What Happened on August 22


Historical Events

1654 – Jacob Barsimson arrives in New Amsterdam (modern day Manhattan) aboard the Peartree, one of the first Jewish colonists
1914 – WW1: Erich Ludendorff and Paul von Hindenburg move into East Prussia enroute to Russia
1972 – Rhodesia is expelled by the International Olympic Committee for its racist policies.
1985 – Airtours Boeing-737 crashes at Manchester airport, 55 killed
1992 – FBI HRT sniper Lon Horiuchi shoots and kills Vicki Weaver during an 11-day siege at her home at Ruby Ridge, Idaho.
2019 – Bielefeld in Germany offers €1m prize to anyone in who can prove the town doesn’t exit to disprove 25-year-old conspiracy theory

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Famous Birthdays

1867 – Maximilian Bircher-Benner, Swiss physician and nutritionist, born in Aarau, Switzerland (d. 1939)
1915 – Hugh Paddick, English actor (Round the Horne), born in Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire, England (d. 2000)
1937 – Pat Gillick, American Baseball HOF executive (GM Toronto Blue Jays World Series 1992, 93, Philadelphia Phillies 2008), born in Chico, California
1937 – Max Hebditch, British director (Museum of London), born in Yeovil, England
1956 – Paul Molitor, American Baseball HOF infielder (7 x MLB All-Star Milwaukee Brewers; World Series MVP 1993 Toronto Blue Jays) and manager (Minnesota Twins 2015-18), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
1968 – Henrik Holm, Swedish tennis star, born in Täby, Sweden

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Famous Deaths

1572 – Thomas Percy, 7th Earl of Northumberland (b. 1528)
1920 – Anders Zorn, Swedish painter, etcher and sculptor (Gustavus Vasa), dies at 60
1990 – Merlin Marston, American actor (Blue Sky), dies of non-Hodgkins lymphoma at 46
2015 – Andy Mapple, English water skier (World Slalom C’ship 1981, 89, 95, 97, 99, 2001), dies at 52
2020 – Peder Holm, Danish composer, dies at 93
2021 – Brian Travers, British rock saxophonist (UB40 – “Red, Red Wine”), dies of cancer at 62

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