Today In History - Friday, August 22nd

2007


The Texas Rangers rout the Baltimore Orioles 30-3, the most runs scored by a team in modern MLB history.
The Storm botnet, a botnet created by the Storm Worm, sends out a record 57 million e-mails in one day
2004


A version of ''The Scream'' and ''Madonna'', two paintings by Edvard Munch, are stolen at gunpoint from a museum in Oslo, Norway.
2003


Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore is suspended after refusing to comply with a federal court order to remove a rock inscribed with the Ten Commandments from the lobby of the Alabama Supreme Court building.
1992


FBI HRT sniper Lon Horiuchi shoots and kills Vicki Weaver during an 11-day siege at her home at Ruby Ridge, Idaho.
1989


The first ring of Neptune is discovered.
Nolan Ryan strikes out Rickey Henderson to become the first Major League Baseball pitcher to record 5,000 strikeouts.
1978


The ''Frente Sandinista de Liberacion'' or FSLN occupies national palace in Nicaragua.
1972


Rhodesia is expelled by the IOC for its racist policies.
1971


J. Edgar Hoover and John Mitchell announce the arrest of 20 of the Camden 28.
1968


Pope Paul VI arrives in Bogotá, Colombia. It is the first visit of a pope to Latin America.
1966


Labor movements NFWA and AWOC merge to become the United Farm Workers Organizing Committee (UFWOC), predecessor of the United Farm Workers.
1963


Joe Walker in an X-15 test plane reaches an altitude of 106 km.
1962


An attempt to assassinate French president Charles de Gaulle fails.
The NS ''Savannah'', the world's first nuclear-powered cargo ship, completes its maiden voyage.
1952


The penal colony on Devil's Island is permanently closed.
1950


Althea Gibson becomes the first black competitor in international tennis.
1949


Queen Charlotte earthquake: Canada's largest earthquake since the 1700 Cascadia earthquake
1944


World War II: Romania is captured by the Soviet Union.
1942


World War II: Brazil declares war on Germany and Italy.
1941


World War II: German troops reach Leningrad, leading to the siege of Leningrad.
1932


The BBC first experiments with television broadcasting. (See also Timeline of the BBC.)
1926


Gold is discovered in Johannesburg, South Africa.
1922


Michael Collins, Commander-in-Chief of the Irish Free State Army is shot dead during an Anti-Treaty ambush at Beal na mBlath, County Cork, during the Irish Civil War.
1914


World War I: in Belgium, British and German troops clash for the first time in the war.
1911


Theft of the ''Mona Lisa'' is discovered.
1902


Theodore Roosevelt becomes the first President of the United States to ride in an automobile.
The German Luger, later to become the official German sidearm for both World Wars, is first produced.
1901


Cadillac Motor Company is founded.
1875


The Treaty of Saint Petersburg between Japan and Russia is ratified, providing for the exchange of Sakhalin for the Kuril Islands.
1864


Twelve nations sign the First Geneva Convention. The Red Cross is formed.
1851


The first America's Cup is won by the yacht ''America''.
1849


The first air raid in history. Austria launches pilotless balloons against the Italian city of Venice.
1848


The United States annexes New Mexico.
1831


Nat Turner's slave rebellion commences just after midnight in Southampton, Virginia, leading to the deaths of more than 50 whites and several hundred African Americans who were killed in retaliation for the uprising.
1827


José de La Mar becomes President of Peru.
1798


French troops land in Kilcummin harbour, County Mayo, Ireland to aid Wolfe Tone's United Irishmen's Irish Rebellion.
1791


Beginning of the Haitian Slave Revolution in Saint-Domingue.
1780


James Cook's ship ''HMS Resolution'' returns to England (Cook having been killed on Hawaii during the voyage).
1775


King George III declares the American colonies to be in open rebellion.
1770


James Cook's expedition lands on the east coast of Australia.
1717


Spanish troops land on Sardinia.
1654


Jacob Barsimson arrives in New Amsterdam. He is the first known Jewish immigrant to America.
1642


Charles I calls the English Parliament traitors. The English Civil War begins.
1639


Madras (now Chennai), India, is founded by the British East India Company on a sliver of land bought from local Nayak rulers.
1559


Bartolomé Carranza, Spanish archbishop, is arrested for heresy.
1485


The Battle of Bosworth Field, the death of Richard III and the end of the House of Plantagenet.
1138


Battle of the Standard between Scotland and England.
851


Erispoe defeats Charles the Bald near the Breton town of Jengland.
565


St. Columba reports seeing a monster in Loch Ness, Scotland.
476


Odoacer is named ''Rex italiae'' by his troop.
392


Arbogast has Eugenius elected Western Roman Emperor.