August 22

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August 22nd is the 234th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (235th in leap years), with 131 days remaining.


  • 1485: The Battle of Bosworth Field decisively ends the Wars of the Roses and leads to the start of the Tudor. dynasty in England, Henry VII being the first Tudor king.
  • 1559: Bartholome de Carranza, Spanish archbishop, is arrested for heresy.
  • 1642: Charles I calls the Parliament traitors. Begin of the English Civil War.
  • 1654: Jacob Barsimson arrives in New Amsterdam. He is the first Jewish immigrant in what is later the United States.
  • 1717: Spanish troops land on Sardinia.
  • 1770: James Cook lands on the east coast of Australia.
  • 1775: King George III declares the American colonies to be in open rebellion.
  • 1780: James Cook's ship Resolution returns to England (Cook himself having killed on Hawaii during the voyage).
  • 1791: Begin of the Haitian Slave Revolution.
  • 1846: The United States annex New Mexico.
  • 1851: Gold is discovered in Australia.
  • 1851: The first America's Cup is won by the America.
  • 1864: Twelve nations sign the First Geneva Convention. The Red Cross is formed.
  • 1902: Theodore Roosevelt is the first US president to ride in an automobile.
  • 1910: Japan annexes Korea.
  • 1911: The Mona Lisa is stolen.
  • 1914: In Belgium, British and German troops meet for the first time in World War I.
  • 1926: Gold discovered in Johannesburg, South Africa.
  • 1941: German troops reach Leningrad.
  • 1942: Brazil declares war on the Axis powers (Germany, Italy and Japan).
  • 1943: Kharkov is liberated.
  • 1944: Last transport of French Jews to concentration camps in Germany.
  • 1950: Althea Gibson becomes the first black competitor in international tennis.
  • 1953: The jail on Devil Island is closed.
  • 1956: Begin of the shooting of Elvis Presley's first movie Love Me Tender.
  • 1962: An attempt to assassinate French president De Gaulle fails.
  • 1962: The Savannah, the world's first nuclear-powered ship, completes its maiden voyage.
  • 1968: Pope Paul VI arrives in Bogota, Colombia. It is the first visit of a pope to Latin America.
  • 1972: Rhodesia is expelled by the IOC for its racist policies.
  • 1975: An attempt to assassinate president Gerald Ford fails.
  • 1988: The Australian koala, the first platinum coin, is brought out.
  • 1989: The first ring of Neptune is discovered.
  • 1991: Mikhail Gorbachev returns to Moscow after a failed coup by communist hardliners.
  • 2000: The crew members of the submarine Kursk, that had sunk 2&12frac; weeks earlier, are announced dead.




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