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Major Historical August Events

August 1, 1774 – English chemist John Priestley discovers Oxygen, isolating it in a gaseous state.

August 1, 1790 – The first U.S. Census is completed. There are four million people in the U.S.

August 1, 1632 – Stan Lee and Steve Ditko introduced Spiderman as a new Marvel Comics superhero.

August 1, 1941 – The first Jeep comes off the assembly line.

August 1, 1990 – The World Wide Web is conceived.

August 2, 1791 – Samuel Briggs and his son patents a nail-making machine.

August 2, 1865 – Lewis Carroll publishes Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

August 2, 1876 – Wild Bill Hickock is killed during a poker game. He was holding a “Dead Man’s Hand”, two pair aces, and 8’s.

August 2, 1909 – The first Lincoln head pennies are minted.

August 2, 2018 – Apple becomes the first publicly listed American company to reach a value of $ 1 trillion.

August 3, 1492 – Christopher Columbus sets sail on his first voyage to the “Indies” with three ships –  the Nina, Pinta, and Santa Maria.

August 3, 1900 – Firestone Tire and Rubber Company is founded by Harvey Firestone.

August 3, 1934 – Adolph Hitler declares himself the Fuhrer.

August 3, 1958 – The Nautilus, a nuclear-powered submarine is the first submarine to cross the North Pole underwater.

August 4, 1693 – Champagne is invented by Dom Perignon. I’ll drink to that!

August 4, 1862 – The U.S. tax man collects income tax for the first time.

August 4, 2015 – Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog of the Muppets announce the end of their relationship on Twitter.

August 5, 1884 – The cornerstone for the Statue of Liberty is laid on Bedloe’s Island.

August 5, 1891 – American Express issues the world’s first Traveller’s Checks.

August 5, 1924 – Little Orphan Annie comic strip debuts. 

August 5, 1957 – American Bandstand hosted by Dick Clark premieres.

August 6, 1890 – Murderer John Hart is the first person to be executed in an electric chair.

August 6, 1890 – Baseball pitching legend Cy Young pitches his first his first game, a win.

August 6, 1930 – New York State Supreme Court Justice Joseph Force Crater disappears in NYC amid a political scandal, never to be seen again. He was declared dead on June 6, 1939.

August 6, 1945 – The Atom bomb is dropped on Hiroshima, Japan by the U.S.

August 7, 1782 – The “Order of the Purple Heart” is created by President George Washington.

August 7, 1789 – Through an Act of Congress, the Federal Government takes over the creation and maintenance of the nation’s lighthouses.

August 7, 1882 – Hatfield – McCoy feud begins.

August 7, 1927 – The Peace Bridge between Canada and the United States is dedicated.

August 8, 1890 – The Daughters of the American Revolution organization is created.

August 8, 1945 – The USSR finally declares war against Japan.

August 8, 1945 – President Harry S. Truman signs the United Nations Charter.

August 8, 1960 – The song Iitsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini hits #1.

August 9, 1173 – Construction of the Tower of Pisa begins. It takes two centuries to be completed!

August 9, 1898 – Rudolph Diesel receives a patent for the internal combustion engine, later known as the diesel engine.

August 9, 1930 – Animated cartoon Dizzy Dishes premieres, with new star Betty Boop!

August 9, 1944 – Smokey Bear debuts as the spokesperson for wildfire prevention.

August 9, 1974 – President Richard M. Nixon becomes the first and only president to resign while in office.

August 10, 1833 – The village of Chicago is incorporated.

August 10, 1846 – The U.S. Congress passes an act creating the Smithsonian Institution.

August 10, 1889 – Dan Rylands patents the screw cap.

August 10, 1948 – “Smile, You’re on Candid Camera”. Allen Funt’s wildly popular show debuts.

August 10, 2017 – 100-year-old fruit cake by Huntley & Palmers was deemed “almost eatable” after being discovered in a hut in Antarctica.

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August 11, 1866 – The world’s first roller skating rink opens in Newport, RI.

August 11, 1966 – The Beatles begin their last US concert tour. 

August 11, 2008 – Airbnb is founded.

August 12, 1850 – The sewing machine was patented by Isaac Singer.

August 12, 1869 – Self-proclaimed (United States) Emperor Joshua Abraham Norton issues an edict abolishing the Democratic and Republican parties. (Yes, he did!)

August 12, 1877 – Thomas Edison invents the phonograph.

August 12, 1898 – US annexes Hawaii.

August 12, 1908 – Henry Ford builds the first Model T.

August 12, 1930 – Clarence Birdseye receives a patent for a method of freeze-drying food.

August 12, 1955 – Minimum wage is raised to $1.00 per hour.

August 13, 3114 B.C. – Estimated start date of the Mayan calendar.

August 13, 1521 – Spanish defeated the Aztecs Indians, and conquerors Mexico City.

August 13, 1889 – William Grey patents the coin-operated telephone.

August 13, 1907 – The first taxi cabs begin operation in New York. City.

August 13, 1997 – the first episode of South Park airs on television.

August 13, 2016 – American swimmer Michael Phelps ends his Olympic swimming career with his 23rd gold medal win at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

August 14, 1935 –  The Social Security bill is signed into law, providing unemployment benefits.

August 14, 1937 – The Appalachian Trail is formally completed. It is over 2,000 miles across 14 states.

August 14, 1945 – Japan surrendered, ending World War II.

August 14, 1953 – Get a whiff of this…the Whiffle Ball was patented on this day.

August 14, 1965 – Sonny & Cher’s song “I’ve Got You Babe” hits #1.

August 15, 1911 – Proctor and Gamble create Crisco shortening.

August 15, 1914 – The Panama Canal is opened.

August 15, 1969 –  Woodstock Music and Art Fair opened.

August 16, 1501 – The Overseers of the Office of Works of the Duomo, Florence’s cathedral church, awards Michelangelo a contract to create his statue of David.

August 16, 1896 – Gold is discovered in the Klondike.

August 16, 1898 – Edwin Prescott patents the first vertical loop roller coaster. See National Roller Coaster Day.

August 16, 1954 – Ramon “Monchito” Marerro, a bartender in San Juan Puerto Rico, invents the Pina Colada

August 16, 1954 – Sports Illustrated is first published.

August 16, 1962 – Ringo Starr replaces Pete Best as drummer for the Beatles.

August 16, 1977 – Elvis Presley dies of a heart attack.

August 17, 1877 – American Astronomer Asaph Hall discovers Mar’s moon Phobos.

August 1, 1945 – Korea is separated into North and South Korea along the 38th parallel.

August 17, 1961 – Construction is started on the Berlin Wall.

August 17, 1969 – Woodstock music festival ends.

August 18, 293 B.C. – The oldest known temple to Venus is founded, and the tradition of Vinalia Rustica (grape harvest festival) is begun.

August 18, 1872 – Montgomery Ward issues its first mail-order catalog.

August 18, 1938 – The 1,000 Islands bridge, connecting the US and Canada is dedicated by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

August 18, 1960 – The first commercially produced oral contraceptives were marketed by Searle Company.

August 19, 1839 – Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre invents the photographic Daguerreotype. See World Photography Day.

August 19, 1909 – Indianapolis Speedway holds its first auto race.

August 19, 1958 – Production of Packard automobile ends.

August 20, 1866 – The Civil War is formally declared to be over by President Andrew Johnson.

August 20, 1896 – The Dial telephone is patented.

August 20, 1897 – British doctor Sir Ronald Ross. discovers the link between mosquitos and the transmission of malaria was discovered. See World Mosquito Day

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August 21, 1841 – Venetian blinds are patented.

August 21, 1878 – American Bar Association was founded.

August 21, 1911 – The Mona Lisa is stolen from the Louvre in Paris, France by Vincenzo Peruggia. It was recovered in 1913.

August 21, 1959 – Hawaii becomes the 50th state.

August 21, 2015 – A “Message in a bottle” put into the sea by the UK Marine Biological Association washes ashore on a beach in Amrom, Germany 108 years later.

August 22, 1902 – Cadillac automobile begins production.

August 22, 1989 – Nolan Ryan strikes out his 5,000th batter.

August 23, 79 – Mount Vesuvius begins to stir on the feast day of Vulcan, the Roman god of fire. It erupts the next day.

August 23, 1919 – “Gasoline Alley” comic strip premieres.

August 23, 1966 – The first picture of Earth from the moon is taken by Lunar Orbiter 1.

August 24, 79 – The infamous Mount Vesuvius eruption buries the city of Pompeii.

August 24, 1857 – The “Panic of 57” begins, setting off one of the worst economic crises in United States history.

August 24, 1869 – The Waffle Iron is patented by Cornelius Swarthout of Troy, New York.

August 24, 1891 – Thomas Edison patents the motion picture camera.

August 24, 1954 – The Communist political party is banned in the United States.

August 24, 1989 – Pete Rose is suspended from major league baseball for life for gambling on games.

August 24, 2006 – To the dismay of millions of star gazers, Pluto was demoted from a “Planet” to a “Dwarf Planet”.

August 25, 1530 – Ivan the Terrible, the first Tsar of Russia was born. 

August 25, 1904 – The Banana Split was invented by David Strickler at a soda fountain in Latrobe, Pa.

August 25, 1916 – The National Park Service was founded.

August 25, 1932 – Amelia Earhart completes her trans-continental flight.

August 25, 1939 – The movie classic Wizard of Oz was released to movie theaters.

August 25, 2006 – Naturalists Chris Atkins and Michael Taylor discover the world’s tallest tree, a Redwood named Hyperion. It towers 379.1 feet tall in the Redwood National Park in California.

August 26, 55 B.C.- Julius Caesar’s Roman army invades Britain.

August 26, 1682 – English astronomer Edmond Halley first observes a comet, later named after him.

August 26, 1871 – Toilet paper is first sold in the U.S. I wonder what they did before it was invented.

August 26, 1920 – U.S. Congress passes the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, granting women the right to vote.

August 26, 1961 – International Hockey Hall of Fame opens in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

August 27, 1859 – The first successful oil well was drilled near Titusville, PA.

August 27, 1883 – Krakatoa volcano in Indonesia erupts with a force of over 1,300 megatons. One of the biggest natural disasters ever recorded. It was heard over 3,000 miles away, creating an over 120-foot tsunami.

August 27, 1955 – The Guinness World Book of Records is first published.

August 27, 2003 – Mars makes is closest approach to Earth in over 60,000 years at just 34,646,418 miles apart.

August 28, 1837 – Pharmacists John Lea and William Perrins manufacture Worcestershire Sauce.

August 28, 1957 – Senator Thurmond begins a 24-hour filibuster against the Civil Rights Bill.

August 28, 1963 – Martin Luther King Jr. makes his “I Have a Dream” speech.

August 29, 1885 – Gottlieb Daimler receives a German patent for a motorcycle.

August 29, 1893 – First baby born in the White House to a sitting president. President and Mrs. Grover Cleveland. The little girl is named Esther.

August 29, 1964 – Walt Disney’s Mary Poppins is released.

August 29, 1966 – The Beatles hold their last public concert in Candlestick Park, San Francisco.

August 30, 1890 – President Benjamin Harrison signs the first bill to require inspection of meat.

August 30, 1956 – Lake Ponchartrain Causeway opens in Louisiana. It is the longest continuous bridge in the world.

August 30, 1979 – The first recorded occurrence of a comet hitting the surface of the sun. It releases energy the equivalent of one million hydrogen bombs.

August 30, 1993 – The Late Show with David Letterman premieres on CBS. 

August 31, 1888 – Jack the Ripper kills his first victim.

August 31, 1946 – Warner Bros. cartoon character Foghorn Leghorn debuts in the cartoon “Walky Talky Hawky”.

August 31, 1964 – Heavy weight champion Rocky Marciano dies in a plane crash near Newton, Iowa. 

August 31, 1994 – A Pentium computer beats world chess champion Garry Kasparov.

August 31, 1997 – Princess Diana, Princess of Wales, dies in a car accident.

August 31, 2015 – President Barack Obama officially renames Mt. McKinley in Alaska back to Denali, its Native American name.

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