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Notable Historic Events

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August 11th

 

 Alcatraz Prison

Alcatraz Prison

1919...A new constitution is signed in Germany and the Weimar Republic is created. It is Germany's first parliamentary democracy.

1934...The first civilian prisoners arrive at Alcatraz Prison.  Alcatraz is a federal penitentiary.  It is located on a small Island in the San Francisco Bay. Among the first prisoners are Al Capone and Machine Gun Kelly.

1984...While testing a microphone for a radio address President Ronald Reagan makes a joke about bombing Russia. 

 

August 12th

The Berlin Wall

The Berlin Wall

1961...Communist East Germany starts building the Berlin Wall to stem the tide of refuges fleeing to free West Berlin. 

1964...Ian Fleming, the British Author and Journalist, dies of a heart attack at age 56 in Kent, England.  Ian Fleming is the creator of the fictional spy James Bond. 

1990...The largest skeleton yet of a Tyrannosaurus Rex is discovered near Faith, South Dakota.  The skeleton has a 2,000 pound skull and is 42 feet in length.

 

August 13th

Mickle Mantel

Mickey Mantle

1521..Cortés captures Tenochtitlan, the capital of the Aztec Empire.  He is helped with both Spanish forces and rival Indian Tribes.

1902...Felix Wankel, the inventor of the rotary engine, is born.  The German engineer had the idea for a combustion engine when he only seventeen years old.

1995...Yankee baseball star Mickey Mantle, known as The Mick, dies of liver cancer at age 63.  During his time on the team the Yankees won 12 Pennants and 7 World Series.

 

August 14

Vitus Bering

Vitus Bering

1784...Russians settle Kodiak Island, Alaska, after a Russian expedition, led by Danish navigator Vitus Bering, sights the Alaska mainland.

1935...The Social Security Act is signed into law.  It guarantees an income for the unemployed and retirees.

2003...A large blackout knocks out power in the Eastern United States and parts of Canada.  Damages due to loss of electricity is 500 million dollars in New York City alone.

 

August 15th

The Panama Canal

1899...Henry Ford resigns his position as chief engineer at the Edison Company main plant in Detroit, Michigan.  He moves on to start the Ford Motor Company.

1914...The Panama Canal opens.  The canal connects the Atlantic and Pacific Ocean.  The first ship through the Panama Canal is the SS Ancon, an American passenger and cargo ship.

 

August 16th

Ray Chapman

Ray Chapman

1896...The last last great Gold Rush in the American West begins.  It starts after George Carmack spots gold near the Klondike River in the Canadian Yukon.

1920...Shortstop Ray Chapman, of the Cleveland Indians, is hit in the temple by a pitch from Carl Mays of the New York Yankees. This is the first and only death by a pitched ball in major league history.

1977...Elvis Presley, the King of Rock 'n Roll, dies in Memphis, Tennessee at 42 years of age.  The cause of death is a heart attack caused by barbituates.

 

August 17th

The Double Eagle II Balloon

The Double Eagle II Balloon

1915...The hand cranked combustion engine is replace by electric starters, invented by Charles Kettering of Dayton, Ohio.

1943...The US Seventh Army, led by General George S. Patton, arrives in Messina, Sicily several hours before British Field Marshall Bernard Montgomery.

1978...The first transatlantic balloon flight is made from Maine to Paris by the Double Eagle II.

 

August 18th

      Susan Anthony

Susan Anthony

1227...Genghis Khan, a Mongol leader who created an empire from China to Eastern Europe, dies while at his camp.

1910...The 19th Amendment, guaranteeing women the right to vote, is ratified by Tennessee.  The 2/3 majority of states ratification is meet, and women now have the right to vote. Susan Anthony is credited for her role in bringing the vote to American women.

1931...In perhaps the worst natural disaster of the 20th century, the Yangtze River in China floods.  It causes the death of 3.7 million people.

 

August 19th

 

USS Constitution

USS Constitution

1812...The US Frigate The USS Constitution (Old Ironsides), defeats the British ship Guerrière.  Witnesses claim British shot harmlessly bounced off The Constitution as if it were made of iron.

1909..., The Indianapolis 500 is held for the first time at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.  It will go on to become the most famous racing competition in the United States.

1951...In major baseball's biggest publicity stunt, Ed Gaedel, a little person just 3 feet and 7 inches tall,  makes an appearance at the plate in a major league game for the St. Louis Browns.  He is walked with 4 straight pitches.

 

August 20th

Charles Floyd

Charles Floyd

1804...The Corps of Discovery is a special unit in the United States Army that travels with Lewis and Clark on their two year trip to explore the Northwest part of the United States. Three months into the expedition Sergeant Charles Floyd dies.  He is the only member of the Corps of Discovery to perish.

1911...The first telegram is sent around the world using 16 different operators.  The telegram takes 166.5 minutes to arrive back in New York.

1920...The National Football League (NFL) is organized in Canton, Ohio by 7 men.  Included among the men is the legendary athlete Jim Thorpe.

 

 

 

 
 

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