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22nd August

1642 The English Civil War began between supporters of King Charles I (Royalists or Cavaliers) and those of Oliver Cromwell (Roundheads).

1846 New Mexico was annexed by the USA.

1851 The America's Cup. US yacht America beat the British Aurora off the English coast to win the trophy First.

1862 * Claude Debussy, French composer.

1864 The International Red Cross was founded.

1902 Theodore Roosevelt became the first United States president to ride in an automobile.

1910 Korea was annexed by Japan.

1920 * Ray Bradbury, US science-fiction writer.

1940 * Valerie Harper, US TV actress who starred in the TV series Rhoda.

1957 * Steve Davis, English snooker world champion 1981, 1983, 1984, 1987 and 1989.

1962 The world's first nuclear-powered ship the Savannah, completed her maiden voyage from Yorktown, Virginia, to Savannah, Georgia.

1966 Britain's largest manufacturing company Imperial Chemical Industries announced 1,000 redundancies.

1972 Rhodesia was thrown out of the Munich Olympic Games.

1978 The Kenyan president, Jomo Kenyatta, died aged 89 at his home in Mombasa.

1985 A British Boeing 737 plane burst into flames at Manchester Airport killing 55 people.

1986 Following allegations he was associating with criminals. Deputy chief constable of Greater Manchester police John Stalker was cleared of misconduct.

1999 A 54-year-old farmer Tony Martin, was arrested after a suspected burglar was killed at a farmhouse in Norfolk.

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