On this day: August 22

POSTED: 03:42 PM PDT Aug 20, 2012    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT Aug 21, 2014 

Teddy Roosevelt goes for a historic ride, tennis player Althea Gibson breaks racial barriers, The Supremes hit No. 1 for the first time, and Nolan Ryan notches his 5,000 career strikeout, all on this day.

OTD August 22 - Michael Collins
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1922: Irish revolutionary leader Michael Collins is assassinated at age 31 in an ambush in County Cork by forces opposed to the treaty he negotiated with Great Britain establishing the Irish Free State. Irish Republican Army purists had seen the treaty, which also led to the partitioning of Northern Ireland, as sell-out while Collins hoped it would lead to the republic he had fought to create.

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