This month in History

This month in History: August 2019

General events not linked to a date

National Catfish Month (US)

National Panini Month (US)

National Peach Month (US)

National Sandwich Month (US)
National Mustard Day is the First Saturday of August
1914 Louis Botha & Jan Smuts lead South Africa into the war in support of Great Britain against Germany

1914 Digging at the big hole in Kimberley ends, leaving a hole 1.6km in circumference with 14 504 carats of diamonds having been found

1 August

National Raspberry Cream Pie Day (US)

1819 birth Herman Melville writer of Moby-Dick and Billy Budd.

1914 Germany and France Declare War

1936 Berlin Olympics Opens

1936 The SABC (South African Broadcasting Corporation) was formed by an Act of Parliament

1966 University Of Texas Shootings

1981 MTV Debuts

1994 Michael Jackson Marries Lisa Marie Presley

2 August

National Ice-Cream Sandwich Day (US)

1934 Adolf Hitler becomes Germany’s Fuhrer

1943 PT-109 Commanded by Lt. John F. Kennedy Sunk

1964 Gulf of Tonkin Attack On US Destroyer Maddox

1990 Iraq Invades Kuwait

3 August

National Watermelon Day (US)

Picnic Day (AUS)

1492 Columbus Set Sail. Extract from his journals and some homeschool resources!

1914 Germany and France Declare War

1981 US Air Traffic Controllers Strike

4 August

National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day (US)

1782 The 700 ton East India merchant ship “the Grosvenor” runs aground. Write-up about Captain John Coxon and the Grosvenor

1892 The parents of Lizzie Borden found murdered. 9 facts I didn’t know about her

1901 Louis Armstrong’s Birthday. Lance Armstrong House to visit in Nee York! Extensive resources from the Smithsonian for us homeschoolers

1902 Cape Town’s time guns having been moved to Signal Hill, are fired there for the first time. The Lion Battery remains the property of the South African Navy. Big Bang behind the noon guns in CT

1941 Nazi Troops Within 50 miles of Kiev. A post about the ending of the Battle of Kiev and a YouTube video of Kiev

1944 Anne Frank Captured By Germans

1961 Barack Obama’s Birthday. 50 facts I didn’t know about him

1989 The Savings and Loan Crisis (US)

5 August
National Waffle Day (US)

National Oyster Day (US)

1930 Neil Armstrong’s Birthday

6 August

National Root Beer Float Day (US)

1666 The Treaty of The Hague is signed whereby the Dutch Republic sells New Holland (Brazil) for 63 tonnes of gold to Portugal

– Moneyweek narrated this historic event

1809 – 1892 Alfred Lord Tennyson’s Birthday

The Eagle

He clasps the crag with crooked hands;
Close to the sun in lonely lands,
Ring’d with the azure world, he stands.
The wrinkled sea beneath him crawls;
He watches from his mountain walls,
And like a thunderbolt he falls.

1881 – 1955 Alexander Fleming’s Birthday

1890 At Auburn Prison in New York, murderer William Kemmler becomes first person to be executed by electric chair

– and his death was such torturous

– a bit more graphic telling of this execution

The First Execution By Electric Chair

– a bit more history to get nauseated by…

1911 – 1989 Lucille Ball born

1926 Gertrude “Trudy” Ederle Swims English Channel

1928 – 1987 Andy Warhol’s birthday

1934 Dust Bowl Drought Continues In Mid West

1945 Nuclear bomb Hiroshima

– Ebola Gay, the plane that carried this bomb, and it’s crew

– some more history

1957 “American Bandstand” makes its network debut on ABC

1962 Marilyn Monroe was found dead in her bedroom

1965 Voting Rights Act Signed Into Law

– the impact of this act signed

1965 Beatles Release the Album “Help!” In UK

1973 Fulgencio  Batista died, born 1901

1975 Dutch Elm Disease Kills 3 million trees in Britain. Learning from history is evident through the ample research online

1983 At&T Broken Up Lessons learned and still implemented 30 years later

1991 Tim Berners-Lee launches the world wide web

– the start of a new era

1997 Microsoft Buys Stake in Apple Computers, referred to as the worst deal ever

2015 Louise Stuggs died, born 1923

7 August

National Lighthouse Day (SA)

National IPA Day (US)

Raspberries and Cream Day (US)

International Beer Day

1461 Ming Dynasty Chinese military general Cao Qin stages a coup against the Tianshun Emperor

1741 The Battle of Gangut: the first important victory of the Russian Navy during the Great Northern War against Sweden

1933 Author Jerry Pournelle, first writer to write a novel on a wordprosessor

First author to write a novel on a word processor died 8 September 2017

1933 The Iraqi Government slaughters over 3,000 Assyrians in the village of Sumail. The day becomes known as Assyrian Martyrs Day.

1947 Kon-Tiki Expedition Completes Trip across the Pacific Ocean

1955 Tokyo Telecommunications Engineering, the precursor to Sony, begins selling its first transistor radios in Japan

1964 Gulf of Tonkin Resolution Passed

1987 Lynn Cox swam the Bering Straight. Interview with her

1990 Operation Desert Shield begins – US deploys troops to Saudi Arabia

1998 US Embassies Bombed Kenya

2007 Barry Bonds 756th Home Run

2009 Tik Tok” single released by Kesha (Billboard Song of the Year 2010)

8 August

National Frozen Custard Day (US)

National Zucchini Day (US)

1963 “The Great Train Robbery” UK

1974 Richard Nixon Announces his resignation following the Watergate Scandal During a nationally televised broadcast

1976 First Legionnaire’s Disease Harrisburg, Philadelphia

1988 The Burmese 8888 Uprising

9 August

International Art Appreciation Day

National woman’s day (SA)

National Rice Pudding Day (US)

1925 Ku Klux Klan Mass Meeting Washington 50,000 marchers

1936 Jesse Owens wins fourth gold medal Berlin Olympics

1945 Atom Bomb Dropped On Nagasaki

1956 First Woman’s March in Pretoria

1969 Sharon Tate Found Murdered ( Charles Manson )

10 August

National S’Mores Day (US)

Lazy Day (US)

National Banana Split Day (US)

1874 Herbert Hoover

1897 Automobile Club of Great Britain Formed

1927 Construction began on Mt Rushmore

1945 Truman Announces Japanese Surrender

1954 Construction on the St. Lawrence Seaway began at Massena, New York.

1977 The ” Son Of Sam ” Serial killer David Berkowitz Arrested

1990 Magellan Space Craft Arrives At The Planet Venus

11 August

Play in the Sand Day. (US) Physics of sand castles and Sand Castle Central!

National Panini Day (US)

National Raspberry Tart Day (US)

1929 Babe Ruth first player in the history of baseball to hit 500 home runs

1965 Race riots Watts neighbourhood of Los Angeles, California

1991 911 Emergency Number pioneered in Schaumburg. The chief retired after 42 years in service

1992 Mall of America Opens

12 August

National Julienne Fries Day (US)

1955 Minimum Hourly Wage Raised To $1.00 Per Hour

1964 South Africa Barred from the Olympic Games

1981 IBM Releases It’s First Personal Computer

1990 Tyrannosaurus Rex / Sue Discovered South Dakota

13 August

International Left-Handed Day! Famous left handed people

National Filet Mignon Day (US)

1860 Annie Oakley’s Birthday 10 things you didn’t know about her

1961 East Germany Border Closed To West Germany

1966 China has announced It’s Cultural Revolution

2006 Tokyo Power Blackout

2011 Stages Collapses at Indiana State Fair

14 August

National Creamsicle Day (US)

1935 Social Security Bill Signed Into Law Providing Unemployment Benefit

1945 Truman Announces Japanese Surrender

1947 India and Pakistan Gain Independence

2003 North America Power Outage New York to Canada

15 August

Joke Day (US)

Roller Coaster Day (US)

National Lemon Meringue Pie Day (US)

1898 First Roller Coaster patented

1912 Julia Child’s Birthday

1914 Panama Canal Opens

1965 Beatles Live Concert at Shea Stadium

1965 Los Angeles Watts Riots

1969 Woodstock Music Festival

1998 Omagh Bombing Northern Ireland

16 August

National Rum Day (US)

National Bratwurst Day (US)

1908 Mohandas ‘Mohatma’ Ghandi (a Hindu) leads 3000 Muslims, Hindus and Christians to burn their passes in the courtyard of the Hamidia Mosque in Newtown, Johannesburg

1977 Elvis Presley Dies Of Heart Attack

2002 Dresden, Germany Flooding

17 August

National Vanilla Custard Day (US)

1786 Davy Crockett (Died 1836)

1962 East German Border Guards Kill Peter Fechter

1969 Hurricane Camille Make Landfall Bay St. Louis, Mississippi 45 photos from that storm

1969 Woodstock Music Festival Ends

1998 President Clinton acknowledged he had an inappropriate relationship with Monica Lewinsky

18 August

Bad Poetry Day (US) What is bad poetry?

National Ice Cream Pie Day (US)

1744 Meriwether Lewis (Died 1809)

1920 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution Ratified

1931 Yangtze River Floods causing the death of 3.7 million people directly and indirectly

1937 Toyota Motor Company Founded

1963 James Meredith graduates

2006 60hr work week at Apple iPod plant for $60 per month

19 August

Potato Day (origin?)

National Soft-Serve Ice Cream Day (US)

*National Hot & Spicy Food Day (US)

1867 Wilbur Wright Born

1944 Paris is Liberated by the Allies

1953 Iran Military Coup Supported By United States

1958 Packard Cars End Production

1987 Hungerford, UK Killing Spree by Michael Ryan

20 August

*National ‘ Bacon Lovers ‘ Day (US)

National Chocolate Pecan Pie Day (US)

1920 First Commercial Radio Station Detroit, Michigan

1940 Winston Churchill makes the speech “Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.

1968 “Prague Spring”, Czechoslovakia Soviet troops crush protests and restore order.

1989 Marchioness Disaster River Thames London

21 August

National Sweet Tea Day (US)

1911 The Mona Lisa Stolen in France

1959 Hawaii becomes the 50th state in the United States. A YouTube video, original footage

2006 Saddam Hussein crimes against humanity trial Begins

22 August

National Pecan Torte Day (US)

*National “Eat a Peach” Day (US)

1902 Cadillac Started In Detroit

1941 Germany Attacks Leningrad

1992 Hurricane Andrew Strikes Bahamas, Florida and Louisiana

2003 Alabama chief justice, Roy Moore, is suspended

23 August

National Cuban Sandwich Day (US)

National Spongecake Day (US)

1905 New Orleans Yellow Fever Kills Hundreds

1999 West Nile virus Continues It’s Spread Around The Country

24 August

National Peach Pie Day (US)

79AD Mount Vesuvius Erupted

1869 Waffle Iron Patented

1875 First Swimmer crossed the English Channel

1948 Berlin Airlift Increases Aircraft Numbers

1954 Communist Party Outlawed United States

1985 Union Carbide Bhopal Disaster

1996 Hurricane Dolly Strikes Mexico

25 August

National Banana Split Day (US)

National Whiskey Sour Day (US)

1944 Paris Liberated

1950 President Harry S. Truman Places Railroads Under Army Control

1975 Bruce Springsteen album “Born to Run” Released

2005 Hurricane Katrina Makes Landfall In Florida 4 days before striking New Orleans

26 August

National Dog Day (US)

Women’s Vote Day / Women’s Equality Day (origin?)

National Cherry Popsicle Day (US)

1920 The 19th Amendment, guaranteeing women the right to vote, is formally adopted

1932 Temporary Halt Called On Home Foreclosures

1957 Ford Begins Production of Edsel Automobiles. It failed but we learned from it

27 August

National Pots de Creme Day (US)

National Burger Day (US)

1900 The British defeat the Boer army (commanded by Louis Botha) at Bergendal

1910 Mother Theresa’s Birthday

If you judge people, you have no time to love them.
Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.
Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.
Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.
There are no great things, only small things with great love. Happy are those.
If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.
If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.
I have found the paradox that if I love until it hurts, then there is no hurt, but only more love.
Peace begins with a smile..
Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.

1942 Japanes troops land at Guadalcanal for what would become known as the Battle of Guadalcanal

1955 Guinness Book of World Records Published For The First Time

1979 Lord Louis Mountbatten Murdered.

1989 Sky TV Launched UK

28 August

National Cherry Turnovers Day (US)

1937 Japanese Bomb Shanghai

1963 Martin Luther King, Jr. Gives “I Have A Dream Speech”

1968 10s Of Thousands Anti-Vietnam War Protestors Chicago

1996 Charles, Prince of Wales and his wife, Princess Diana, formally divorce

29 August

National Chop Suey (US)

1949 Russian Troops Mass On The Border Yugoslavia

1949 The Soviet Union test their first atomic bomb

1966 The Beatles play their final US Concert at Candlestick Park in San Francisco

2005 Hurricane Katrina Strikes New Orleans

30 August

National Melted Marshmallow Day (US)

30BC Cleopatra committed suicide day

1935 Wealth Tax Act Passed in the United States

1959 First Mini goes on sale in Britain for £497. Now it sells for £15000

1963 Direct Line Set Up Between Moscow and Washington to prevent the possibility of an accidental war

1989 Leona Helmsley convicted and sentenced

31 August

National Trail Mix Day (US)

1888 Jack the Ripper Kills His First Victim

1954 Hurricane Carol Strikes Long Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island

1997 Princess Diana and Dodi Fayed are killed in a car crash in Paris

2005 Curfew Placed On New Orleans


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