Holidays Calendar for August 22, 2016

The Russian Federation annually celebrates one of the important public holidays, Flag Day, on August 22. This holiday was established to commemorate the day, when the present-day flag of the state was risen over the Russian Supreme Soviet building after a 1991 coup d'état attempt.

The Blessed Virgin Mary has many titles, given by the Church. For instance, The Roman Catholic Church gave her a title of Queen of Heaven, and Pope Pius XII established the feast of Queenship of Mary.

There are many bizarre holidays, and Hoodie-Hoo Day on August 22 is one of them. This holiday originates from the alike event, celebrated on February 20 in Northern Hemisphere, and this one was created only for people, who live in Southern Hemisphere.

How often do you think about the health of your cat? When did you take your cat for screening for the last time? If you never do this, then National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day on August 22 is a good reason to start thinking about the health of your pussy cat.

August 22 is the National Eat a Peach Day in the United States. This date was chosen because peaches are harvested between June and August.


This Day in History

  • 2006 Pulkovo Aviation Enterprise Flight 612 en route from Anapa Airport to Pulkovo Airport (St. Petersburg, Russia) crashed near the Russian border over easter Ukraine. 170 people on board were killed.
  • 2004 A museum in Oslo, Norway was robbed at gunpoint. Versions of The Scream and Madonna by Edvard Munch were stolen. The paintings were recovered two years later.
  • 1999 Born: Dakota Goyo, Canadian actor, winner of Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film. He is best known for the role as Max Kenton in Real Steel, playing together with Hugh Jackman. He also played young Thor in Thor.
  • 1980 Died: James Smith McDonnell, American pilot, engineer, and businessman, an aviation pioneer. He founded the McDonnell Aircraft Corporation in 1939, producing military fighters and manned spacecraft. The company later merged with Douglas Aircraft Company to form McDonnell Douglas in 1967.
  • 1979 Died: James T. Farrell, American writer and poet, best remembered for the Studs Lonigan trilogy, that was made into a film and television series.
  • 1978 Died: Jomo Kenyatta, Kenyan politician, the 1st President of independent Kenya from 1963 till his death. He is often considered to be the founding father of the Kenyan nation.
  • 1973 Born: Howie Dorough, American singer, songwriter, musician, actor, best known as a member of Backstreet Boys. After the death of his sister of lupus in 1998, he established the Dorough Lupus Foundation, that helps raise awareness of this disease, and supports financially those, who cannot afford treatment.
  • 1968 Latin America was visited by a pope for the first time. The visit was made by Pope Paul VI, who arrived in Bogotá, Colombia.
  • 1967 Died: Gregory Goodwin Pincus, American biologist and researcher, remembered as co-inventor of the combined oral contraceptive pill.
  • 1966 Born: Gary Grice, better known by his stage name Gza, American rapper and songwriter, a founding member of Wu-Tang Clan. After release of his album Liquid Swords he leads a successful solo career.
  • 1962 French resistance group Organisation de l'armée secrète attempted to assassinate President of France Charles de Gaulle. He and his wife narrowly escaped the machine gun fire arranged by Colonel Jean-Marie Bastien-Thiry at Petit-Clamart.
  • 1958 Died: Roger Martin du Gard, French author, Nobel Prize for Literature laureate. His major work was The Thibaults, a multi-volume roman fleuve that follows the fortunes of the two brothers, Antoine and Jacques Thibault, from their upbringing in a prosperous Catholic bourgeois family to the end of World War I.
  • 1949 An earthquake magnitude of 8.1 struck Canada, affecting Queen Charlotte Islands and the Pacific Northwest coast. The earthquake caused landslides and other damage, no one was killed.
  • 1932 The BBC made first experimental television broadcasting from Broadcasting House.
  • 1920 Born: Ray Bradbury, American author of fantasy, science fiction, horror and mystery fiction books. He is best known for novel Fahrenheit 451 and horror stories The Martian Chronicles and The Illustrated Man.
  • 1915 Born: James Hillier, Canadian-born American scientist and inventor. The biggest achievement of his life was co-work on design of the first successful high-resolution electron microscope in North America.
  • 1914 Born: Connie B. Gay, American businessman, renowned as a founding father and major force in country music. He was the founding president of the Country Music Association and co-founder of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
  • 1910 Japan and Korea signed the Japan-Korea Treaty of 1910, that let Japan annex the territory of Korea. This event began a period of Japanese rule in Korea, that lasted till the end of World War II.
  • 1904 Died: Kate Chopin, American author of short stories and novelist. She is often considered to be a forerunner of the feminist authors of the 20th century.
  • 1904 Born: Deng Xiaoping, Chinese revolutionary and politician. Although he's never been officially the head of the state, he was considered to be the paramount leader of China from 1978 till his retirement in 1992.
  • 1893 Born: Dorothy Parker, American poet, writer, satirist, known for her wit and wisecracks. She was twice nominated for Academy Award, but due to involvement in left-wing politics appeared in Hollywood's blacklist.
  • 1875 The Treaty of Saint Petersburg between Japan and Russia was ratified. The treaty stipulated, that Japan gave up claim to Sakhalin island in exchange for sovereignty over all the Kuril islands.
  • 1862 Born: Claude Debussy, French composer, one of the most prominent figures associated with Impressionist music. He was one of the most influential musicians of the late 19th and early 20th century. His music is noted for its sensory content and frequent usage of atonality.
  • 1828 Died: Franz Joseph Gall, Austrian neuroanatomist and physiologist, known for pioneering the study of the localization of mental functions in the brain. He is claimed to be the founder of phrenology, a pseudoscience focused on measurements of the skull based on the concept that the brain is the organ of the mind.
  • 1770 James Cook named and landed on Possession Island, Queensland and claimed the east coast of Australia as New South Wales in the name of King George III.
  • 1647 Born: Denis Papin, French physicist, mathematician, and inventor, best known for pioneering invention of the steam digester, that is the forerunner of the steam engine and pressure cooker.
  • 1584 Died: Jan Kochanowski, Polish Renaissance poet. His poetic patterns influenced the Polish literary language and he is commonly regarded to be the greatest Polish poet prior to the 19th century.
  • 1485 Died: Richard III, King of England from 1483 till his death, the last king of the House of York and the last of the Plantagenet dynasty. His defeat at Bosworth Field, the last decisive battle of the Wars of the Roses, marked the end of the Middle Ages in England. His life became the subject of the fictional historical play Richard III by W. Shakespeare.
  • 1350 Died: Philip VI, the first King of France from the House of Valois. He reigned from 1328 till his death. The years of his reign were dominated by consequences of a succession dispute.
  • 565 The first report of a monster associated with the vicinity of Loch Ness. The Irish monk Saint Columba came across the locals burying a man by the River Ness, explaining that the man had been attacked by a water beast. Later Saint Columba witnessed existence of that monster in a manuscript.