director (b. 1920)
  • 2008
    Gladys Powers, Canadian World War I veteran (b. 1899)
  • 2011
    Nick Ashford, American songwriter (b. 1942)

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