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

  • 1654
    Jacob Barsimson arrives in New Amsterdam. He is the first known Jewish immigrant to America.
  • 1711
    Ships from British Admiral Hovenden Walker’s Quebec Expedition founders on rocks at the mouth of the Saint Lawrence River.
  • 1798
    French troops land in Kilcummin harbour, County Mayo, Ireland to aid Wolfe Tone’s United Irishmen’s Irish Rebellion.
  • 1942
    World War II: Brazil declares war on Germany and Italy.
  • 1949
    Queen Charlotte earthquake: Canada’s largest earthquake since the 1700 Cascadia earthquake
  • 1950
    Althea Gibson becomes the first black competitor in international tennis.
  • 1962
    An attempt to assassinate French president Charles de Gaulle fails.
  • 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.
  • 2007
    The Storm botnet, a botnet created by the Storm Worm, sends out a record 57 million e-mails in one day

Who were born on August 22?

  • 1764
    Charles Percier, French architect (d. 1838)
  • 1862
    Claude Debussy, French composer (d. 1918)
  • 1913
    Bruno Pontecorvo, Italian physicist (d. 1993)
  • 1922
    Theoni V. Aldredge, Greek-American stage and screen costume designer (d. 2011)
  • 1936
    Werner Stengel, German roller coaster designer and engineer
  • 1939
    George Reinholt, American actor
  • 1942
    Uğur Mumcu, Turkish journalist and writer (d. 1993)
  • 1951
    Chandra Prakash Mainali, Nepalese politician
  • 1957
    Steve Davis, English snooker player
  • 1975
    Rodrigo Santoro, Brazilian actor

Who died on August 22?

  • 1701
    John Granville, 1st Earl of Bath, English royalist statesman (b. 1628)
  • 1711
    Louis François, duc de Boufflers, French marshal (b. 1644)
  • 1850
    Nikolaus Lenau, Austrian poet (b. 1802)
  • 1861
    Xianfeng, Emperor of China (b. 1831)
  • 1903
    Robert Cecil, 3rd Marquess of Salisbury, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (b. 1830)
  • 1918
    Korbinian Brodmann, German neurologist (b. 1868)
  • 1926
    Charles William Eliot, American University president (b. 1834)
  • 1977
    Sebastian Cabot, English-born actor (b. 1918)
  • 1980
    James Smith McDonnell, American aircraft manufacturer (b. 1899)
  • 2004
    Konstantin Aseev, Russian chess player (b. 1960)

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