What Happened On August 22nd?
It seems like August is all about museum heists. Following the footsteps of August 21st, August 22nd also records another heist, though this time it’s not one, but two artworks that were stolen. That said, August 22nd is noteworthy for many other reasons as well such as the signing of the Geneva Convention and record-breaking in baseball. Let’s delve into all that transpired on August 22nd:
1849: Austria launched the first air raid in history by launching pilotless balloons against the city of Venice. The balloons, equipped with bombs and other explosives, were sent to attack the city during the First Italian War of Independence.
2012: A 50,000-year-old human bone was found in the Denisova Cave in Siberia, Russia. It turned out to belong to a previously unknown ancient human species. The bone fragment was a finger bone, and it was identified as belonging to a young girl who lived tens of thousands of years ago. The discovery of the finger bone led to the identification of a new group of humans, now known as the Denisovans.
1989: Astronomers discovered the rings of Neptune using data from the Voyager 2 spacecraft. The discovery was a surprise, as Neptune was the furthest planet from the sun at the time and it was not expected to have such a complex ring system.
1864: 12 nations signed the First Geneva Convention, also known as the Convention for the Amelioration of the Condition of the Wounded in Armies in the Field. The Convention required all parties to care for the wounded and sick on the battlefield, regardless of their nationality, and to ensure the safety and neutrality of medical personnel and facilities.
1903: Mahatma Gandhi formed the Natal Indian Congress (NIC) in South Africa to fight against the discrimination that the Indian community faced at the hands of the British colonial government. The NIC was one of the first organizations founded by Gandhi and played a crucial role in his activism.
1910: Japan officially annexed Korea, which had been under Japanese control since 1905. The annexation was met with resistance from Koreans and led to a period of harsh colonial rule by Japan.
2017: The Indian government passed a landmark law banning instant triple talaq, a practice that allowed Muslim men to divorce their wives by simply uttering the word “talaq” (divorce) three times. The new law made the practice illegal and punishable by imprisonment.
1851: First America’s Cup was held off the coast of England, and it was won by the yacht named “America”. The America’s Cup is a sailing competition that is considered to be one of the most prestigious events in the sport of sailing, and it is held every few years.
1989: Nolan Ryan, the legendary Major League Baseball pitcher, made history by striking out Rickey Henderson of the Oakland Athletics in the fifth inning of a game between the Texas Rangers and the Athletics. With this strikeout, Ryan became the first pitcher in the history of the game to record 5,000 strikeouts, an incredible milestone that cemented his status as one of the greatest pitchers of all time. Ryan’s record stands at a stunning 5,714 strikes.
2004: Two of Norwegian artist Edvard Munch’s iconic art pieces, “The Scream” and “Madonna,” were stolen from the Munch Museum in Oslo, Norway. The paintings were eventually recovered in 2006 and 2005, respectively, and returned to the Munch Museum.
- Honor Blackman (1925–2020) – An English actress and Republican, she was best known for her role as Cathy Gale in the television series “The Avengers” and as Pussy Galore in the James Bond film “Goldfinger”. She also had a successful stage career and was a supporter of various charities.
- Norman Schwarzkopf, Jr. (1934–2012) – A United States Army general who served as Commander-in-Chief of the United States Central Command during the Gulf War. He was known for his military expertise and leadership skills.
- Dale Hawkins (1936–2010) – An American singer-songwriter and guitarist who was best known for his hit song “Susie Q”. He was a pioneer of the rockabilly genre and influenced many musicians in the 1950s and beyond.
- Valerie Harper (1939–2019) – An American actress who was best known for her role as Rhoda Morgenstern on the television series “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and its spinoff “Rhoda”. She also had a successful stage career and was a supporter of various charities.
- David Chase (1945) – An American director, producer, and screenwriter who is best known as the creator of the television series “The Sopranos”. He has won multiple awards for his work in television and film.
- Giada De Laurentiis (1960) – An Italian-American chef and author known for her cooking shows and cookbooks. She has won multiple awards for her work in the culinary industry.
- Tori Amos (1963) – An American singer-songwriter and pianist who is known for her unique style and expressive lyrics. She has released multiple successful albums and has a dedicated fan base.
- GZA (1966) – An American rapper who is a member of the Wu-Tang Clan. He is known for his intricate wordplay and has released multiple successful albums both as a solo artist and with Wu-Tang Clan.
- Kristen Wiig (1973) – An American comedic actress who is known for her work on “Saturday Night Live” and in films such as “Bridesmaids” and “Ghostbusters”. She has been nominated for multiple awards for her performances.
- James Corden (1978) – A English actor and television presenter who is known for his work on the television series “Gavin & Stacey” and as the host of “The Late Late Show with James Corden”. He has won multiple awards for his work in television and film.
- Dua Lipa (1995) – A English singer-songwriter who is known for her pop and electronic music. She has won multiple awards for her music, including Grammy Awards and Brit Awards.
August 22nd is and will always be a significant day throughout history, with events ranging from artistic theft to scientific exploration. Though we better know August 22nd as Tooth Fairy Day, this day will carry on to be paramount to the course of history and mankind.