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, 24,530,400 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 ‘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

  • 1485
    The Battle of Bosworth Field, the death of Richard III and the end of the House of Plantagenet.
  • 1717
    Spanish troops land on Sardinia.
  • 1780
    James Cook’s ship HMS Resolution returns to England (Cook having been killed on Hawaii during the voyage).
  • 1827
    José de La Mar becomes President of Peru.
  • 1932
    The BBC first experiments with television broadcasting. (See also Timeline of the BBC.)
  • 1961
    Ida Siekmann died attempting to cross the Berlin Wall.
  • 1963
    American Joe Walker in an X-15 test plane reaches an altitude of 106 km.
  • 1966
    Labor movements NFWA and AWOC merge to become the United Farm Workers Organizing Committee (UFWOC), predecessor of the United Farm Workers.
  • 1989
    The first ring of Neptune is discovered.
  • 1996
    Bill Clinton signs welfare reform into law, representing major shift in US welfare policy

Who were born on August 22?

  • 1800
    William S. Harney, U.S. general (d. 1889)
  • 1822
    Virginia Clemm Poe, wife of Edgar Allan Poe (d. 1847)
  • 1845
    William Lewis Douglas, 42nd Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1924)
  • 1945
    Erol Gelenbe, Turkish computer scientist and mathematician
  • 1947
    Cindy Williams, American actress
  • 1947
    Donna Godchaux, American singer (Grateful Dead)
  • 1948
    Eleonora Brown, Italian actress
  • 1953
    Paul Ellering, American wrestling manager
  • 1958
    Colm Feore, American actor
  • 1980
    Nicolas Macrozonaris, French-Canadian track-and-field athlete

Who died on August 22?

  • 1304
    John II, Count of Hainaut (b. 1247)
  • 1584
    Jan Kochanowski, Polish writer (b. 1530)
  • 1652
    Jacob De la Gardie, Swedish soldier and statesman (b. 1583)
  • 1793
    Cäcilia Weber, German mother-in-law of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (b. 1727)
  • 1888
    Ágoston Trefort, Hungarian politician (b. 1817)
  • 1958
    Roger Martin du Gard, French writer, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1881)
  • 1974
    Jacob Bronowski, Polish-English mathematician & TV presenter (b. 1908)
  • 1989
    Huey P. Newton, American activist (b. 1942)
  • 2006
    Bruce Gary, American rock drummer (The Knack) (b. 1951)
  • 2009
    Elmer Kelton, American Western novelist (b. 1926)

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