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Events - August 22
1770 - Captain James Cook, having landed at Australia, claimed it for the British Crown.

1851 - The Hundred Guinea Cup, a silver trophy, was presented by the Royal Yacht Squadron to the U.S. 1851 - The Hundred Guinea Cup, a silver trophy, was presented by the Royal Yacht Squadron to the U.S. schooner "America", the winner of an international race around the Isle of Wight. The trophy was eventually turned over to the New York Yacht Club and is now known as the America’s Cup. "America", the winner of an international race around the Isle of Wight. The trophy was eventually turned over to the New York Yacht Club and is now known as the America’s Cup.

1865 - William Sheppard of New York City patented liquid soap. Take a rubber ducky to lunch today.

1906 - The Victor Talking Machine Company of Camden, New Jersey began to manufacture the Victrola (record player). The hand-cranked unit, with horn cabinet, sold for $200. Records sold separately.

1911 - Leonardo da Vinci’s painting, "Mona Lisa", was stolen from the Louvre Museum in Paris this night. Those who visited the Louvre stared at the blank space on the wall where the world’s most famous painting had hung. Was it the work of a madman? A professional thief couldn’t sell the world’s most famous painting ... so it must have been someone who had lost their mental faculties ... or was it? On December 13, 1913, "Mona Lisa" was found, undamaged, in the city of its origin. It seems that another Florence artist, this one of the 20th century, Vincenzo Perugia, had been arrested for stealing the painting. Vincenzo allegedly tried to sell the painting to an antique dealer.

1932 - The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) began its first experimental TV broadcast in England.

1938 - Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers appeared, dancing, on the cover of "LIFE" magazine, published on this day.

1938 - Count Basie recorded the classic swing tune, "Jumpin’ at the Woodside", for Decca Records.

1947 - After many years as a 15-minute daily serial, "Jack Armstrong, the All-American Boy", was heard for the first time as a 30-minute feature on ABC radio. Remember, if you want to grow up to be big and strong like Jack Armstrong, keep these three rules in mind: Get plenty of sleep, fresh air and exercise. Make a friend of soap and water, because dirt breeds germs -- and germs can make people sickly and weak. And for sound nourishment and keen flavor, eat a big bowlful of Wheaties, the Breakfast of Champions, with plenty of milk or cream and some type of fruit.

1951 - The largest crowd to see a basketball game to that time -- 75,052 -- looked on as the Harlem Globetrotters performed before a non-paying crowd in Berlin’s Olympic Stadium.

1954 - Native Dancer, with career earnings of $785,240, was retired from horse racing. A foot ailment put the famous horse -- fourth on the all-time thoroughbred winner’s list -- out to pasture.

1967 - President Lyndon B. Johnson welcomed the Shah of Iran to the U.S. for a two-day visit. Two months later, Mohammed Reza Shah Pahlevi was crowned King of Kings. One of the Shah’s major proclamations provided for a general amnesty for political prisoners overflowing Iran’s jails.

1972 - The Republican party renominated Richard M. Nixon (President of U.S.) and Spiro T. Agnew (Vice President) in Miami, FL.

1987 - Madonna’s single "Who’s that Girl" hit #1 in the U.S for a short and sweet one-week stay at the top.

1989 - Nolan Ryan of the Texas Rangers fanned Rickey Henderson of the Oakland Athletics to become the first pitcher to strike out 5,000 batters. It happened in the fifth inning at 8:51 p.m. on a 3-2, 96-mph fastball. Ryan’s accomplishment prompted a one-minute, 25-second standing ovation from the sellout crowd of 42,869 at Arlington Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

1990 - Scores of angry smokers blocked a street near Moscow's Red Square for hours in protest of the summer-long cigarette shortage.

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Birthdays - August 22
1834 - Samuel Langley (pioneer in aviation: Langley Air Force Base [in Virginia] bears his name; died Feb 27, 1906)

1836 - Archibald M. Willard (artist: The Spirit of ’76; died Oct 11, 1918)

1848 - Melville Stone (journalist: founder/publisher: Chicago Daily News, Associated Press; autobiography: Fifty Years a Journalist; died Feb 15, 1929)

1862 - Claude Debussy (composer: Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun, La Mer, Clair de Lune, Nocturnes, String Quartet in G minor; died Mar 25, 1918)

1880 - George Herriman (cartoonist: comic strips: Krazy Kat, Krazy Kat and Ignatz, The Dingbat Family; died Apr 25, 1944)

1893 - Dorothy Parker (Rothschild) (author: News Item: Men seldom make passes/At girls who wear glasses; Enough Rope, Sunset Gun, Death and Taxes, Here Lies; New Yorker columnist; died June 7, 1967)

1917 - John Lee Hooker (singer: Boom, Boom, I Don’t Want To Go to Viet Nam, Boogie Chillen’, One Scotch, One Bourbon, One Beer; in film: The Blues Brothers; died June 21, 2001)

1920 - Ray Bradbury (writer: Fahrenheit 451, The Toynbee Convector, Martian Chronicles; died Jun 5, 2012)

1920 - Dr. Denton Cooley (heart surgeon: pioneered many techniques used in cardiovascular surgery; died Nov 18, 2016)

1926 - Bob Flanigan (singer: group: The Four Freshmen: It’s a Blue World; died May 15, 2011)

1929 - Elmo Langley (auto racer: NASCAR pace car driver and official: died of heart attack while preparing for race at Suzuka Circuitland race course, Japan Nov 21, 1996)

1933 - Sylva Koscina (actress: Lisa and the Devil, The Slasher, Deadly Sanctuary, Hercules Unchained, Hercules; died Dec 26, 1994)

1934 - Diana Sands (actress: A Raisin in the Sun, Doctors’ Wives, Honeybaby, Honeybaby; died Sep 21, 1973)

1934 - Norman Schwarzkopf (U.S. Army General: Desert Storm [1990-91]; author: It Doesn’t Take a Hero; died Dec 27, 2012)

1935 - Morton Dean (TV news anchor: CBS, ABC News)

1938 - Paul Maguire (football: SD Chargers, Buffalo Bills; NBC, ESPN TV NFL color analyst)

1939 - Valerie Harper (Emmy Award-winning actress: Rhoda [1974-75], The Mary Tyler Moore Show [1970-71, 1971-72, 1972-73]; City, Valerie)

1939 - Carl (Michael) Yastrzemski (‘Yas’: Baseball Hall of Famer: Boston Red Sox outfielder [all-star: 1963, 1965 thru 1979, 1982, 1983/World Series: 1967, 1975/Baseball Writers’ Award: 1967])

1941 - Bill (Duane) Parcells (football coach: Air Force Academy, NY Giants [Sporting News Coach of the Year: 1986], New England Patriots, New York Jets, Dallas Cowboys)

1942 - Joe Chambers (musician: guitar; singer: group: The Chambers Brothers: Time Has Come Today)

1944 - Tom Mitchell (football: Baltimore Colts tight end: Super Bowl: III, V; died Jul 16, 2017)

1947 - Cindy Williams (actress: Laverne & Shirley, Normal Life, Getting By, The Funny Side, American Graffiti, Rude Awakening)

1948 - Delles Howell (football: NO Saints, NY Jets)

1948 - Sam Neely (singer: Love You Just Crossed My Mind; July 19, 2006)

1950 - (Bertram) Ray Burris (baseball: pitcher: Chicago Cubs, NY Mets, NY Yankees, Montreal Expos, Oakland Athletics, Milwaukee Brewers, SL Cardinals)

1951 - Ike (Isaac Bernard) Hampton (baseball: NY Mets, California Angels)

1952 - Gary (Ray) Beare (baseball: pitcher: Milwaukee Brewers)

1956 - Paul (Leo) Molitor (baseball: Milwaukee Brewers [all-star: 1980, 1985, 1988, 1991, 1992/World Series: 1982]; Toronto Blue Jays [all-star: 1993, 1994/World Series: 1993: MVP: only player to hit 5 for 5 in World Series; designated hitter record for stolen bases [24]]; Minnesota Twins)

1960 - Debbi Peterson (musician: drums, singer: group: Bangles: Walk like an Egyptian, Manic Monday)

1961 - Roland Orzabal (singer, musician: guitar: duo: Tears For Fears: Shout, Everybody Wants to Rule the World, Head Over Heels, Suffer the Children, Mad World, Change, Pale Shelter)

1964 - Mats Wilander (tennis champion: Australian Open [1983, 84, 88], French Open [1982, 85, 88], U.S. Open [1988])

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Chart Toppers - August 22
1949
Some Enchanted Evening - Perry Como
Room Full of Roses - The Sammy Kaye Orchestra (vocal: Don Cornell)
You’re Breaking My Heart - Vic Damone
I’m Throwing Rice (At the Girl that I Love) - Eddy Arnold

1957
Love Letters in the Sand - Pat Boone
Tammy - Debbie Reynolds
Whispering Bells - The Dell-Vikings
(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear - Elvis Presley

1965
I Got You Babe - Sonny & Cher
Save Your Heart for Me - Gary Lewis & The Playboys
Help! - The Beatles
Yes, Mr. Peters - Roy Drusky & Priscilla Mitchell

1973
Touch Me in the Morning - Diana Ross
Live and Let Die - Wings
Brother Louie - Stories
Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man - Conway Twitty & Loretta Lynn

1981
Endless Love - Diana Ross & Lionel Richie
Theme from "Greatest American Hero" (Believe It or Not) - Joey Scarbury
Slow Hand - Pointer Sisters
I Don’t Need You - Kenny Rogers

1989
Right Here Waiting - Richard Marx
On Our Own - Bobby Brown
Cold Hearted - Paula Abdul
Sunday in the South - Shenandoah

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