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 August 1st

Michael Johnson

Michael Johnson

1981...MTV airs for the first time on television.

1961...The first Six Flags Amusement Park opens in Arlington, Texas.

1996...Michael Johnson wins the gold medal in the 200 meter race at the Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia.   He now has two medals.  He also won the 400 meter race.  He becomes the only man to win both events.

 August 2nd

Adolf Hitler

Adolf Hitler

1776...The Declaration of Independence is signed by the delegates at the Second Continental Congress.

1934...Adolf Hitler becomes dictator of Germany.

1943...PT109, commanded by future president Jack Kennedy, is attacked by the Japanese.  Kennedy heroically rescues several of his crew men who fall into the burning water from the patrol boat.

1990...Iraq invades Kuwait.  They capture the city and take over their oil reserves.

August 3rd

Christopher Columbus

Christopher Columbus

1492...Columbus sets sail on his voyage to find a shortcut to the Spice Islands.  Instead he discovers the New World.

1914...Germany and then France declare war on each other.

1923...Calvin Coolidge becomes the 30th President of the United States a few hours after the death of Warren G. Harding.

1949...The National Basketball Association (NBA) is formed from the merger of the Basketball Association of America (BAA) and the National Basketball League (NBL).

1958...The Nautilus, an American nuclear submarine, travels under the North Pole.

August 4th

Jesse Owens

Jesse Owens

1892...The parents of Lizzie Borden are found dead in their home.  They have been killed with an axe. Their daughter Lizzie is suspected of the  crime.

1914...The United States declares neutrality at the beginning of WWI.

1936...Jesse Owens wins one of his four gold medals in the long jump at the Berlin  Olympics. Hitler watches in disgust.

1944...Anne Frank, the young Jewish girl who keeps a diary while hiding from the Nazis, is captured by the Gestapo and sent to a death camp.

August 5th

Dick Clark on American Bandstand

Dick Clark

1858...The transatlantic telegraph cable laid across the floor of the Atlantic Ocean is completed.

1914...The world's first electric traffic signal is installed in Cleveland, Ohio.

1957...A local television program in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, hosted by Dick Clark and featuring dancing teenagers, goes national and is renamed American Bandstand.

1962...Marilyn Monroe is found dead at her home in Los Angeles, California.

1981...President Reagan fires over 11,000  air-traffic controllers who are are not honoring the no strike law for essential government employees.

 August 6th

Atom Bomb explodes over Hiroshima


1890...The first execution by electrocution takes place at Auburn Prison, New York.

1926...Gertrude Ederle becomes the first women to swim the English Channel.

1945...The United States drops an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan,  to bring the war to a close.  The B-29 American bomber that drops the bomb is named the Enola Gay.

1965...President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Voting Rights Act.  It guarantees African Americans the right to vote.

August 7

Thor Heyerdahl and the Kon-Tiki

Thor Heyerdahl

1782...General George Washington, as Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army, creates the purple heart, or Badge for Military Effort.   The badge is to be given to those who perform exemplary acts of bravery in military service.  Later it will be given to soldiers who are wounded in combat.

1917...The Bull Moose Party nominates Teddy Roosevelt to be their candidate for the Presidency of the United States.

1947...Thor Heyerdahl completes a 4,300 mile journey from Peru to Raroia.  Raroia is near Tahiti.  He makes the trip in a light raft to prove his theory that an early people living in South America could have traveled to and populated the Polynesian Islands using ocean currents. His boat is called the Kon-Tiki.

1959...Pictures of the earth are taken from space by the unmanned spacecraft Explorer 6.

 August 8th

Richard Nixon going home

Richard Nixon

1864...After the Battle of Gettysburg, Confederate General Robert E. Lee sends his resignation to the Confederate President Jefferson Davis. It is refused.

1945...With the signature of President Truman, the United States becomes the first member to join the newly formed United Nations.

1974...Richard M. Nixon becomes the only president in American history to resign.

 August 9th

Gerald Ford

Gerald Ford

1936...Jesse Owens wins his 4th gold medal at the Olympics in Berlin.

1945...As part of the attempt to make Japan surrender, a second atom bomb is dropped on Japan, over the city of Nagasaki.  Japan is brought to its knees and it surrenders unconditionally.

1974...Gerald Ford becomes the 38th President of the United States when Richard Nixon resigns as President.  Gerald Ford was appointed to become vice president when Spiro Agnew resigned from his job eight months previously and now he advances to the presidency.

August 10th

The Louvre

The Louvre

1793...The Louvre Museum is created from what was previously a Royal Palace in France.   The Louvre will become the world's largest art museum.

1821...Mississippi becomes the 24th state in the United States of America.

1846...President James Polk signs The Smithsonian Institution Act.  The Smithsonian is founded with money left to the United States for the purpose of  "the increase of knowledge."  The bequest is from an English scientist that had never even visited America.

1949...President Truman signs the National Security Bill.  The Bill creates the Department of Defense.

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