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On This Day in History - 22nd August

Birthdays

1862Claude Debussy, French composer of 'Clair de lune'
1893Dorothy Parker, American writer and humorist
1908Henri Cartier-Bresson, French photographer
1920Ray Bradbury, American author; 'The Martian Chronicles'
1929Honor Blackman, Actress
1960Steve Davis, Snooker player
1967Mats Wilander, Tennis player

Events

1642King Charles I raised his standard at Nottingham, & the English Civil War began
1788The British created the settlement of Sierra Leone, Africa, for freed slaves
1864The International Red Cross was formed in Geneva, Switzerland
1900Foreign troops and civilians looted the city of Peking
1911The picture 'Mona Lisa' was stolen from the Louvre art gallery, Paris
1933The BBC televised its first ever boxing match
1963NASA's X-15 aircraft reached a record breaking height of 67 miles
1985A British Airtours 737 caught fire on the runway at Manchester airport