Monday, August 22, 2005

Today in History - Aug. 22

Today in History - Aug. 22: "On Aug. 22, 1775, Britain's King George III proclaimed the American colonies in a state of open rebellion.

On this date:

In 1485, England's King Richard III was killed in the Battle of Bosworth Field, ending the War of the Roses.

In 1787, inventor John Fitch demonstrated his steamboat on the Delaware River to delegates of the Continental Congress.

In 1846, the United States annexed New Mexico.

In 1851, the schooner America outraced the Aurora off the English coast to win a trophy that came to be known as the America's Cup.

In 1902, President Theodore Roosevelt became the first U.S. chief executive to ride in an automobile, in Hartford, Conn.

In 1911, it was announced in Paris that Leonardo da Vinci's 'Mona Lisa' had been stolen from the Louvre Museum the night before. (The painting turned up two years later, in Italy.)

In 1956, President Eisenhower and Vice President Nixon were nominated for second terms in office by the Republican national convention in San Francisco."

Whee!

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