22 AUGUST
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • Pope Leo XII, 1760
  • Claude Debussy, 1862
  • Jacques Lipchitz, 1891
  • Dorothy Parker, 1893
  • Leni Riefenstahl, 1902
  • Deng Xiaoping, 1904
  • Henri Cartier-Bresson, 1908
  • Ray Bradbury, 1920
  • John Lee Hooker, 1920
  • James Kirkwood, 1924
  • Karlheinz Stockhausen, 1928
  • Norman Schwarzkopf, 1934
  • Valerie Harper, 1940
  • Cindy Williams, 1947
  • Steve Davis, 1957
  • Tori Amos, 1963
  • Mats Wilander, 1964

Died On This Day:

  • Pope Gregory IX, 1241
  • King Richard III (killed), 1485
  • John Dudley Duke of Northumberland executed, 1553
  • Michael Collins killed, 1922
  • Jacob Bronowski, 1974
  • Robert Shaw, 1978
  • Jomo Kenyatta, 1978
  • Huey Newton, 1989
  • Colleen Dewhurst, 1991

Today's Events:

  • 1485 - Battle of Bosworth Field between Henry VII (winner) and Richard III (loser). (War of Roses)
  • 1642 - Civil war in England begins as King Charles I raises the royal standard at Nottingham Castle; King and Parliament now at war.
  • 1654 - Jacob Barsimson becomes first man of Jewish extraction to set foot in America.
  • 1692 - Eight 'witches' executed in Salem, MA.
  • 1788 - British settlement in Sierra Leona founded as asylum for slaves.
  • 1791 - 100,000 slaves revolt in Haiti.
  • 1846 - U.S. annexes New Mexico.
  • 1850 - Dr. John Gorrie receives London Patent #13,124 on his refrigerated ice machine. (US patent 5/6,1851)
  • 1851 - US-built schooner America defeats Britain's finest in first America's Cup yacht race around I. Wight
  • 1864 - Geneva Society for Public Welfare (later International Red Cross) brings 16 European states representatives together in Switzerland to create the First Geneva Convention.
  • 1901 - Cadillac car company founded in Detroit; named after 18th C. explorer Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac.
  • 1902 - Teddy Roosevelt is first president to ride in a motor car - a Columbia Electric Victoria - in Hartford, CT
  • 1906 - The Victrola phonograph patented.
  • 1910 - Korea formally annexed by Japan.
  • 1920 - Theodore Roosevelt becomes first U.S. president to ride in a motor car.
  • 1922 - IRA ambush convoy of Irish Nationals including former leader Michael Collins at Bael na mBlath, Ireland.
  • 1936 - BBC Television begins first regular transmissions in England.
  • 1939 - Aerosol can for dispensing liquids under pressure patented by inventor Julian Kahn.
  • 1960 - Beyond the Fringe opens at Edinburgh Festival with P. Cook, Dudley Moore, Alan Bennett & J. Miller.
  • 1968 - Pope Paul VI arrives in Colombia- first Pope to visit South America.
  • 1985 - $41,000,000 NY State Lottery won by 21 workers at a Mount Vernon printing plant.
  • 1988 - 5,000 + dead as Hutus battle Tutsis in Burundi.
  • 1989 - 5,000th batter struck out by Nolan Ryan, Texas Rangers pitcher, in fifth inning against Oakland.

Feast Day of Saint:

  • Symphorian

Non-Specific Holiday:

  • NAGA PANCHAMI, Hindu Festival of the Serpent God
  • RAKHI, Hindu Festival to Pledge Protection
  • CHUNG-CH'IU, Mid-autumn festival, Harvest or Moon Festival (fifteenth day of the eighth moon)
  • TISH'AH B'AB (Jewish) Anniversary of fall of Jerusalem and destruction of first & 2nd temples Ab 9
  • JANAM (OR JANMA) ASHTAMI, Hindu Birthday Festival of Krishna
  • ANANT CHATURDASI, Hindu Eternal Anniversary of 14th day of Month Bhaedra
  • CH'UNG YANG, Festival of High Places in China (ninth day of the ninth moon)
  • Japanese visit graves of ancestors mid August
  • GANESHA CHATURTHI, Hindu Festival of the Elephant God end of August
  • FRIENDSHIP DAY - first Sunday in August in USA

 

 
   
 
 
 
 
 
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