August 22


1864 – The International Red Cross was founded in Geneva, Switzerland.

1865 – William Sheppard was awarded the patent for liquid soap.

1902 – The Cadillac Motor Company was founded.

1902 – President Theodore Roosevelt became the first President of the United States to ride in an automobile, in Hartford, CT.

1906 – The Victor Talking Machine Company, of Camden, NJ, began to manufacture the Victrola. It sold for $200.

1911 – It was announced that Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa” had been stolen from the Louvre Museum in Paris. The painting reappeared in Italy two years later.

1919 – The Grand Rapids Aero Club was founded in Grand Rapids, MI, to develop aviation and build an aerodrome in the city.

1932 – The BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) began its first television broadcast in England.

1973 – Henry Kissinger was named Secretary of State by President Richard Nixon. Kissinger won the Nobel Peace Prize the same year.

1984 – The last Volkswagen Rabbit rolled off the assembly line in New Stanton, PA.

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 – In Oslo, Norway, a version of Edvard Munch’s painting “The Scream” and his work “Madonna” were stolen from the Munch Museum.

2007 – The Texas Rangers defeated the Baltimore Orioles 30-3, the most runs scored by a team in modern Major League Baseball history. The combined run total is also a Major League record.



Honor Blackman 1925 – Actress (Played Cathy Gale in “The Avengers”, Bond girl Pussy Galore in “Goldfinger”)

Morton Dean 1935 – Broadcast journalist

Valerie Harper 1939 – Actress (TV’s “Mary Tyler Moore Show”, “Rhoda”, “Valerie”)

Steve Kroft 1945 – Broadcast journalist (“60 Minutes”)

Cindy Williams 1947 – Actress (TV’s “Laverne and Shirley”, movie “American Graffiti”)

Vernon Reid 1958 – Musician (Living Colour)

Roland Orzabal 1961 – Musician (Tears For Fears)

Debbi Peterson 1961 – Singer, drummer (The Bangles)

Tori Amos 1963 – Singer

James DeBarge 1963 – Musician (DeBarge)

Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje 1967 – Actor (“Lost,” “Oz”, “Game of Thrones”, movies “Suicide Squad”, “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra”, “Get Rich or Die Trying”)

Ty Burrell 1967 – Actor (TV’s “Modern Family”, movies “The Incredible Hulk”, “Black Hawk Down”)

Giada De Laurentiis 1970 – Food Network chef (TV’s “Giada at Home”)

Richard Armitage 1971 – Actor (“The Hobbit” trilogy, “Alice Through the Looking Glass”, “Captain America: The First Avenger”)

Howie D. 1973 – Musician (Backstreet Boys)

Kristen Wiig 1973 – Actress, comedian (TV’s “Saturday Night Live”, movies “Bridesmaids”, “Ghostbusters”, “Anchorman 2”, “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”, “Date Night”)

James Corden 1978 – Actor, writer, producer, comedian (Host of TV’s “The Late Late Show with James Corden”)



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