22nd July

1881 Margery Williams born, author of the Velveteen Rabbit

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1894 first ever motor race, between Paris and Rouen

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1951 Dezik and Tsygan are the first dogs in space

 

Ratcatcher’s Day (celebrating Pied Piper of Hamelin, after Robert Browning’s poem; Hamelin celebrates this on 26 June following Brothers Grimm version)

Revolution Day (Gambia)

Birthday of the Late King Sobhuza (Swaziland)

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