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
1770 William Clark was born Discovering Lewis and Clark Lewis
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
Declares War on Russia
1619 1st black Americans (20)
land at Jamestown, Virginia
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
1946 President Truman
establishes Atomic Energy
1958 1st class postage up to $0.04 (had been $0.03 for 26 years)
1972 1st article exposing Watergate
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
invades & occupies Kuwait
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.
sets sail from Palos, Spain for "Indies"
1678 Robert LaSalle builds 1st ship in
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
1944 The Nazis capture Anne
Frank and seven others who were hiding with her in a house in Amsterdam.
1922 The nations 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
1988 Congress votes $20,000 to each Japanese-American
Internment in WW II
National Mustard Day
Today is Half Way Point of Summer (45 or 46 days after the solstice)
Armstrong, U.S. astronaut and the first person to set foot on the moon was born
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)
National Friendship Day, First Sunday in August
1945 The United States dropped an atomic bomb named
Boy" on Hiroshima, Japan.
first woman to swim the English Channel.
1965 President Johnson
Voting Rights Act.
1782 George Washington established the Badge of Military Merit
Heat) to honor wounded soldiers
1959 The United States Launches Explorer VI, taking the first pictures of the earth from
Silver Dollar AND THE Decimal
System of Money was adopted by an act of congress.
Nixon Announced his resignation, effective the next day.
1974 Richard M. Nixon resigned the presidency as a result of the Watergate scandal.
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.
1969 The last combat troops left
1988 Carol Lewis won his
fourth Gold Medal at the
in Los Angeles.
13th International Left-Handers Day Famous Left-Handers
1860 Annie Oakley's
1935 President Franklin Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act, creating the
nations first system of retirement income.
1945 Japan Surrenders,
ending World War II .
National Relaxation Day
Bonaparte, emperor of the French was born on this day
Crocketts was born Davy Crockett
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.
1871 Orville Wrights
Birthday was born
1848 The New York Herald publishes a letter announcing the discovery of gold in
gold rush begins.
begins to move his troops south to fight Cornwallis
Wayne routes Indians at
possession of Santa Fe‚
1846 US annexes New Mexico
1864 Geneva Convention
signed, by 12 nations
Victor Victrola manufactured
1904 Automobile tire chain patented
1914 Japan declares war on Germany in World
1814 British sack Washington, DC,
1853 1st potato chips prepared by Chef George Crum (Saratoga Springs, NY)
patents motion picture
1932 1st transcontinental non-stop flight by a woman,
head of USSR Communist Party
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
patent for his working steamboat
1920 19th amendment
passes-women's suffrage granted
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.
1867 US occupies Midway Islands
in the Pacific
1884 1st known photograph of a tornado is made near Howard SD
1907 United Parcel Service begins
service, in Seattle
declares war against Germany during WW I
1963 Martin Luther King Jr's "I have a dream speech" at Lincoln Memorial
King in Cyberspace
1758 1st Indian reservation established
patented (Daniel Halladay)
Air Force Academy
1850 Honolulu, Hawaii
becomes a city
Siege of Leningrad
by Nazi troops began during WW II
1963 Hot Line
Communications link between Washington DC and Moscow begins
1842 US Naval Observatory
authorized by an act of
1887 Thomas A Edison patents
(produces moving pictures)
1907 England, Russia & France form the
1935 FDR signs an act prohibiting export of US arms to belligerents
1954 Census Bureau established
microwave TV station operated (Lufkin, TX)
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