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August Calendar


August is National Inventors Month 
1st Week of August – National Clown Week 
2nd Week of August – National Smile Week 
3rd Week of August – Air Conditioning Appreciation Week

August 1
1770 William Clark was born   Discovering Lewis and Clark  Lewis and Clark
1819 Herman Melville was born
1779 Francis Scott Key was born in Frederick County, Maryland. He wrote the poem originally entitled Defense of Fort McHenry which became the U.S. National Anthem in 1931.
1876 Colorado becomes 38th state
1914 Germany Declares War on Russia
1619 1st black Americans (20) land at Jamestown, Virginia
1774 Priestly discovers oxygen
1789 US Customs begins enforcing Tariff Act
1831 London Bridge opens
1867 Blacks vote for 1st time in a state election in South (Tenn)
1873 San Francisco's 1st cable car begins service
1946 President Truman establishes Atomic Energy Commission (AEC)
1958 1st class postage up to $0.04 (had been $0.03 for 26 years)
1972 1st article exposing Watergate scandal (Bernstein-Woodward)

August 2
1909 The First Lincoln Penny was issued Controversy over the Lincoln Penny
1943 Navy Lieutenant John F Kennedy rescued members of his crew after their boat, PT-109, was sheared in half by a Japanese destroyer.
1923 the 29th president of the United States, Warren G. Harding, died in San Francisco.
1861 Congress enacts first income tax
1776 Formal signing of the Declaration of Independence
1858 1st street mailboxes-Boston, Mass
1990 Iraq invades & occupies Kuwait

August 3
National Watermelon Day 
1610 British navigator Henry Hudson entered the body of water now known as Hudson Bay..
1914 Germany declared war on France.  France in 1914  Germany 1914
1923 Calvin Coolidge was sworn in as the 30th president of the United States, following the death of Warren G. Harding.
1492 Columbus sets sail from Palos, Spain for "Indies"
1678 Robert LaSalle builds 1st ship in America, Griffon
1882 Congress passes 1st law restricting immigration
1977 Radio Shack issues a press release introducing the TRS-80 computer 25 existed, within weeks thousands were ordered

August 4

1944 The Nazis capture Anne Frank and seven others who were hiding with her in a house in Amsterdam.
1922 The nation’s 13 million telephones were silent for a moment in tribute to Alexander Graham Bell on the occasion of his funeral.
US Coast Guard founded as Revenue Cutter Service
988 Congress votes $20,000 to each Japanese-American Internment in WW II

August 5
National Mustard Day
Today is Half Way Point of Summer (45 or 46 days after the solstice)
1930 Neil Armstrong, U.S. astronaut and the first person to set foot on the moon was born
1884 The cornerstone was laid for the Statue of Liberty
1846 Oregon country divided between US & Britain at 49th parallel
1914 1st traffic light installed (Euclid Ave. & E. 105th St, Cleveland)

August 6
National Friendship Day, First Sunday in August
1945 The United States dropped an atomic bomb named
"Little Boy" on Hiroshima, Japan.
1926 Gertrude Ederle became the first woman to swim the English Channel.
1965 President Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act.

August 7
National Scuba Diving Day
1782 George Washington established the Badge of Military Merit (Purple Heat) to honor wounded soldiers
1959 The United States Launches Explorer VI, taking the first pictures of the earth from space.

August 8
1855 The Silver Dollar AND THE Decimal System of Money was adopted by an act of congress.
1974 President Richard M Nixon Announced his resignation, effective the next day.

August 9
1974 Richard M. Nixon resigned the presidency as a result of the Watergate scandal.

August 10
1821 Missouri became the 24th state.
1845 The U.S. Naval Academy was established at Annapolis, Md.
1874 Herbert Hoover was born. He later became the 31st president of the United States.

August 11
1969 The last combat troops left Vietnam.
1988 Carol Lewis won his fourth Gold Medal at the Olympic Games in Los Angeles.

August 12
Thomas Edison
invented the phonograpy

August 13
13th International Left-Handers Day   Famous Left-Handers
1860 Annie Oakley's was born

August 14
1935 President Franklin Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act, creating the nation’s first system of retirement income.
1945 Japan Surrenders, ending World War II .

August 15
National Relaxation Day
1769 Napoleon Bonaparte, emperor of the French was born on this day

August 16
Joke Day

August 17
1786 Davy Crockett’s  was born    Davy Crockett  

August 18
1920 The 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, granting women the right to vote.
1774 American explorer Meriwether Lewis was born near Charlottesville, Virginia.

August 19
1871 Orville Wright’s Birthday was born  
1848 The New York Herald publishes a letter announcing the discovery of gold in California; the California gold rush begins.

August 20
1781 George Washington begins to move his troops south to fight Cornwallis
1794 Gen Mad Anthony Wayne routes Indians at Fallen Timbers, Ohio
1896 Dial telephone patented

August 21
1680 Pueblo Indians took possession of Santa Fe from Spanish

August 22
1846 US annexes New Mexico
1864 Geneva Convention signed, by 12 nations
1906 1st Victor Victrola manufactured

August 23
1904 Automobile tire chain patented
1914 Japan declares war on Germany in
World War I

August 24
1814 British sack Washington, DC, White House burned
1853 1st potato chips prepared by Chef George Crum (Saratoga Springs, NY)
1869 Waffle iron invented
1891 Thomas Edison patents motion picture camera
1932 1st transcontinental non-stop flight by a woman, Amelia Earhart
1991 Gorbachev resigns as head of USSR Communist Party

August 25
1718 Hundreds of French colonists arrive in Louisiana; New Orleans, founded
1814 British capture Washington DC
1921 US signs peace treaty with Germany

1932 Amelia Earhart completes transcontinental flight

August 26
1791 John Fitch grants US patent for his working steamboat
1920 19th amendment passes-women's suffrage granted

August 27
1908 Lyndon Baines Johnson the 36th U.S. President was born near Stonewall, Texas.
1910 "Mother Teresa" was born (as Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu) in Skopje, Yugoslavia.

August 28
1867 US occupies Midway Islands in the Pacific
1884 1st known photograph of a tornado is made near Howard SD
United Parcel Service begins service, in Seattle
1916 Italy declares war against Germany during WW I
1963 Martin Luther King Jr's "I have a dream speech" at Lincoln Memorial   Martin Luther King in Cyberspace

August 29
1758 1st Indian reservation established
1854 Self-governing windmill patented (Daniel Halladay)
1958 Air Force Academy opens

August 30
1850 Honolulu, Hawaii becomes a city
1941 Siege of Leningrad by Nazi troops began during WW II
1963 Hot Line Communications link between Washington DC and Moscow begins

August 31
1842 US Naval Observatory authorized by an act of Congress
1887 Thomas A Edison patents Kinetoscope, (produces moving pictures)
1907 England, Russia & France form the Triple Entente
1935 FDR signs an act prohibiting export of US arms to belligerents
1954 Census Bureau established
1955 1st microwave TV station operated (Lufkin, TX)

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