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THIS DAY IN HISTORY                Thursday, 22 August 2019
In the War of the Roses, King Richard III was defeated and killed by Henry Tudor (who ruled as Henry VII and began the Tudor rule in England.)

Madras (now Chennai), was founded by the British East India Company who built Fort St George on the land bought from local Nayak rulers.

A civil war broke out in England between King Charles I and the English Parliament.


The Geneva Convention was adopted and signed by twelve nations. The agreement, advocated by Swiss humanitarian Jean Henry Dunant, called for non-partisan care to the sick and wounded in times of war.

One of the world's greatest photographers, Henri Cartier-Bresson was born.

Irish revolutionary and Sinn Fein politician, Michael Collins was killed in an ambush near Macroom, Ireland.

Soviet troops occupied Romania during the Second World War and remained until 1958.

The sparsely populated Queen Charlotte Islands was rocked by the second greatest earthquake in Canada’s history. However, nobody was killed.

In tennis, Maria Sharapova briefly became the first Russian woman to reach world number one position in the WTA rankings.

Team Jamaica consisting of Nesta Carter, Michael Frater, Usain Bolt and Asafa Powell won the gold medal and set a new world record in the men's 4x100m relay at the Beijing Olympics.

Vijender Kumar became the first Indian boxer to win an Olympic medal when he won the bronze medal in the middleweight category at the Beijing Olympics.


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