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August 22nd is a day marked by a collection of diverse celebrations and observances. From promoting dental health and animal care to encouraging altruistic behavior and considering dairy alternatives, this date inspires actions and awareness across a variety of concerns.

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Interesting Facts of August 22nd

  1. 1. St. Columba reportedly sees the Loch Ness Monster on August 22, 565. According to the story, he came across a group of people burying a man by the River Ness, and after learning that the man had been swimming when he was attacked by a "water beast," Columba sent a follower to swim across the river. The beast approached the swimmer but stopped and fled when Columba made the sign of the cross and commanded it to go no further.
  2. 2. The United States annexed New Mexico on August 22, 1848. After the end of the Mexican-American War with the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, which included the purchase of New Mexico and Arizona, the U.S. formally established New Mexico as a territory with a land area much larger than the current state.
  3. 3. President Theodore Roosevelt becomes the first United States president to ride in an automobile in Hartford, Connecticut on August 22, 1902, marking a new era of presidential transportation and promoting the nascent American car industry.
  4. 4. On August 22, 1962, an assassination attempt is made on French President Charles de Gaulle by the Secret Army Organization (OAS), a group who opposed Algerian independence. Despite numerous bullets hitting the vehicle, de Gaulle and his wife manage to escape unharmed.
  5. 5. On August 22, 1989, Nolan Ryan of the Texas Rangers becomes the first Major League Baseball pitcher to record 5000 strikeouts in a career. This milestone solidifies his reputation as one of the greatest pitchers in baseball history.
  6. 6. The Scream and Madonna, two paintings by Edvard Munch, are stolen at gunpoint from the Munch Museum in Oslo, Norway on August 22, 2004. They are recovered by Norwegian police on August 31, 2006.