Wednesday, August 22, 2012

On This Day...

Things that happened on 22nd August. No particular reason, just a random day :) It's the 235th day of 2012 and there are 131 days left until this year also comes to an end.

Sourced from Wikipedia, as usual :)

  • 1639 – Madras (now Chennai), India, is founded by the British East India Company on a sliver of land bought from local Nayak rulers.
  • 1642 – Charles I calls the English Parliament traitors. The English Civil War begins.
  • 1770 – James Cook names and lands on Possession Island, Queensland and claims the east coast of   Australia as New South Wales in the name of King George III.
  • 1777 – American Revolutionary War: British forces abandon the Siege of Fort Stanwix after hearing rumors of Continental Army reinforcements.
  • 1848 – The United States annexes New Mexico.
  • 1849 – The first air raid in history. Austria launches pilotless balloons against the city of Venice.
  • 1864 – 12 nations sign the First Geneva Convention. The Red Cross is formed.
  • 1902 – Cadillac Motor Company is founded.
  • 1902 – Theodore Roosevelt becomes the first President of the United States to ride in an automobile.
  • 1910 – Korea is annexed by Japan with the signing of the Japan–Korea Treaty of 1910, beginning a period of Japanese rule of Korea that lasted until the end of World War II.
  • 1926 – Gold is discovered in Johannesburg, South Africa.
  • 1932 – The BBC first experiments with television broadcasting
  • 1934 – Bill Woodfull of Australia becomes the only cricket captain to twice regain The Ashes.
  • 1941 – World War II: German troops reach Leningrad, leading to the siege of Leningrad.
  • 1942 – World War II: Brazil declares war on Germany and Italy.
  • 1944 – World War II: Romania is captured by the Soviet Union.
  • 1944 – World War II: Holocaust of Kedros in Crete by German forces
  • 1950 – Althea Gibson becomes the first black competitor in international tennis.
  • 1968 – Pope Paul VI arrives in Bogotá, Colombia. It is the first visit of a pope to Latin America.
  • 1972 – Rhodesia is expelled by the IOC for its racist policies.
  • 2007 – The Storm botnet, a botnet created by the Storm Worm, sends out a record 57 million e-mails in one day

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