ON THIS DAY: August 22, 2017

August 22nd is

Be an Angel Day *

Eat a Peach Day

Pecan Torte Day

Tooth Fairy Day

National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day


MORE! Claude Debussy, Dorothy Parker and Count Basie, click



India – Punjab: Parkash Utsav
Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji (celebrates
guru’s additions to Sikh scripture)

Russia – National Flag Day

United Kingdom – Totnes:
Totnes Orange Races


On This Day in HISTORY

1138 – Battle of the Standard: in Yorkshire, below a mast mounted on a cart bearing a pyx (box of consecrated bread of the Eucharist) and the consecrated banner of the York minster, English forces under William of Aumale repel a Scottish Army led by King David I of Scotland

1485 – Death of King Richard III at Battle of Bosworth Field

1639 – British East India founds city of Madras India as trading center

1642 – King Charles I calls Parliament traitors, English Civil War begins

1753 – Christian Freidrich Ruppe born in Thuringia, Dutch composer

1762 – Ann Smith Franklin, Benjamin Franklin’s sister-in-law, becomes the first U.S. female newspaper editor for Newport Mercury

1775 – King George III proclaims the American colonies are in state of open rebellion

1827 – Josef Strauss born, son of Johann Strauss I, employed as a city of Vienna engineer, designed a horse-drawn revolving brush street sweeper, but also a poet, painter, dramatist and composer

1846 – U.S. annexes New Mexico

1849 – Austria launches world’s first “air raid” sending pilotless balloons against Venice

1851 – Schooner America outraces Aurora to win trophy now known as America’s Cup

1860 – Eleonore Reuss of Köstritz born, Tsaritsa of Bulgaria as the second wife of Tsar Ferdinand of Bulgaria; she worked as a nurse during the Balkan and First World Wars

1861 – Mary Elizabeth Wood, librarian and missionary to China, founder of the first library school in China

1862 – Claude Debussy born, French composer

1864 – Twelve nations sign the first Geneva Convention

1865 – William Sheppard patents liquid soap

1868 –  Maud Powell, American violinist, first American violinist to achieve international rank; awarded GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award posthumously on January 25, 2014

1893 – Dorothy Parker born, American poet , author, screenwriter and critic, known for her satirical wit; two Academy Award nominations, won the O. Henry Award

1902 – Teddy Roosevelt is the first President to ride in an automobile in Hartford CT

1904 –  Deng Xiaoping born, Chinese revolutionary; de facto leader of the People’s Republic of China (1978-1989), overseeing economic reforms and opening global trade

1906 – Victor Talking Machine Company begins manufacture of Victrolas, price $200

1910 – Japan formally annexes Korea

1918 –  Mary McGrory born, American journalist and columnist, recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary for her work on the Watergate scandal

1920 – Ray Bradbury born, influential American science fiction writer

1922 – Theoni V. Aldredge born in Greece, American costume and stage designer, recipient of three Tony Awards, 11 other Tony nominations and Irene Sharaff Lifetime Achievement Award 

1928 – Karlheinz Stockhausen born, German composer, pioneer in electronic music

1932 – BBC ‘s first experimental television broadcast in England

1935 – Annie Proulx born, American journalist and author, recipient of the Pulitzer Prize and the U.S. National Book Award for her novel The Shipping News and the PEN/Faulkner Award for the novel Postcards

1938 – Count Basie records “Jumpin’ at the Woodside”

1950 – Althea Gibson is first black tennis player accepted at U.S. national competition

1953 – The  French penal colony on Devil’s Island is permanently closed

1964 – Martha & The Vandellas release “Dancin’ in the Streets” and The Supremes hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for the first time with “Where Did Our Love Go”

1972 – Due to Rhodesia’s racial policies, country asked to withdraw from Olympics

1986 – Kerr-McGee agrees to pay the Karen Silkwood estate $1.36 million to settle her nuclear contamination lawsuit, which had been going through appeals for 10 years

1990 – Angry smokers block a Moscow street protesting summer-long cigarette shortage

1993 – Jayne Howard Feldman establishes Be an Angel Day * to encourage kindness

2003 – Alabama’s chief justice, Roy Moore, is suspended for his refusal to obey a federal court order to remove his Ten Commandments monument from the courthouse rotunda

2004 – Edvard Munch’s famous painting, The Scream, and another Munch painting are stolen at gunpoint from the Munch Museum in Oslo, Norway

2005 – The last Jewish settlers are escorted out of the Gaza strip by Israeli security forces, so demolition of their homesteads can begin. The average settler receives the equivalent of over U.S. $200,000 as compensation


About wordcloud9

Nona Blyth Cloud has lived and worked in the Los Angeles area for the past 50 years, spending much of that time commuting on the 405 Freeway. After Hollywood failed to appreciate her genius for acting and directing, she began a second career managing non-profits, from which she has retired. Nona has now resumed writing whatever comes into her head, instead of reports and pleas for funding. She lives in a small house overrun by books with her wonderful husband.
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