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, 417,600 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 ‘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.
  • 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.
  • 1910
    Korea is annexed by Japan with the signing of the Japan–Korea Annexation Treaty, beginning a period of Japanese rule of Korea that lasted until the end of World War II.
  • 1926
    Gold is discovered in Johannesburg, South Africa.
  • 1942
    World War II: Brazil declares war on Germany and Italy.
  • 1944
    World War II: Romania is captured by the Soviet Union.
  • 1989
    Nolan Ryan strikes out Rickey Henderson to become the first Major League Baseball pitcher to record 5,000 strikeouts.
  • 1996
    Bill Clinton signs welfare reform into law, representing major shift in US welfare policy
  • 2007
    The Texas Rangers rout the Baltimore Orioles 30–3, the most runs scored by a team in modern MLB history.

Who were born on August 22?

  • 1909
    Julius J. Epstein, American screenwriter (d. 2000)
  • 1912
    John Lee Hooker, American musician (d. 2001)
  • 1913
    Bruno Pontecorvo, Italian physicist (d. 1993)
  • 1913
    Leonard Pagliero, British stationer (d. 2008)
  • 1934
    Norman Schwarzkopf, U.S. general
  • 1965
    Courtney Gains, American actor
  • 1967
    Ty Burrell, American actor
  • 1968
    Rich Lowry, American magazine editor
  • 1973
    Howie Dorough, American singer (Backstreet Boys)
  • 1984
    Lee Camp, English footballer

Who died on August 22?

  • 408
    Stilicho, Roman general (b. 359)
  • 1188
    Ferdinand II, King of León (b. 1137)
  • 1358
    Isabella, Queen of England (b. c. 1295)
  • 1607
    Bartholomew Gosnold, English explorer and privateer (b. 1572)
  • 1850
    Nikolaus Lenau, Austrian poet (b. 1802)
  • 1888
    Ágoston Trefort, Hungarian politician (b. 1817)
  • 1942
    Michel Fokine, Russian choreographer and dancer (b. 1880)
  • 2003
    Imperio Argentina, Argentinian singer and actress (b. 1906)
  • 2010
    Stjepan Bobek, Yugoslav football player (b. 1923)
  • 2011
    Jerry Leiber, American songwriter (b. 1933)

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