On This Day … 22 August

Events

  • 851 – Battle of Jengland: Erispoe defeats Charles the Bald near the Breton town of Jengland.
  • 1138 – Battle of the Standard between Scotland and England.
  • 1485 – The Battle of Bosworth Field, the death of Richard III and the end of the House of Plantagenet.
  • 1639 – Madras (now Chennai), India, is founded by the British East India Company on a sliver of land bought from local Nayak rulers.
  • 1642 – Charles I raises his standard in Nottingham, which marks the beginning of the English Civil War.
  • 1711 – Britain’s Quebec Expedition loses eight ships and almost nine hundred soldiers, sailors and women to rocks at Pointe-aux-Anglais.
  • 1717 – Spanish troops land on Sardinia.
  • 1770 – James Cook names and lands on Possession Island, and claims the east coast of Australia for Britain as New South Wales.
  • 1777 – American Revolutionary War: British forces abandon the Siege of Fort Stanwix after hearing rumours of Continental Army reinforcements.
  • 1780 – James Cook’s ship HMS Resolution returns to England (Cook having been killed on Hawaii during the voyage).
  • 1791 – Beginning of the Haitian Slave Revolution in Saint-Domingue, Haiti.
  • 1798 – French troops land at Kilcummin, County Mayo, Ireland to aid the rebellion.
  • 1849 – The first air raid in history. Austria launches pilotless balloons against the city of Venice.
  • 1864 – Twelve nations sign the First Geneva Convention, establishing the rules of protection of the victims of armed conflicts.
  • 1875 – The Treaty of Saint Petersburg between Japan and Russia is ratified, providing for the exchange of Sakhalin for the Kuril Islands.
  • 1922 – Michael Collins, Commander-in-chief of the Irish Free State Army, is shot dead in an ambush during the Irish Civil War.
  • 1941 – World War II: German troops begin the Siege of Leningrad.
  • 1942 – World War II: Brazil declares war on Germany, Japan and Italy.
  • 1944 – World War II: Holocaust of Kedros in Crete by German forces.
  • 1962 – The OAS attempts to assassinate French president Charles de Gaulle.
  • 1978 – Nicaraguan Revolution: The FLSN seizes the National Congress of Nicaragua, along with over a thousand hostages.

People (Births)

  • 1778 – James Kirke Paulding, American poet, playwright, and politician, 11th United States Secretary of the Navy (d. 1860).
  • 1800 – William S. Harney, American general (d. 1889).
  • 1836 – Archibald Willard, American soldier and painter (d. 1918).
  • 1844 – George W. De Long, American Naval officer and explorer (d. 1881).
  • 1881 – James Newland, Australian soldier and policeman (d. 1949).
  • 1891 – Henry Bachtold, Australian soldier and railway engineer (d. 1983).
  • 1904 – Deng Xiaoping, Chinese soldier and politician, 1st Vice Premier of the People’s Republic of China (d. 1997).
  • 1929 – Ulrich Wegener, German police officer and general (d. 2017).
  • 1932 – Gerald P. Carr, American engineer, colonel, and astronaut (d. 2020).
  • 1934 – Norman Schwarzkopf, Jr., American general and engineer (d. 2012).
  • 1949 – Diana Nyad, American swimmer and author.
  • 1962 – Stefano Tilli, Italian sprinter.
  • 1976 – Laurent Hernu, French decathlete.
  • 1980 – Nicolas Macrozonaris, Canadian sprinter.
  • 1983 – Theo Bos, Dutch cyclist.
  • 1996 – Jessica-Jane Applegate, British Paralympic swimmer.

People (Deaths)

  • 408 – Stilicho, Roman general (b. 359).
  • 1553 – John Dudley, 1st Duke of Northumberland, English admiral and politician, Lord President of the Council (b. 1504).
  • 1572 – Thomas Percy, 7th Earl of Northumberland, English leader of the Rising of the North (b. 1528).
  • 1607 – Bartholomew Gosnold, English lawyer and explorer, founded the London Company (b. 1572).
  • 1652 – Jacob De la Gardie, Estonian-Swedish soldier and politician, Lord High Constable of Sweden (b. 1583).
  • 1701 – John Granville, 1st Earl of Bath, English soldier and politician, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland (b. 1628).
  • 1711 – Louis François, duc de Boufflers, French general (b. 1644).
  • 1793 – Louis de Noailles, French general (b. 1713).
  • 1797 – Dagobert Sigmund von Wurmser, French-Austrian field marshal (b. 1724).
  • 1922 – Michael Collins, Irish rebel, counter-intelligence and military tactician, and politician; 2nd Irish Minister of Finance (b. 1890).
  • 1933 – Alexandros Kontoulis, Greek general and diplomat (b. 1858).
  • 1946 – Döme Sztójay, Hungarian general and politician, 35th Prime Minister of Hungary (b. 1883).
  • 1960 – Johannes Sikkar, Estonian soldier and politician, Prime Minister of Estonia in exile (b. 1897).
  • 1980 – James Smith McDonnell, American pilot, engineer, and businessman, founded McDonnell Aircraft (b. 1899).
  • 1989 – Robert Grondelaers, Belgian cyclist (b. 1933).
  • 1991 – Boris Pugo, Russian soldier and politician, Soviet Minister of Interior (b. 1937).
  • 2004 – Angus Bethune, Australian soldier and politician, 33rd Premier of Tasmania (b. 1908).
  • 2008 – Gladys Powers, English-Canadian soldier (b. 1899).
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