On This Day

What Happened on August 22

Important Events

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

Famous Divorces

  • 1927 Actor Charlie Chaplin divorces his 2nd wife Lita Grey after 3 years of marriage in the largest divorce settlement at the time (US$600,000, plus trusts for children )
  • 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
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