This Day in History on 22 August

The historical events hold a lot of value for aspirants who are sitting for UPSC competitive exams including the IAS Exam.

On this page, we will list all historical events that occurred on 22 August. The students can refer them while preparing for all competitive exams and banking exams.

Important Days

Madras Day (Chennai and Tamil Nadu, India)

Important Events

1639: The British East India Company started the city of Madras (now Chennai).

1848: America takes control of New Mexico.

1894: Mahatma Gandhi forms the Natal Indian Congress (NIC) in order to fight discrimination against Indian traders in Natal.

1902: Establishment of Cadillac Motor Company.

1902: Theodore Roosevelt was the first US president in motor vehicles.

1922: Alluri Seetaram Raju inspired and organised the tribals to wage a war against the British. Raju’s army raided Chintapalli police station and there was regular warfare between him and the British forces.

1933: Inhabitants of Partabgarh face starvation as Opium was now outlawed. They had been living from the sale of opium for the past 800 years.

1941: Second World War – German forces surrounded Leningrad.

1942: Second World War – Brazil calls the war against Germany at Itali.

1944: World War II – The Soviet Union won Romania.

1962: The determination to cut French President Charles de Gaulle is unsettling.

1972: Zimbabwe has been sacked by the International Olympic Committee for an anti-racist policy.

1979: Neelam Sanjeev Reddy, President of India, dissolves the sixth Lok Sabha, orders year-end general elections and asks Charan Singh to head a caretaker government.

1984: R. Venkataraman was elected the Vice President of India (1984 -1987).

1987: Aircraft carrier ship of Indian Navy ‘Virat’ joined in fleet.

1988: Gorkha National Liberation Front signs an accord with the Centre and West Bengal on formation of an elective hill Council for Darjeeling.

1992: Congress (I) with its allies secures a simple majority in the Lok Sabha following the merger of Telugu Desam into the party.

1993: The first batch of IAF troops landed in the capital city of Mogadishu.

1993: V P Singh leaves Delhi on a self-imposed exile vowing not to return until the government implemented job reservation for backward classes.

2000: Parliament okays two Constitutional Amendment Bills restoring relaxations in marks for promotion in government jobs to SC/STs and exempting Arunachal from reservation for SCs.

Birth/Birth Anniversary

1647: Producer of pressure cooker Dennis Pepin. (Death: 26 August 1713)

1848: Founded by the founder of the Chicago Daily News, Melville Elia Stone (Death: 15 February 1929)

1877: Ananda Kentish Coomaraswamy, great painter, philosopher, linguist, critic, art researcher in the East, was born at Colombo in Sri Lanka.

1893: American writer Dorothy Parker was born.

1904: Reformist Chinese leader Deng Xiao Ping was born. (Death: 19 February 1997)

1915: Bengali dramatist, actor and director Shambhu Mitra is born. (Death: May 19, 1997)

1915: The birth of James Hilier, the architect of the electron microscope. (Death: 15 January 2007)

Harishankar Parsai
Harishankar Parsai

1919: Hindi poet Girijakumar Mathur was born. (Death: 10 January 1994)

1918: Social worker Dr. Banu Koiyaji was born (Death: 15 July 2004)

1920: An American surgeon, Dr. Joe Roth, who laid the foundation of cardiac surgery. Birth of Denton Kuli.

1924 – Harishankar Parsai, Indian writer, satirist and humorist (d. 1995)


1935: Kathak-style dancer actor Pt. Gopikrishna was born. (Death: 18 February 1994)

1955: Chiranjeevi, Indian film actor, producer and politician

1964: born of Swedish tennis player Mets Willender.

Death/ Death Anniversary

1350: French King Philip (VI) dies

1607: Berthelm Gosnell passed away in London.

1818: India’s first Governor-General, Warren Hastings, dies (Born 6 December 1732)

1942: Harikrishna Kaul (Raja Pandit), administrator and Prime Minister of Jammu Kashmir and Patiyala, died.

1967: A birth control pill was created Gregory Goodwin Pintas died. (Born April 9, 1903)

1978: Kenya’s first President, Jomokoi Nyata, passes away. (Born October 20, 1893)

1980: Kishore Sahu, film actor, and producer-director, passed away. (Born November 22, 1915)

U. R. Ananthamurthy, Indian author, poet, and playwright
U. R. Ananthamurthy, Indian author, poet, and playwright

1980: McDonald’s crew maker, James Smith McDonald passed away. (Born April 9, 18 99)

1982: Eknath Ranade, architect of the Vivekananda Shila memorial at Kanyakumari, a revolutionary, freedom fighter passed away. (Born November 19, 1914)

1985: Charles Gibson (historian), Historian of Mexico and its Indians, President of the American Historical Association (b. 1920)

1989: Classical singer Pt of the Gwalior Gharana Krishnarao Shankar Pandit passes away (Born 26 July 1893)

1993: Gundu Rao, former Chief Minister of Karnataka, died. He was 56.

Krishna Reddy speaks about Modern Art in the Modern and Contemporary galleries at The Metropolitan Museum of Art for Artist Project 2016 episode. © 2016 MMA, photographed by Jackie Neale

1995: Composer, Trumpet Violinist Pt. Ramprasad Sharma passes away

1999: Marathi film actress Suryakant Mandhare passes away.

2014: U. R. Ananthamurthy, Indian author, poet, and playwright Born December 21, 1932)

2018: Krishna Reddy Indian printmaker, sculptor and teacher (b. 1925)

Further Reading

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