Wikipedia defines history as the discovery, collection, organization, and presentation of information about past events. It came from the Greek word ‘historia’ – which means ‘inquiry, knowledge acquired by investigation’.

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This website utilizes pages from Wikipedia to extract historical events from 3761 BC up to the present. There are 105,062 records in the database that include events, births and deaths of popular individuals. The present day Gregorian calendar was adopted to show dates of interest.

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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

  • 1639
    Madras (now Chennai), India, is founded by the British East India Company on a sliver of land bought from local Nayak rulers.
  • 1961
    Ida Siekmann died attempting to cross the Berlin Wall.
  • 1962
    An attempt to assassinate French president Charles de Gaulle fails.
  • 1971
    J. Edgar Hoover and John Mitchell announce the arrest of 20 of the Camden 28.
  • 2006
    Pulkovo Aviation Enterprise Flight 612 crashes near the Russian border over eastern Ukraine, killing all 170 people on board.

Who were born on August 22?

  • 1771
    Henry Maudslay, English inventor (d. 1831)
  • 1874
    Max Scheler, German philosopher (d. 1928)
  • 1942
    Uğur Mumcu, Turkish journalist and writer (d. 1993)
  • 1961
    Debbi Peterson, American musician (The Bangles)
  • 1968
    Alexander Mostovoi, Russian footballer

Who died on August 22?

  • 1680
    John George II, Elector of Saxony (b. 1613)
  • 1960
    Eduard Pütsep, Estonian wrestler (b. 1898)
  • 2003
    Imperio Argentina, Argentinian singer and actress (b. 1906)
  • 2004
    Al Dvorin, American Elvis Presley concert announcer (b. 1922)
  • 2008
    Gladys Powers, Canadian World War I veteran (b. 1899)

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