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August



 

 "Did You Know..."

 

Notable Historic Events

for the Month of August

 

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August 11th

 

 Alcatraz Prison

Alcatraz Prison

1919...A new Constitution, known as the Weimar Republic, is signed into law officially creating the first parliamentary democracy in Germany.

1934...The first civilian prisoners arrive at Alcatraz Federal Prison.  Among the first were Al Capone and "Machine Gun" Kelly.

1984...While testing a microphone for a radio address President Ronald Reagan makes a joking remark 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 yet skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus Rex is discovered near Faith, South Dakota.  It skeleton has a 2,000 pound skull and is 42 feet in length.

 

August 13th

Mickle Mantel

Mickey Mantle

1521...Spanish forces, with rival Indian Tribes under Cortés, capture Tenochtitlan, the capital of the Aztec Empire .

1902...Felix Wankel, the inventor of the rotary engine is born.  The German engineer had the idea for a combustion engine when he only 17 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, sighted 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 US 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 to start Ford Motor Company.

1914...With the passage of the US ship Ancon, the Panama Canal opens connecting the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.

1969...The Woodstock Music and Art Fair opens at Max Yasgur's Dairy Farm in upstate New York.

 

August 16th

Ray Chapman

Ray Chapman

1896...George Carmack spots gold near the Klondike River in Canada's  Yukon, sparking the last great Gold Rush in the American West.

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...The King of Rock 'n Roll, Elvis Presley, 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 Easter Europe, dies while in camp.

1910...The 19th Amendment, guaranteeing women the right to vote, is ratified by Tennessee, giving the 2/3 state majority to make it law. Susan Anthony was instrumental in bring the vote to American women.

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

 

August 19th

 

USS Constitution

USS Constitution

1812...The US Frigate The USS Constitution"Old Iron Sides," defeats the British ship Guerrière. Witnesses claim British shot bounced off The Constitution as if it were made of iron.

1909...The most famous racing competition, The Indianapolis 500, is held for the first time at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. 

1951...In major baseball's biggest publicity stunt, Ed Gaedel, a little person just 3 feet 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...Three months into the Lewis and Clark expedition Sergeant Charles Floyd dies.  He was 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, including legendary athlete Jim Thorpe.

 

 

 

 
 

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