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August 22, 1864

Red Cross Founded

The Geneva Convention of 1864 for the Amelioration of the Condition of the Wounded and Sick of Armies in the Field is adopted by 12 nations meeting in Geneva. The agreement, advocated by Swiss humanitarian Jean-Henri Dunant, called for nonpartisan care to the sick and wounded in times of war, and pr...

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August 22, 1920

Ray Bradbury Is Born

On this day in 1920, Raymond "Ray" Bradbury, one of the most influential and respected authors of the 20th century, was born. Recognised as one of the leading lights of science fiction and fantasy writing, he enjoyed a career that spanned seven decades producing numerous novels and hundreds of short...

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August 22, 1903

Nazi Propaganda Filmmaker Born

On this day in 1902, German filmmaker, actress, dancer, and film pioneer Leni Riefenstahl was born. Though her film and photographic techniques were hailed as groundbreaking and Riefenstahl herself considered among the greatest female filmmakers of the 20th century, the film pioneer's career was des...

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