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Notable Historic Events

for the Month of August




August 21st

 Stephen Douglas

Stephen Douglas

1858...The famous Lincoln and Douglas debates begin.  Lincoln loses the Senate race but gains national attention for himself and the newly formed Republican Party.

1911...In perhaps the most brazen art theft of all time Italian Vencenzo Perugia walks in the Louvre, takes the Mona Lisa and walks out with it under his clothing.

1959...Hawaii becomes the 50th state to enter the USA.


August  22nd

Hurricane Andrew

Damage from Hurricane Andrew

1851...The US wins the first "America's Cup."  The US built schooner America beats a fleet of Britain's finest ships in a race around England's Isle of Wright.

1864...Twelve nations meeting in Geneva found the International Red Cross.  It calls for nonpartisan care to sick and wounded in times of war.

1989...Nolan Ryan becomes the first major leaguer to get 5,000 strike outs.  He eventually gets 5,714, over 1,500 more than his closest competitor.

1992...Hurricane Andrew hits the United States with some of the highest wind speeds ever recorded.


August 23rd

Dolly Madison

Dolly Madison

1814...First Lady Dolly Madison saves the most famous portrait of George Washington from being burned and looted by the British Troops in the War of 1812.

1902...Pioneer author Fanny Farmer opens Miss Farmer's School of Cookery in Boston.  She changes the way Americans prepare food by the use of standardized measurements in recipes.

1989...Cincinnati baseball manager Pete Rose, who holds the record for the most hits in baseball history, is given a lifetime ban from all organized baseball because of gambling on the sport.


August 24th

Mt. Vesuvius

Mt. Vesuvius

79...Mt. Vesuvius explosively erupts devastating the prosperous Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum and killing thousands.

1875...The first person to swim the English Channel is Captain Webb of Shropshire, England. 

2012...Anders Breivik, who killed 77 people in a 2011 bombing and shooting in Norway, is sentenced to 21 years in prison.  This is the maximum allowed under Norwegian law.


August 25th

John Birch

John Birch

1944...Paris is liberated by Allied Forces.  The city has not been destroyed, as German Commander defied orders from Adolf Hitler to blow up landmarks and burn the city to the ground.

1945...John Birch, a former Baptist missionary and now a captain in the US Army in China, is shot dead by Communist Troops.  He becomes the first casualty of the Cold War.

1950...President Harry S. Truman issues an executive order putting railroads under the control of the Army in anticipation of a crippling strike of railroad workers.

August 26th

Mark I Mini

Mark I Mini

1939...The first televised baseball game is held between the Cincinnati Reds and the Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field, New York.

1959...The British Motor Corporation launches a new small affordable cars named The Mark 1 Mini.  It becomes one of the best selling cars in history.

1968...The Democratic National Convention in Chicago is interrupted by anti-war protestors.  It is the  most violent protest to occur yet in American history.


August 27th

Lord Mountbatten

Lord Mountbatten

1883...A huge volcanic explosion takes place on Krakatau Island, Indonesia.  The explosion results in the loss of around 36,000 people; most whom perish from the tsunami that forms when a large part of the Island falls into the sea.  The largest wave from the tsunami is measured at 120 feet tall, and the pyroclastic flow travels 40 miles over the ocean scorching everything in it's path.

1979...While vacationing off the coast of Ireland on a fishing boat, Lord Mountbatten is killed by a bomb planted by Irish Terrorists (IRA).  His 14-year-old grandson is also killed.


August 28th


Prince Charles and Lady Diana

1963...The Civil Rights Movement reaches a high-water mark when Martin Luther King Jr. speaks to 250,000 people attending the March on Washington.   His remarks became known as the "I Have a Dream" speech.

1996...Prince Charles and Lady Diana are finally divorced after 4 years of separation, bringing to an end what many people thought was a "Storybook wedding."



August 29th

Damage from Hurricane Katrina

Hurricane Katrina flooding

1535...Pizarro and his conquistadors execute the last emperor of the 300 year old Inca civilization.

1949...The Russians test the atomic bomb at the Semipalatinsk Test Site in the Kazakhstan region.

2005...Hurricane Katrina, the worst financial disaster ever in the US, hits the Gulf Coast with 145 mph winds.  Failing dykes in New Orleans cause millions of dollars in damage, and people are stranded on roof tops until rescue.  Living conditions in temporary shelters are unsanitary and people are in need of food, water and medicine.


August 30th

Thurgood Marshall

Thurgood Marshall

1919...Vladimir Lenin is shoot twice in an assassination attempt by the Social Revolutionary Party in Russia.  The Bolsheviks respond and the country heads closer to civil war.

1967...Thurgood Marshall is the first African American judge confirmed as a Supreme Court Judge.

1983...Colonel Buion S. Bluford becomes the first African American to enter space; aboard the third mission of The Challenger


August 31st

Sandy Koufax

Sandy Koufax

1888...Jack the Ripper murders his first victim in London.

1955...The first solar powered car is demonstrated by William Cobb of General Motors.

1959...Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher Sandy Koufax strikes out 18 batters in one game, setting a new National League record.


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