22 August

22 August

August 22 is the 234th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar; 131 days remain until the end of the year. 

We have some interesting facts & historic events all about August 22th, including areas in religion, crime, health and more.

Keep reading for more interesting facts about August 22th in history!

Table of Contents

  1. Global Celebrations
  2. Historic Events
  3. Famous Birthdays
  4. Heartbreaking Deaths

Global Celebrations

  • National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day
  • National Be an Angel Day
  • National Eat a Peach Day
  • National Pecan Torte Day

Historic Events

What Happened On This Day – August 22

1963: First Person to Enter Space Twice

The record was set by Joseph A. Walker, a United States Air Force Captain, and a fighter pilot while flying the X-15, an experimental hypersonic rocket-powered aircraft. The X-15 was a joint venture between the US Air Force and the NASA. Not only did Walker became the first person to enter space twice, he also was the first person to take a spaceflight to an altitude of 67 miles (108 kilometers) in the 12-minute long flight.

1962: France’s President Charles De Gaulle Survives an Assasination Attempt

The Organisation de l’armée secrète (OAS), a French far-right organization tried to machine gun Charles De Gaulle while he was riding to the airport with his wife. The assassination attempt was led by Jean-Marie Bastien-Thiry, an officer in the French Air Force. Bastien-Thiry and the OAS were unhappy about De Gaulle’s role in allowing Algeria’s independence. It is thought that the car De Gaulle was riding in, a Citroen DS 19, was partially responsible for saving his and his wife’s life. After being caught, Bastien-Thiry was the last person in France to be executed by a firing squad.

1922: Irish Politician Michael Collins is Assassinated

A member and leader of Sinn Fein, a political party that advocated complete Irish independence from Britain, Collins was shot dead in an ambush. This was only a few months after he had been appointed as the Finance Minister of the Irish Free State.

1851: The First America’s Cup is held

The cup is awarded to the winner of a race between sailing yachts. Thought to be the oldest international sporting trophy to be still awarded today the cup’s name was changed from Hundred Guinea Cup to America’s Cup after the name of the yacht that won the first race on this day. Led by Commodore John Cox Stevens, America participated in a 53 nautical mile race around the Isle of Wight in England.

1779: James Cook Lands on Possession Island

British explorer James Cook reached the island, which is off the northern coast of Queensland Australia, 2 years after he had set sail on the HMS Endeavour from Plymouth. James Cook named the area New South Wales and claimed it for the British Crown.

Famous Birthdays

Births On This Day, August 22

1928: Karlheinz Stockhausen, German composer

1904: Deng Xiaoping, Chinese politician, diplomat

1893: Dorothy Parker, American poet, writer

1880: George Herriman, American cartoonist

1862: Claude Debussy, French composer

Heartbreaking Deaths

Deaths On This Day, August 22

2011: Jack Layton, Canadian politician

1553: John Dudley, 1st Duke of Northumberland, English Admiral, politician

1485: Richard III of England

1358: Isabella of France

1241: Pope Gregory IX


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