About August 22

August 22, 2020 is the 235th day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 131 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Saturday.

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Leo is the sun 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 174 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On August 22

  • 851
    Battle of Jengland: Erispoe defeats Charles the Bald near the Breton town of Jengland.
  • 1485
    The Battle of Bosworth Field, the death of Richard III and the end of the House of Plantagenet.
  • 1711
    Ships from British Admiral Hovenden Walker’s Quebec Expedition founders on rocks at the mouth of the Saint Lawrence River.
  • 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.
  • 1848
    The United States annexes New Mexico.
  • 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
    Theodore Roosevelt becomes the first President of the United States to ride in an automobile.
  • 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.
  • 1944
    World War II: Romania is captured by the Soviet Union.
  • 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.
  • 1963
    American Joe Walker in an X-15 test plane reaches an altitude of 106 km.
  • 1968
    Pope Paul VI arrives in Bogotá, Colombia. It is the first visit of a pope to Latin America.
  • 1972
    Rhodesia is expelled by the IOC for its racist policies.
  • 1985
    Manchester Air Disaster sees 55 people killed when a fire breaks out on a commercial aircraft at Manchester Airport.

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