August 22 in Pop Culture History

August 22nd History, Trivia and Fun Facts

August 22nd History Highlights

  • 1851 – The first America’s Cup was won by the yacht ‘America’. America’s Cup is the oldest international sporting trophy.
  • 1864 – Twelve nations signed the First Geneva Convention, establishing the rules of protection of the victims of armed conflicts.
  • 1945 – The Vietnam Conflict began.
  • 1989 – 1989 – Nolan Ryan struck out Rickey Henderson to become the first Major League Baseball pitcher to record 5,000 strikeouts. He retired with 5,714 strikeouts.
  • August 22 Birthday (fictional) Doug Funnie, Cartoon
  • If you were born on August 22nd,
    You were likely conceived the week of… November 29th (prior year)

The Geneva Convention

The Geneva Conventions are the rules that apply in times of armed conflict and seek to protect people who are not or are no longer taking part in hostilities; these include the sick and wounded of armed forces on the field, wounded, sick, and shipwrecked members of armed forces at sea, prisoners of war, and civilians.

August 22nd is…

Bao Day
Be An Angel Day
Never Bean Better Day
Pecan Torte Day
Surgical Oncologist Day
Tooth Fairy Day

August 22nd Birthday Quotes

“If you want to know what God thinks of money, just look at the people he gave it to.”
– Dorothy Parker

“Music is the silence between the notes.”
– Claude Debussy

“Looking back over a lifetime, you see that love was the answer to everything.”
– Ray Bradbury

” Poor people have the blues because they’re poor and hungry. Rich people can’t sleep at night because they’re trying to hold on to their money and everything they have.”
– John Lee Hooker

” I don’t think of dying, I think of being here now.”
– Valerie Harper

” You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.”
– Ray Bradbury

” Hip-Hop is my vehicle to scientific and universal enlightenment.”
– GZA

“I hate writing. I love having written.”
– Dorothy Parker

August 22nd Birthdays

1862 – Claude Debussy, French pianist, and composer (died in 1918)
1880 – George Herriman, American cartoonist, Krazy Kat (died in 1944)
1893 – Dorothy Parker, American poet, critic, and satirist (died in 1967)
1903 – Jerry Iger, American cartoonist, co-founded Eisner & Iger (died in 1990)
1909 – Julius J. Epstein, American screenwriter, and producer (died in 2000)
1917 – John Lee Hooker, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (died in 2001)
1920 – Ray Bradbury, American science fiction writer, and screenwriter (died in 2012)
1925 – Honor Blackman, English actress and republican (died in 2020)
1934 – Norman Schwarzkopf, Jr., American general (died in 2012)
1936 – Dale Hawkins, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (died in 2010)
1939 – Valerie Harper, American actress (died in 2019)
1945 – David Chase, American director, producer, and screenwriter
1963 – Tori Amos, American singer-songwriter
1966 – GZA, American rapper
1968 – Rich Lowry, American writer and magazine editor (National Review)
1970 – Giada De Laurentiis, Italian-American chef, and author
1973 – Kristen Wiig, American comedic actress
1978 – James Corden, English actor, and television presenter
1995 – Dua Lipa, English singer-songwriter

August 22nd History

August 22 Birthday (fictional) Doug Funnie, Cartoon

565 – Columba, an Irish missionary, reported seeing a monster in Loch Ness, Scotland.

1791 – Haitian Slave Revolution in Saint-Domingue began. It ended with the founding of the Republic of Haiti in 1804.

1831 – Nat Turner’s slave rebellion began just after midnight in Southampton County, Virginia, leading to the deaths of more than 50 whites and several hundred African Americans who were killed in retaliation for the uprising.

1851 – The first America’s Cup was won by the yacht ‘America.’

1865 – The first patent for making liquid soap was granted to William Sheppard.

1902 – Cadillac Motor Company was founded.

1952 – The French penal colony on Devil’s Island is permanently closed.

1963 – American Joe Walker reached an altitude of 66 miles in an X-15 test plane.

1964 – #1 Hit August 22, 1964 – September 4, 1964: The Supremes – Where Did Our Love Go

1970 – #1 Hit August 22, 1970 – August 28, 1970: Bread – Make It with You

August 22, 1976 Birthday (fictional) Percy Weasley, Harry Potter

1987 – #1 Hit August 22, 1987 – August 28, 1987: Madonna – Who’s That Girl

1989 – Nolan Ryan struck out Rickey Henderson to become the first Major League Baseball pitcher to record 5,000 strikeouts.

2003 – Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore was 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.

2004 The Edvard Munch Museum’s versions of ‘Madonna’ and ‘The Scream’ were stolen by masked men wielding firearms. The thieves forced the museum guards to lie down on the floor while they snapped the cable securing the paintings to the wall and escaped in a black Audi A6 station wagon, which police later found abandoned. Both paintings were recovered by the Oslo Police on August 31, 2006.

2007 – The Texas Rangers beat the Baltimore Orioles 30-3, the most runs scored by a team in modern MLB history.

August 22, 2008 – The Cheetah Girls: One World aired on The Disney Channel

2015 – #1 Hit August 22, 2015 – September 18, 2015: The Weeknd – Can’t Feel My Face

Today’s Random Trivia and Shower Thoughts

The oldest person to have ever lived, Jeanne Calment, aged 122 at death, attributed her longevity to a diet of olive oil, port wine, and 2 pounds of chocolate every week.

The Capital of Malawi is Lilongwe

In the event of an apocalypse, I would spend the first ten minutes wondering why the internet doesn’t work.

Author Joe Hill was so determined to keep it a secret that he was Stephen King’s son, his own agent didn’t know for 10 years.

Most American car horns honk in the key of F.

TV Quotes… “Makin’ whoopie” (Bob Eubanks) on “The Newlywed Game”

Reflections are just echoes of light. Mirrors are just light echo machines.

Mr. Rogers’ neighborhood is probably my favorite kid’s show that starts and ends with a middle-aged man changing his clothes.

A group of Cosmologists is called a Galaxy.

“It is a damn poor mind indeed which can’t think of at least two ways to spell any word.” – Andrew Jackson

“Who loves you, baby?” – Kojak

Any pizza is a personal pizza if you try hard enough.

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