August 22


Today's Trivia August 22, 1979: ABSCAM

1979 ABSCAM U.S. Representative Michael Myers is videotaped accepting a $50,000 bribe. The FBI had set up a fraudulent Arabian company and videotaped public officials accepting bribes in return for various political favors. Six members of the U.S. House of Representatives, one U.S. Senator, a member of the New Jersey State Senate, members of the Philadelphia City Council, the Mayor of Camden, New Jersey, and an inspector for the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service would eventually be convicted. ABSCAM was short "Arab scam."|

Today's Trivia August 22, 1962: The Day of the Jackal

1962 The Day of the Jackal Georges Watin fires at French President Charles DeGaulle's limousine as it drives through a Paris suburb. Watin claims they wanted to kidnap DeGaulle so he could to tried for treason by a high military court for giving independence to Algeria, and then execute him. However, when the plan didn't work, he attempted to assassinate him on the spot. Watin was condemned to death in absentia in 1963, but pardoned by an amnesty law in 1968.
Watin was a professional killer known as the "Jackal." A fictionalized version of the incident was the basis of Frederick Forsythe's famous 1971 novel, The Day of the Jackal.

Today's Trivia August 22, 1902: First U.S. president to ride in an automobile

1902 First U.S. president to ride in an automobile Pres. Teddy Roosevelt tours Hartford, Connecticut in a Columbia Electric Victoria.

Today's Trivia August 22, 565: Loch Ness Monster

565 Loch Ness Monster According to the Life of St. Columba by St. Adamnan, Columba has an encounter with Nessie.

1911 Mona Lisa stolen Leonard da Vinci's famous painting is stolen from the Louvre in Paris. It was recovered unharmed two years later.


Today's Trivia August 22, 1920: Ray Bradbury

1920 Ray Bradbury d. 2012 American science-fiction author. Writings: The Martian Chronicles (1950) and Fahrenheit 451 (1953).

1848 Melville Elijah Stone d. 1929 American newspaper publisher. He is credited with introducing the odd-pricing strategy. He encouraged his advertisers to subtract a penny from the price - for example, making a $3 item $2.99.


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