August 22nd is the 234th day of the year (235th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 131 days remaining until the end of the year.
1642 – King Charles I raised the royal standard at Nottingham, marking the beginning of the First English Civil War.
1864 – Under the leadership of Henry Dunant and the International Red Cross Committee, twelve European nations signed the First Geneva Convention, establishing the rules for protection of the victims of armed conflicts.
1910 – Japan annexed Korea with the signing of the Japan–Korea Annexation Treaty, beginning a period of Japanese rule of Korea that lasted until the end of World War II.
1985 – A fire broke out on British Airtours Flight 28M, causing 55 deaths mostly due to smoke inhalation and bringing about changes to make aircraft evacuation more effective.
2012 – A series of ethnic clashes between the Orma and Pokomo tribes of Kenya’s Tana River District resulted in the deaths of at least 52 people.
Giada De Laurentiis turns 48
Richard Armitage turns 47
Kristin Wiig turns 45
Rodrigo Santoro turns 43
James Corden turns 40