What happened on August 22? There are more than 306 events that were made this day in history. Here are the important historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

Interesting Facts & Myths About August 22

August 22 In HistoryAugust 22 is the 234th day of the year 2021. There are 131 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Sunday. This day falls under the 33rd week of the year 2021.

On this day in Rochester, New York 14613 sunrise occured at 06:24 AM and sunset occured at 08:01 PM (local time).

The zodiac sign of a person born on this day is Leo. The modern birthstone for this month is Peridot while the mystical birthstone is Diamond.

According to the Chinese calendar, there are 163 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year (February 1, 2022).

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Historical Events For August 22

  • 392
    Arbogast has Eugenius elected Western Roman Emperor.
  • 476
    Odoacer is named Rex italiae by his troops.
  • 565
    St. Columba reports seeing a monster in Loch Ness, Scotland.
  • 851
    Battle of Jengland: Erispoe defeats Charles the Bald near the Breton town of Jengland.
  • 1138
    Battle of the Standard between Scotland and England.
  • 1485
    The Battle of Bosworth Field, the death of Richard III and the end of the House of Plantagenet.
  • 1559
    Bartolomé Carranza, Spanish archbishop, is arrested for heresy.
  • 1639
    Madras (now Chennai), India, is founded by the British East India Company on a sliver of land bought from local Nayak rulers.
  • 1642
    Charles I calls the English Parliament traitors. The English Civil War begins.
  • 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.
  • 1717
    Spanish troops land on Sardinia.
  • 1770
    James Cook names and lands on Possession Island, Queensland and claims the east coast of Australia as New South Wales in the name of King George III.
  • 1777
    American Revolutionary War: British forces abandon the Siege of Fort Stanwix after hearing rumors of Continental Army reinforcements.
  • 1780
    James Cook’s ship HMS Resolution returns to England (Cook having been killed on Hawaii during the voyage).
  • 1791
    Beginning of the Haitian Slave Revolution in Saint-Domingue.
  • 1798
    French troops land in Kilcummin harbour, County Mayo, Ireland to aid Wolfe Tone’s United Irishmen’s Irish Rebellion.
  • 1827
    José de La Mar becomes President of Peru.
  • 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.
  • 1848
    The United States annexes New Mexico.
  • 1849
    The first air raid in history. Austria launches pilotless balloons against the city of Venice.
  • 1851
    The first America’s Cup is won by the yacht America.
  • 1864
    12 nations sign the First Geneva Convention. The Red Cross is formed.
  • 1875
    The Treaty of Saint Petersburg between Japan and Russia is ratified, providing for the exchange of Sakhalin for the Kuril Islands.
  • 1902
    Cadillac Motor Company is founded.
  • 1902
    Theodore Roosevelt becomes the first President of the United States to ride in an automobile.
  • 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.
  • 1914
    World War I: in Belgium, British and German troops clash for the first time in the war.
  • 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.
  • 1926
    Gold is discovered in Johannesburg, South Africa.
  • 1932
    The BBC first experiments with television broadcasting. (See also Timeline of the BBC.)
  • 1934
    Bill Woodfull of Australia becomes the only cricket captain to twice regain The Ashes.
  • 1941
    World War II: German troops reach Leningrad, leading to the siege of Leningrad.
  • 1942
    World War II: Brazil declares war on Germany and Italy.
  • 1944
    World War II: Holocaust of Kedros in Crete by German forces
  • 1944
    World War II: Romania is captured by the Soviet Union.
  • 1949
    Queen Charlotte earthquake: Canada’s largest earthquake since the 1700 Cascadia earthquake
  • 1950
    Althea Gibson becomes the first black competitor in international tennis.
  • 1952
    The penal colony on Devil’s Island is permanently closed.
  • 1961
    Ida Siekmann died attempting to cross the Berlin Wall.
  • 1962
    An attempt to assassinate French president Charles de Gaulle fails.
  • 1962
    The NS Savannah, the world’s first nuclear-powered cargo ship, completes its maiden voyage.
  • 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.
  • 1968
    Pope Paul VI arrives in Bogotá, Colombia. It is the first visit of a pope to Latin America.
  • 1971
    J. Edgar Hoover and John Mitchell announce the arrest of 20 of the Camden 28.
  • 1972
    Rhodesia is expelled by the IOC for its racist policies.
  • 1978
    The Frente Sandinista de Liberacion or FSLN occupies national palace in Nicaragua.
  • 1985
    Manchester Air Disaster sees 55 people killed when a fire breaks out on a commercial aircraft at Manchester Airport.
  • 1989
    Nolan Ryan strikes out Rickey Henderson to become the first Major League Baseball pitcher to record 5,000 strikeouts.
  • 1989
    The first ring of Neptune is discovered.
  • 1992
    FBI HRT sniper Lon Horiuchi shoots and kills Vicki Weaver during an 11-day siege at her home at Ruby Ridge, Idaho.
  • 1996
    Bill Clinton signs welfare reform into law, representing major shift in US welfare policy
  • 2003
    Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore is suspended after refusing to comply with a federal court order to remove a rock inscribed with the Ten Commandments from the lobby of the Alabama Supreme Court building.
  • 2004
    A version of The Scream and Madonna, two paintings by Edvard Munch, are stolen at gunpoint from a museum in Oslo, Norway.
  • 2006
    Pulkovo Aviation Enterprise Flight 612 crashes near the Russian border over eastern Ukraine, killing all 170 people on board.
  • 2007
    The Storm botnet, a botnet created by the Storm Worm, sends out a record 57 million e-mails in one day
  • 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?

  • 1601
    Georges de Scudéry, French writer (d. 1667)
  • 1624
    Jean Renaud de Segrais, French writer (d. 1701)
  • 1647
    Denis Papin, French physicist and inventor (d. c. 1712)
  • 1679
    Pierre Guérin de Tencin, French cardinal (d. 1758)
  • 1760
    Pope Leo XII (d. 1829)
  • 1764
    Charles Percier, French architect (d. 1838)
  • 1771
    Henry Maudslay, English inventor (d. 1831)
  • 1773
    Aimé Bonpland, French explorer (d. 1858)
  • 1779
    James Kirke Paulding, American author (d. 1860)
  • 1800
    Samuel David Luzzatto, Italian-Jewish scholar (d. 1865)
  • 1800
    William S. Harney, U.S. general (d. 1889)
  • 1811
    William Kelly, American inventor (d. 1888)
  • 1822
    Virginia Clemm Poe, wife of Edgar Allan Poe (d. 1847)
  • 1827
    Ezra Butler Eddy, Canadian businessman, industrialist and politician (d. 1906)
  • 1834
    Samuel Pierpont Langley, American astronomer (d. 1906)
  • 1836
    Archibald MacNeal Willard, American artist (d. 1918)
  • 1845
    William Lewis Douglas, 42nd Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1924)
  • 1848
    Melville E. Stone, American newspaper publisher (d. 1929)
  • 1854
    Milan I, King of Serbia (d. 1901)
  • 1857
    Ned Hanlon, American baseball player and manager (d. 1937)
  • 1860
    Eleonore of Reuss-Köstritz, tsaritsa of Bulgaria (d. 1917)
  • 1860
    Paul Gottlieb Nipkow, German inventor (d. 1940)
  • 1862
    Claude Debussy, French composer (d. 1918)
  • 1867
    Maximilian Bircher-Benner, Swiss physician and nutritionist (d. 1939)
  • 1873
    Alexander Bogdanov, Russian physician and philosopher (d. 1928)
  • 1874
    Max Scheler, German philosopher (d. 1928)
  • 1880
    George Herriman, American cartoonist (d. 1944)
  • 1880
    Gorch Fock, German author and poet (d. 1916)
  • 1887
    Lutz Graf Schwerin von Krosigk, German minister of finance (d. 1977)
  • 1891
    Jacques Lipchitz, Lithuanian/American sculptor (d. 1973)
  • 1893
    Dorothy Parker, American writer (d. 1967)
  • 1893
    Wilfred Kitching, British Salvation Army general (d. 1977)
  • 1895
    László Almásy, Hungarian aristocrat and aviator (d. 1951)
  • 1895
    Paul Comtois, French Canadian politician (d. 1966)
  • 1900
    Sergei Ozhegov, Russian lexicographer (d. 1964)
  • 1902
    Leni Riefenstahl, German film director (d. 2003)
  • 1902
    Thomas Pelly, American politician (d. 1973)
  • 1904
    Deng Xiaoping, Chinese statesman (d. 1997)
  • 1908
    Erwin Thiesies, German rugby player and coach (d. 1993)
  • 1908
    Henri Cartier-Bresson, French photographer (d. 2004)
  • 1909
    Julius J. Epstein, American screenwriter (d. 2000)
  • 1909
    Lucille Ricksen, American actress (d. 1925)
  • 1909
    Mel Hein, American football player (d. 1992)
  • 1912
    John Lee Hooker, American musician (d. 2001)
  • 1913
    Bruno Pontecorvo, Italian physicist (d. 1993)
  • 1913
    Leonard Pagliero, British stationer (d. 2008)
  • 1915
    David Dellinger, American social rights activist (d. 2004)
  • 1915
    Edward Szczepanik, Polish politician (d. 2005)
  • 1915
    Hugh Paddick, British actor (d. 2000)
  • 1915
    James Hillier, Canadian-born American scientist and inventor (d. 2007)
  • 1918
    Mary McGrory, American journalist (d. 2004)
  • 1920
    Denton Cooley, American heart surgeon
  • 1920
    Ray Bradbury, American writer
  • 1921
    Dinos Dimopoulos, Greek film director and screenwriter (d. 2003)
  • 1922
    Micheline Presle, French actress
  • 1922
    Theoni V. Aldredge, Greek-American stage and screen costume designer (d. 2011)
  • 1925
    Honor Blackman, English actress
  • 1925
    James Kirkwood, Jr., American playwright and author (d. 1989)
  • 1928
    Karlheinz Stockhausen, German composer (d. 2007)
  • 1928
    Tinga Seisay, Sierra Leonean diplomat and pro-democracy advocate
  • 1930
    Gilmar, Brazilian football player
  • 1932
    Gerald P. Carr, American astronaut
  • 1934
    Norman Schwarzkopf, U.S. general
  • 1934
    Sir Donald McIntyre, English bass-baritone
  • 1935
    E. Annie Proulx, American author
  • 1936
    Dale Hawkins, American singer and songwriter (d. 2010)
  • 1936
    John Callaway, American journalist (d. 2009)
  • 1936
    Werner Stengel, German roller coaster designer and engineer
  • 1938
    Paul Maguire, American football commentator
  • 1939
    Carl Yastrzemski, American baseball player
  • 1939
    George Reinholt, American actor
  • 1939
    Valerie Harper, American actress
  • 1940
    Bill McCartney, American football coach
  • 1941
    Bill Parcells, American football coach
  • 1941
    Hannspeter Winter, Austrian plasma physicist
  • 1942
    Uğur Mumcu, Turkish journalist and writer (d. 1993)
  • 1943
    Masatoshi Shima, Japanese computer scientist
  • 1944
    Peter Hofmann, Czech-born German operatic tenor (d. 2010)
  • 1945
    Erol Gelenbe, Turkish computer scientist and mathematician
  • 1945
    Ron Dante, American songwriter and record producer (The Archies)
  • 1947
    Cindy Williams, American actress
  • 1947
    Donna Godchaux, American singer (Grateful Dead)
  • 1948
    Eleonora Brown, Italian actress
  • 1949
    Þórarinn Eldjárn, Icelandic writer
  • 1949
    Diana Nyad, American swimmer
  • 1949
    Doug Bair, baseball player
  • 1950
    Lewis Libby, American White House Chief of Staff for George W. Bush
  • 1950
    Ray Burris, American baseball player
  • 1951
    Chandra Prakash Mainali, Nepalese politician
  • 1952
    Peter Laughner, American musician (Rocket From the Tombs, Pere Ubu) (d. 1977)
  • 1953
    Paul Ellering, American wrestling manager
  • 1955
    Chiranjeevi, Indian film actor
  • 1955
    Will Shetterly, American writer
  • 1956
    Paul Molitor, baseball player
  • 1957
    Steve Davis, English snooker player
  • 1958
    Colm Feore, American actor
  • 1958
    Lane Huffman, American professional wrestler
  • 1958
    Vernon Reid, American musician (Living Colour)
  • 1959
    Juan Croucier, American musician
  • 1959
    Pia Gjellerup, Danish politician
  • 1960
    Holger Gehrke, German footballer
  • 1961
    Andres Calamaro, Argentine musician
  • 1961
    Debbi Peterson, American musician (The Bangles)
  • 1961
    Roland Orzabal, British musician (Tears for Fears)
  • 1963
    Terry Catledge, American basketball player
  • 1963
    Tori Amos, American singer/songwriter
  • 1964
    Mats Wilander, Swedish tennis player
  • 1964
    Tom Gibis, American voice actor
  • 1965
    Chen Liping, Singaporean actress
  • 1965
    Courtney Gains, American actor
  • 1966
    Eric Andolsek, American football player (d. 1992)
  • 1966
    GZA, American rapper
  • 1966
    Rob Witschge, Dutch footballer
  • 1967
    Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, British actor
  • 1967
    Alfred Gough, American screenwriter
  • 1967
    Ant, American comedian
  • 1967
    Bill Welke, American baseball umpire
  • 1967
    Layne Staley, American musician (Alice in Chains) (d. 2002)
  • 1967
    Ty Burrell, American actor
  • 1967
    Yukiko Okada, Japanese singer (d. 1986)
  • 1968
    Alexander Mostovoi, Russian footballer
  • 1968
    Casper Christensen, Danish comedian
  • 1968
    Horst Skoff, Austrian tennis player (d. 2008)
  • 1968
    Paul Colman, Australian guitarist (Newsboys)
  • 1968
    Rich Lowry, American magazine editor
  • 1970
    Charlie Connelly, English writer
  • 1970
    Giada De Laurentiis, Italian-born American chef and television host
  • 1970
    Tímea Nagy, Hungarian fencer
  • 1971
    Craig Finn, American musician (The Hold Steady)
  • 1971
    Richard Armitage, English actor
  • 1971
    Rick Yune, American actor
  • 1972
    Max Wilson, Brazilian racing driver
  • 1972
    Okkert Brits, South African pole vaulter
  • 1972
    Paul Doucette, American drummer (Matchbox 20)
  • 1972
    Steve Kline, American baseball player
  • 1973
    Howie Dorough, American singer (Backstreet Boys)
  • 1973
    Kristen Wiig, American comedian
  • 1974
    Agustín Pichot, Argentine rugby player
  • 1974
    Brimstone, American professional wrestler
  • 1974
    Stefano Verderi, Italian guitarist
  • 1975
    Clint Bolton, Australian footballer
  • 1975
    Davor Krznarić, Croatian footballer
  • 1975
    Rodrigo Santoro, Brazilian actor
  • 1975
    Sheree Murphy, British actress
  • 1976
    Randy Wolf, American baseball player
  • 1977
    Heiðar Helguson, Icelandic footballer
  • 1977
    Jenna Leigh Green, American actress
  • 1978
    Ed Petrie, British television presenter
  • 1978
    Giannis Gagaloudis, Greek basketball player
  • 1978
    Jeff Stinco, Canadian musician (Simple Plan)
  • 1979
    Brandon Quintin Adams, American actor
  • 1979
    Jennifer Finnigan, Canadian-born actress
  • 1979
    Matt Walters, American football player
  • 1980
    Christi Shake, American model and actress
  • 1980
    Nicolas Macrozonaris, French-Canadian track-and-field athlete
  • 1980
    Roland Benschneider, German footballer
  • 1981
    Alex Holmes, American football player
  • 1981
    Saito Takumi, Japanese actor and model
  • 1983
    Laura Breckenridge, American actress
  • 1983
    Theo Bos, Dutch cyclist
  • 1984
    Lawrence Quaye, Ghanaian–Qatari footballer
  • 1984
    Lee Camp, English footballer
  • 1985
    Jonathan Solofa Fatu, American wrestler
  • 1985
    Joshua Samuel Fatu, American wrestler
  • 1985
    Kether Donahue, American voice actress
  • 1986
    Keiko Kitagawa, Japanese actress
  • 1987
    Leonardo Moracci, Italian footballer
  • 1991
    Brayden Schenn, Canadian hockey player
  • 1991
    Federico Macheda, Italian footballer
  • 1999
    Dakota Goyo, Canadian Actor

Who Died On August 22?

  • 408
    Stilicho, Roman general (b. 359)
  • 1155
    Emperor Konoe, of Japan (b. 1139)
  • 1188
    Ferdinand II, King of León (b. 1137)
  • 1241
    Pope Gregory IX, (b. c.1143)
  • 1280
    Pope Nicholas III (b. c.1216)
  • 1304
    John II, Count of Hainaut (b. 1247)
  • 1350
    Philip VI, King of France (b. 1293)
  • 1358
    Isabella, Queen of England (b. c. 1295)
  • 1485
    King Richard III of England (b. 1452)
  • 1553
    John Dudley, 1st Duke of Northumberland, English admiral and politician (b. 1504)
  • 1572
    Thomas Percy, 7th Earl of Northumberland (b. 1528)
  • 1584
    Jan Kochanowski, Polish writer (b. 1530)
  • 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)
  • 1652
    Jacob De la Gardie, Swedish soldier and statesman (b. 1583)
  • 1680
    John George II, Elector of Saxony (b. 1613)
  • 1701
    John Granville, 1st Earl of Bath, English royalist statesman (b. 1628)
  • 1711
    Louis François, duc de Boufflers, French marshal (b. 1644)
  • 1752
    William Whiston, English mathematician (b. 1667)
  • 1773
    George Lyttelton, English writer and politician (b. 1709)
  • 1793
    Cäcilia Weber, German mother-in-law of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (b. 1727)
  • 1793
    Louis, 4th duc de Noailles, Marshal of France (b. 1713)
  • 1797
    Dagobert Sigmund von Wurmser, Alsatian-born Austrian general (b. 1724)
  • 1806
    Jean-Honoré Fragonard, French artist (b. 1732)
  • 1818
    Warren Hastings, British Governor-General of India (b. 1732)
  • 1828
    Franz Joseph Gall, Austrian neuroscientist (b. 1758)
  • 1850
    Nikolaus Lenau, Austrian poet (b. 1802)
  • 1861
    Xianfeng, Emperor of China (b. 1831)
  • 1888
    Ágoston Trefort, Hungarian politician (b. 1817)
  • 1891
    Jan Neruda, Czech author (b. 1834)
  • 1903
    Robert Cecil, 3rd Marquess of Salisbury, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (b. 1830)
  • 1904
    Kate Chopin, American author (b. 1850)
  • 1909
    Henry Radcliffe Crocker, British dermatologist (b. 1846)
  • 1914
    Giacomo Radini-Tedeschi Italian religious figure (b. 1859)
  • 1918
    Korbinian Brodmann, German neurologist (b. 1868)
  • 1922
    Michael Collins, Irish revolutionary (b. 1890)
  • 1926
    Charles William Eliot, American University president (b. 1834)
  • 1940
    Sir Oliver Joseph Lodge, English physicist (b. 1851)
  • 1942
    Michel Fokine, Russian choreographer and dancer (b. 1880)
  • 1946
    Döme Sztójay, Hungarian soldier and diplomat (b. 1883)
  • 1950
    Kirk Bryan, American geologist (b. 1888)
  • 1951
    J. P. Bickell, Canadian businessman and sports team owner (b. 1884)
  • 1953
    Jim Tabor, American baseball player (b. 1916)
  • 1958
    Roger Martin du Gard, French writer, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1881)
  • 1960
    Eduard Pütsep, Estonian wrestler (b. 1898)
  • 1965
    Ellen Church, American airline stewardess (b. 1904)
  • 1967
    Gregory Goodwin Pincus, American endocrinologist (b. 1903)
  • 1970
    Vladimir Propp, Russian structuralist scholar (b. 1895)
  • 1973
    Louise Huff, American actress (b. 1895)
  • 1974
    Jacob Bronowski, Polish-English mathematician & TV presenter (b. 1908)
  • 1976
    Gina Bachauer, Greek pianist (b. 1913)
  • 1976
    Juscelino Kubitschek de Oliveira, President of Brazil (b. 1902)
  • 1977
    Sebastian Cabot, English-born actor (b. 1918)
  • 1978
    Jomo Kenyatta, first President of Kenya (b. c.1892)
  • 1979
    James T. Farrell, American novelist (b. 1904)
  • 1980
    Alfred Neubauer, German racing team manager (b. 1891)
  • 1980
    James Smith McDonnell, American aircraft manufacturer (b. 1899)
  • 1989
    Huey P. Newton, American activist (b. 1942)
  • 1989
    Robert Grondelaers, Belgian cyclist (b. 1933)
  • 1991
    Colleen Dewhurst, Canadian actress (b. 1924)
  • 1994
    Gilles Groulx, French-Canadian film director (b. 1931)
  • 2003
    Arnold Gerschwiler, Swiss figure skating trainer (b. 1914)
  • 2003
    Generosa Ammon, American widow of Ted Ammon (b. 1956)
  • 2003
    Imperio Argentina, Argentinian singer and actress (b. 1906)
  • 2004
    Al Dvorin, American Elvis Presley concert announcer (b. 1922)
  • 2004
    Daniel Petrie, Canadian television and movie director (b. 1920)
  • 2004
    Konstantin Aseev, Russian chess player (b. 1960)
  • 2004
    Sir Angus Bethune, Premier of Tasmania (b. 1908)
  • 2005
    Ernest Kirkendall, American scientist (b. 1914)
  • 2005
    Luc Ferrari, French composer (b. 1929)
  • 2006
    Bruce Gary, American rock drummer (The Knack) (b. 1951)
  • 2008
    Gladys Powers, Canadian World War I veteran (b. 1899)
  • 2009
    Elmer Kelton, American Western novelist (b. 1926)
  • 2010
    Stjepan Bobek, Yugoslav football player (b. 1923)
  • 2011
    Jack Layton, Canadian politician (b. 1950)
  • 2011
    Jerry Leiber, American songwriter (b. 1933)
  • 2011
    Nick Ashford, American songwriter (b. 1942)

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