Historical Events on August 22

  • August
  • 392 Arbogast has Eugenius elected Western Roman Emperor.
  • 565 St Columba reports seeing monster in Loch Ness
  • 851 Erispoe defeats Charles the Bald near the Breton town of Jengland.
  • 1138 English defeat the Scottish at Cowton Moor, Yorkshire. Banners of various saints carried into battle - led to the name Battle of the Standard
  • 1454 Jews are expelled from Brunn Moravia by order of King Ladislaus
  • 1485 Battle of Bosworth Field - Henry Tudor's forces defeat English King Richard III during last battle in the Wars of the Roses

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1543 Emperor Charles V's army occupies Duren

Holy Roman Emperor Charles V
Holy Roman Emperor
Charles V
  • 1559 Spanish archbishop Bartholome de Carranza arrested as heretic
  • 1572 Failed assassination on Gaspard de Coligny, a French nobleman and admiral, a Huguenot leader in the French Wars of Religion

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1582 King James VI of Scotland captured

King of Great Britain James I and VI
King of Great Britain
James I and VI
  • 1603 1st stones layed in Zuiderkerk Amsterdam
  • 1614 Trades people under Vincent Fettmilch chase & plunder Jews out of ghetto in Frankfurt

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1632 Prince Frederick Henry occupies Maastricht

Prince of Orange Frederick Henry
Prince of Orange
Frederick Henry
  • 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
  • 1654 Jacob Barsimson arrives in New Amsterdam (modern day Manhattan) aboard the Peartree, one of the first Jewish colonists

  • 1707 Prince Eugenius van Savoye siege of Toulon
  • 1707 Sweden & Prussia sign military treaty
  • 1717 Spanish troops land on Sardinia
  • 1762 1st female (Ann Franklin) US newspaper editor, Newport, Rhode Island, Mercury

DiscoveryHistoric Expedition

1770 James Cook's expedition lands on the east coast of Australia

Explorer James Cook
James Cook
  • 1775 King George III proclaims colonies to be in open rebellion
  • 1780 HMS Resolution, without Captain James Cook, returns to England
  • 1787 John Fitch's steamboat completes its tests, years before Fulton
  • 1788 Sierra Leone settled by British as a haven for former slaves
  • 1791 Haitian Slave Revolution begins under voodoo priest Boukman
  • 1798 French troops land in Kilcummin harbour, County Mayo, Ireland to aid Wolfe Tone's United Irishmen's Irish Rebellion.
  • 1826 Colonies under Jedediah Strong Smith move near Salt Lake Utah
  • 1827 José de La Mar becomes President of Peru
  • 1848 The United States annexes New Mexico
  • 1849 The first air raid in history; Austria launches pilotless balloons against the Italian city of Venice
  • 1851 Gold fields discovered in Australia
  • 1851 Yacht "America" wins 1st Royal Yacht Squadron Cup (America's Cup)
  • 1862 Battle of Catlett's Station, VA
  • 1862 Santee Sioux indian attack Fort Ridgely
  • 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
  • 1865 William Sheppard is issued the first US patent for liquid soap
  • 1875 The Treaty of Saint Petersburg between Japan and Russia is ratified, providing for the exchange of Sakhalin for the Kuril Islands.
  • 1877 Nez Perce (Niimíipu) indians flee into Yellowstone National Park
  • 1885 US Men's National Tennis Championship, Newport R.I.: Richard Sears beats Godfrey M. Brinley 6-3, 4-6, 6-0, 6-3

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1894 Mahatma Gandhi forms the Natal Indian Congress (NIC) in order to fight discrimination against Indian traders in Natal

Pacifist and Spiritual Leader Mahatma Gandhi
Pacifist and Spiritual Leader
Mahatma Gandhi
  • 1898 18th U.S. Men's National Championship: Malcolm Whitman beats Dwight F. Davis (3-6, 6-2, 6-2, 6-1)
  • 1901 Cadillac Motor Company is founded.

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1902 US President Theodore Roosevelt became 1st US chief executive to ride in a car

26th US President Theodore Roosevelt
26th US President
Theodore Roosevelt
  • 1906 1st Victor Victrola manufactured
  • 1910 Japan annexes Korea after 5 years as a protectorate
  • 1912 England defeat Australia to win the Triangular Tournament
  • 1914 Battle at Charleroi begins: Gen von Bulows troops beat French
  • 1914 1st encounter between British & German troops (in Belgium)
  • 1914 Battle in Ardennen: Neufchateau, Rossignal, Tintigny & Virton
  • 1914 Canada's Finance Act, 1914, receives assent
  • 1914 General Martos' troops occupy Soldau/Neidenburg, East Prussia
  • 1914 German troops execute 384 inhabitants of Tamines, Belgium

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1914 WW1: Von Ludendorff and Paul von Hindenburg move into East Prussia enroute to Russia

German President and WWI General Paul von Hindenburg
German President and WWI General
Paul von Hindenburg
  • 1917 Pittsburgh Pirates play 4th straight extra inning game, Carson Bigbee sets record of 11 at-bats, they lose in 22 innings to Dodgers

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1921 J. Edgar Hoover becomes Assistant Director of the FBI

First Director of the FBI J. Edgar Hoover
First Director of the FBI
J. Edgar Hoover

Sports record brokenWorld Record

1923 Paavo Nurmi runs world record mile (4:10.4)

Runner nicknamed the
Runner nicknamed the "Flying Finn"
Paavo Nurmi
  • 1926 Gold discovered in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 1926 Greek dictator Gen Pangulos driven out

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1927 Babe Ruth hits 40th of 60 homers

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • 1930 Australia regain Ashes on 6th day of 5th Cricket Test
  • 1932 BBC begins experimental regular TV broadcasts
  • 1933 Bill Veeck urges midsummer inter-league games & a split season
  • 1933 International Zionists Congress opens in Prague
  • 1934 Australia beat England by 562 runs to regain Cricket Ashes
  • 1934 Red Sox pitcher Wes Ferrell hits 2 HRs to beat White Sox 3-2 in 12
  • 1939 Dutch border guards take positions for German invasion
  • 1939 Premier De Geer recalls Dutch holidaymakers in Black Forest
  • 1941 Nazi troops reach Lenningrad
  • 1942 Brazil declares war on Germany, Japan & Italy
  • 1943 Soviet troops free Karkov

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1944 Adolf Hitler orders Paris to be destroyed [or 23rd]

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • 1944 Last transport of French Jews to nazi-Germany
  • 1945 Bob Cristofani scores 110 for Aust Services at Old Trafford
  • 1945 Noel Coward's revue "Sigh no More" premieres in London

BattleCoup d'état

1945 Vietnam conflict begins as Ho Chi Minh leads a successful coup

Vietnamese Communist Revolutionary Ho Chi Minh
Vietnamese Communist Revolutionary
Ho Chi Minh
  • 1946 Baseball approves a 168-game schedule, but later rescinds it
  • 1946 Mikko Hietanen wins Oslo marathon (2:24:55)
  • 1947 14th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: All-Stars 16, Chicago Bears 0 (105,840)
  • 1950 Abdel Rehim swims English Channel (10:50)
  • 1950 Althea Gibson becomes 1st black competitor in a US national tennis competition
  • 1950 Rotterdam dock strike ends
  • 1951 Harlem Globetrotters play in Olympic Stadium, Berlin before 75,052
  • 1952 The penal colony on Devil's Island is permanently closed.
  • 1953 John Norman Lewis contends players have no desire to form a union
  • 1953 Shah of Iran returns to Tehran
  • 1954 WPTV TV channel 5 in Palm Beach, FL (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1954 15th Venice Film Festival: "Romeo and Juliet" directed by Renato Castellani wins Golden Lion
  • 1954 Juan Manuel Fangio of Argentina clinches his second Formula 1 World Drivers Championship by winning Swiss Grand Prix at Bremgarten in a Maserati

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1956 Elvis Presley begins filming "Love Me Tender" (The Reno Brothers)

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley

Electoral defeatPresidential Convention

1956 US President Eisenhower and VP Richard Nixon renominated by Republican convention in San Francisco

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1957 Floyd Patterson KOs Pete Rademacher in 6 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion Floyd Patterson
Boxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion
Floyd Patterson
  • 1957 Olympic heavyweight boxing champion Pete Rademacher becomes first to contest the world heavyweight championship in his first professional bout; knocked out by Floyd Patterson in 6th round at Sicks' Stadium, Seattle
  • 1958 Argos' Boyd Carter, Dave Mann combine for record 131-yd punt return
  • 1958 Great Britain performs atmospheric nuclear test at Christmas Island
  • 1959 Cincinnati Red Frank Robinson hits 3 consecutive HRs

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1960 Gil Hodges set NL righty HR record with #352

MLB First Baseman Gil Hodges
MLB First Baseman
Gil Hodges
  • 1961 Maris hits his 50th of 61 homers

MurderAssassination Attempt

1962 Failed assassination attempt on French president Charles de Gaulle

French President Charles de Gaulle
French President
Charles de Gaulle
  • 1962 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • 1962 Savannah, world's 1st nuclear-powered ship, completes maiden voyage from Yorktown, Va, to Savannah, Ga
  • 1963 NASA civilian test pilot Joe Walker in the X-15 rocket plane achieves a world record altitude of 354,200 feet (107,960 m, 67 miles)
  • 1964 Guinee, Liberia & Ivory Coast form joint market
  • 1964 Supreme's "Where Did Our Love Go" reaches #1

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1964 Civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer speaks at the US Democratic National Convention about her efforts to register to vote in Mississippi

Civil Rights Activist Fannie Lou Hamer
Civil Rights Activist
Fannie Lou Hamer
  • 1965 San Francisco Giants pitcher Juan Marachal hits LA Dodger catcher John Roseboro on the head with his bat causing a 14 minute brawl
  • 1966 The Beatles arrive in New York

BeatificationPapal Visit

1968 1st papal visit to Latin America, Pope Paul VI arrives in Bogota to open a Eucharistic congress.

Pope Paul VI
Paul VI
  • 1968 The Society of Labour Lawyers (SLL) publishes an 'interim report' about alleged discrimination in Northern Ireland; the report is heavily criticised by unionists.
  • 1969 Beatles record a video for "Long & Winding Road"

  • 1969 Gloria O Smith (NY) crowned 2nd Miss Black America
  • 1971 Bolivian military coup under col Hugo Banzer, pres Torres driven out
  • 1971 J. Edgar Hoover and John Mitchell announce the arrest of 20 of the "Camden 28".
  • 1971 Approximately 130 non-Unionist councillors announce their withdrawal from participation on district councils across Northern Ireland in protest against Internment (allowing suspected terrorists to be indefinitely detained without trial)
  • 1972 Rhodesia is expelled by the International Olympic Committee for its racist policies.
  • 1972 IRA bomb explodes prematurely at a customs post at Newry, County Down - 9 people, including three members of the IRA and five Catholic civilians, are killed in the explosion
  • 1973 Chilean parliament accuses pres Allende violating laws
  • 1975 McNichols Sports Arena in Denver opens
  • 1978 Sandinistas occupy National Palace in Managua, Nicaragua
  • 1979 200 black leaders meet in NY to support Andrew Young
  • 1980 Bill Veeck agrees to sell Chicago White Sox to Eddie DeBartolo Sr for $20,000,000, AL owners block the sale
  • 1980 Leaders of Port Elizabeth's Black secondary school children in South Africa decided to end a four month boycott of classes
  • 1982 Israeli General Ariel Sharon urges Palestinians to discuss peaceful coexistence
  • 1982 Joanne Carner wins LPGA Chevrolet World Championship of Women's Golf
  • 1984 Evelyn Ashford of US ties world women's mark for 100 m, 10.76 sec
  • 1984 Last Volkswagen Rabbit produced
  • 1984 Met pitcher Dwight Gooden becomes 11th rookie to strikeout 200

Electoral defeatPresidential Convention

1984 Republican convention in Dallas renominates President Ronald Reagan and Vice President George H. W. Bush

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
41st US President George H. W. Bush
41st US President
George H. W. Bush
  • 1984 The United Democratic Front, an internal coalition of anti-apartheid groups in South Africa, organizes a highly successful boycotts of the Colored and Indian elections to parliament
  • 1985 30th Walker Cup: US wins 13-11
  • 1985 Airtours Boeing-737 crashes at Manchester airport, 55 killed
  • 1986 NASA announces tests designed to verify ignition pressure dynamics

Film release premierFilm Release

1986 "Stand By Me" film based on the novella by Stephen King, directed by Rob Reiner starring Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, and Jerry O'Connell is released

Actor River Phoenix
River Phoenix
Horror Author Stephen King
Horror Author
Stephen King

Music release#1 in the Charts

1987 Madonna's "Who's That Girl" single goes #1

Pop Star Madonna
Pop Star
  • 1988 Australia unveils 1st platinum coin (Koala)
  • 1988 NBC premieres "Later" with Bob Costas (1st guest Linda Ellerbee)
  • 1988 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1989 1st complete ring around Neptune discovered

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1989 Nolan Ryan strikes out his 5,000th batter (Rickey Henderson)

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan
MLB Outfielder Rickey Henderson
MLB Outfielder
Rickey Henderson

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1990 US President George H. W. Bush calls up military reserves

41st US President George H. W. Bush
41st US President
George H. W. Bush
  • 1991 Krizstina Egerszegi swims world record 100m backstroke (1:00.31)
  • 1992 Matthews & Warne spin Australia to a famous win v Sri Lanka
  • 1992 FBI HRT sniper Lon Horiuchi shoots and kills Vicki Weaver during an 11-day siege at her home at Ruby Ridge, Idaho.
  • 1993 "In the Summer House" closes at Beaumont Theater NYC after 25 performances

MurderMurder of Interest

1994 DNA testing links O.J. Simpson to murder of Nicole Simpson & Ron Goldman

NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal O.J. Simpson
NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal
O.J. Simpson
  • 1994 Wim Cook government forms in Netherlands
  • 1996 ANC makes its first submission to Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC)
  • 1998 South Africa beats Australia, 29-15 in Johannesburg to win their first Tri Nations Rugby Series with an unbeaten record; Springboks fullback Percy Montgomery lands 5 penalties and 2 conversions
  • 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

Person of InterestThe Scream

2004 "The Scream" (1910 painted version) and "Madonna", two paintings by Edvard Munch, are stolen at gunpoint from the Munch Museum in Oslo, Norway.
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"The Scream", pastel on cardboard by Edvard Munch

  • 2004 Athens Olympic marathon is run on same route as 1896 Games, start at site of the Battle of Marathon to the Panathenaic Stadium in Athens: Mizuki Noguchi of Japan wins women's gold in 2:26:20
  • 2004 American sprinter Justin Gatlin wins the coveted Olympic 100m gold medal in Athens in 9.85 ahead of Francis Obikwelu of Portugal & American Maurice Greene
  • 2004 After winning the doubles tennis gold medal at the Athens Olympics, Chile's Nicolás Massú wins the men's singles gold 6–3, 3–6, 2–6, 6–3, 6–4 over American Mardy Fish
  • 2004 The rowing program at the Athens Olympics ends with the United States winning the men's eights, and Romania taking the gold in the women's eights
  • 2004 Justine Henin of Belgium wins the women's singles tennis gold medal at the Athens Olympics 6-3, 6-3 over Amélie Mauresmo of France
  • 2007 The Texas Rangers rout the Baltimore Orioles 30-3, the most runs scored by a team in modern MLB history.
  • 2007 The Storm botnet, a botnet created by the Storm Worm, sends out a record 57 million e-mails in one day

OlympicsOlympic Games

2008 The Jamaican team led by Usain Bolt smashes the world 4 x 100m relay record in the final at the Beijing Olympics; disqualified in 2017 as Nesta Carter tests positive for prohibited substance

Olympic Sprinter Usain Bolt
Olympic Sprinter
Usain Bolt
  • 2008 Ethiopian distance runner Tirunesh Dibaba wraps up the women's 5,000/10,000m double at the Beijing Olympics when she takes gold in the 5k in an Olympic record 15:41.40
  • 2008 American decathlete Brian Clay wins 4 of the 10 events and finishes 2nd in 2 others to dominate field and take the gold medal at the Beijing Olympics
  • 2008 Russia wins the women's 4 × 100 m relay ahead of Belgium & Nigeria at the Beijing Olympics; disqualified in 2016 when reanalysis of Yulia Chermoshanskaya’s samples result in positive test for prohibited substances
  • 2008 Steven Hooker wins the men's pole vault with 5.96m at the Beijing Olympics; Australia's first gold medal in men's athletics since 1968
  • 2008 Maurren Higa Maggi wins the women's long jump with a leap of 7.04m at the Beijing Olympics; Brazil's first ever gold medal in any women's individual event
  • 2008 Anne-Caroline Chausson of France and Māris Štrombergs of Latvia win the inaugural gold medals in BMX, winning the women's and men's events respectively at the Beijing Olympics
  • 2012 47 people are killed in the Syrian civil war
  • 2012 48 people are killed in Kenyan tribal wars between the Pokomo and Orma
  • 2012 Russia and Vanuatu become members of the World Trade Organization
  • 2013 14 people are killed by a suicide bombing in Western Iraq
  • 2014 2nd Ebola death in Nigeria, Africa’s most populated country
  • 2015 15th Athletics World Championships open at Beijing, China
  • 2015 A vintage Hawker Hunter plane crashes onto the A27 dual carriageway road during the Shoreham airshow in Britain killing at least 11
  • 2017 India's highest court outlaws instant divorce for Muslim men (talaq, talaq, talaq)
  • 2017 Missouri Governor Eric Greitens grants stay of execution for Marcellus Williams in light of possible new DNA eividence
  • 2018 Longest ever bull market for Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index at 3,453 days (using 19.9 percent decline in 1990 as the start, usually 20%)
  • 2018 Discovery of a bone of a 90,000 hybrid human, half Neanderthal, half Denisovan from Anuy River, Siberia published in "Nature"

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2018 Forbes say George Clooney made more money in a single year ($239 million) than any actor ever ($239m), due to sale of alcohol company, followed by Dwayne Johnson ($124m)

Actor George Clooney
George Clooney
Actor & Professional Wrestler The Rock
Actor & Professional Wrestler
The Rock
  • 2018 Australia's House of Representatives is closed down early because of the Liberal Party leadership battle