What Happened on August 22

Significant Events

  • 1485 Battle of Bosworth Field - Henry Tudor's forces defeat English King Richard III during last battle in the Wars of the Roses
  • 1639 Madras (now Chennai), India, founded by the British East India Company on sliver of land bought from local Nayak rulers
  • 1642 Civil War in England began between Royalists & Parliament
  • 1864 First Geneva Convention adopted in Geneva "for the Amelioration of the Condition of the Wounded in Armies in the Field"
  • 1864 First Geneva Convention, governing the protection of victims in warfare, signed by 12 nations
  • 1945 Vietnam conflict begins as Ho Chi Minh leads a successful coup
More Historical Events

August 22 in Film & TV

  • 1932 BBC begins experimental regular TV broadcasts

August 22 in Music

August 22 in Sport

  • 1851 Yacht "America" wins 1st Royal Yacht Squadron Cup (America's Cup)

Did You Know?

The first air raid in history; Austria launches pilotless balloons against the Italian city of Venice

On August 22, 1849


Would You Believe?

St Columba reports seeing monster in Loch Ness

On August 22, 565

Famous Weddings

  • 1848 Soldier and later US President Ulysses Grant (26) marries Julia Dent
  • 1900 Oil tycoon Edward L. Doheny (44) weds Carrie Estelle Betzold in New Mexico Territory
  • 1925 Prime Minister of Canada Lester B. Pearson (28) weds teacher Maryon Elspeth Moody (23)
  • 1931 FBI agent Melvin Purvis (27) weds childhood sweetheart Marie Rosanne Willcox at St. John's Episcopal Church in Florence, South Carolina
  • 1944 Writer Jack Kerouac (22) weds author Edie Kerouac Parker

Famous Divorces

  • 1968 Cynthia Lennon sues Beatle member John Lennon for divorce on grounds of adultry
  • 2011 Actress Melissa Gilbert (47) divorces actor Bruce Boxleitner (61) due to irreconcilable differences after 16 long years of marriage
  • 2012 "General Hospital" actress Vanessa Marcil (39) divorces actor Carmine Giovinazzo (44) due to irreconcilable differences after 2 years of marriage
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