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August 22 in History

Update: August, 22/2012 - 09:28

 

1784

Vincent Lunardi makes England's first hot-air balloon flight, accompanied by a cat and dog.

1788

The British settlement in Sierra Leone is founded. Britain said it was to provide a home in Africa for freed slaves and homeless Africans from England.

1862

Birth of French composer Claude Debussy (died 1918). He was the first exponent of musical impressionism, using unusual tone patterns to communicate mood and emotion. His works include L'Apres-midi d'un Faune (1894) and the opera Pelleas et Melisande (1892-1902).

1864

The Geneva Convention for the protection of the wounded during times of active warfare is signed, leading to the formation of the Red Cross.

1930

The two halves of Sydney Harbour Bridge are joined together. It was eventually opened in March 1932.

1962

The US ship Savannah, the world's first nuclear-powered ship, completes her maiden voyage from Yorktown, Virginia, to Savannah, Georgia.

1990

The German Democratic Republic Parliament (East Germany) agrees to formal unification with the Federal Republic of Germany (West Germany).

1998

Angolan troops enter the war in Congo on the side of President Laurent Kabila, apparently saving the capital Kinshasa.

2006

A Russian passenger jet crashes in Ukraine during a thunderstorm just minutes after sending a distress signal, killing all 170 people on board, including dozens of children. — REUTERS/AP

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