On This Day

On This Day in History for August 22 (Part 2)

Events in History


Event of interestEvent of Interest

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
  • 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.
  • 1994 Wim Cook government forms in Netherlands
  • 1996 ANC makes its first submission to Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC)
  • 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
The Scream, pastel on cardboard by Edvard Munch
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  • 2007 The Storm botnet, a botnet created by the Storm Worm, sends out a record 57 million e-mails in one day
  • 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 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"
  • 2018 Australia's House of Representatives is closed down early because of the Liberal Party leadership battle
  • 2019 South Korea says it is leaving an intelligence-sharing pact with Japan in an escalation of the rift between the two countries
  • 2019 Russia launches Fedor, the first life-sized robot, into space to the International Space Station on a Soyuz rocket from Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
  • 2019 Bielefeld in Germany offers €1m prize to anyone in who can prove the town doesn't exit to disprove 25-year-old conspiracy theory
  • 2020 13 people die in a stampede at an illegal disco in Lima, Peru, during a police raid to shut it down
  • 2020 Fires burning in Northern California declared Major Disaster with LNU Lightning Complex Fire (341,243 acres) and SCU Lightning Complex Fire (339,968) among the 3 largest wildfires in state history
  • 2020 Mexican COVID-19 death toll passes 60,000, world's third highest

Birthdays in History

  • 1968 Rich Lowry, American magazine editor and columnist, born in Arlington Country, Virginia
  • 1970 Charlie Connelly, English writer (Attention All Shipping), born in London

Weddings in History


Deaths in History