Today In History August 22

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Today In History August 22
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Among all the 365 days within the calendar, most folks only remember dates that hold a special place in our personal lives. However, it might be intriguing to understand that each date in the calendar has a lot more significance than what meets the attention. If reliable online sources, history books, and other sources are to be revisited, we might be astonished by the importance of every day. August 22 to be one such day that would be ignored by most of the people as just another day on the calendar, sadly thanks to ignorance. It was a day when the International Red Cross was founded among many other significant events. 22 August is additionally known for being the day when several great battles just like Romania occupied by Soviet troops (World War II). 22nd August is also remembered as the day when Citroen helps de Gaulle survive an assassination attempt.

Let’s discuss a few major Historical events in Today’s History.

1864: International Red Cross founded

The Geneva Convention of 1864 for the Amelioration of the Condition of the Wounded and Sick of Armies in the Field is adopted by twelve nations meeting in Geneva.The agreement, advocated by Swiss humanitarian Jean-Henri Dunant, called for nonpartisan care to the sick and wounded in times of war and provided for the neutrality of medical personnel. Also, it proposed the use of an international emblem to mark medical personnel and supplies.

In honor of Dunant’s nationality, a red cross on a white background–the Swiss flag in reverse–was chosen. In the year 1901, Dunant was awarded the first Nobel Peace Prize.

In the year 1881, American humanitarians Clara Barton and AdolphusSolomons founded the American National Red Cross, an organization designed to provide humanitarian aid to victims of wars and natural disasters in congruence with the International Red Cross.

Today in Sports History

1989: Nolan Ryan Signed 5,000th Strikeout Game-Used Baseball

Perhaps the most feared pitcher in baseball history, Nolan Ryan threw smoke and was a perpetual threat to toss a no-hitter. This official American League (Brown) baseball shows nice use and was in the Hall of Famer’s right hand on August 22, 1989 – the day he became the first man to reach 5,000 career strikeouts. Oakland’s Rickey Henderson led off the top of the fifth inning and waved at a low, 3-2 fastball to become the answer to a trivia question. After the game, Henderson was quoted as saying, ”It was an honor to be the 5,000th. As Davey Lopes says, ‘If he ain’t struck you out, you ain’t nobody.'” It comes with an LOA from former major league umpire Davy Phillips and JSA LOA for the signature, which rates 6.5/10. Ryan pitched a complete game that night in Arlington, allowing just one earned run while striking out 13, but Bob Welch and the A’s prevailed 2-0. The all-time strikeout king by far, Ryan finished his career with 5,714 punch-outs, over 1,500 more than his nearest competition. Ryan also holds the major league record for most seasons played with 27.

Inventions/Science History

1962:Citroen helps de Gaulle survive the assassination attempt

On this day in 1962, President Charles de Gaulle of France survives one of many assassination attempts against him thanks to the superior performance of the presidential automobile: The sleek, aerodynamics Citroen DS 19, known as “La Deesse” (The Goddess).

When the Citroen DS made its sensational debut at the 1955 Paris Motor Show, its streamlined, understood from stood out among the tail-finned and chrome-covered cars popular in that era.

Reference:

www.history.com

www.britannica.com