11 AUGUST
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • Robert G. Ingersoll, 1833
  • Enid Blyton, 1897
  • Lloyd Nolan, 1909
  • Alex Haley, 1921
  • Carl Rowan, 1925
  • Mike Douglas, 1925
  • Arlene Dahl, 1928
  • Rev. Jerry Falwell, 1933
  • Jimmy Webb, 1946
  • Eric Carmen, 1949
  • Steve Wozniak, 1950
  • Hulk Hogan, 1953
  • Joe Jackson, 1954
  • Carolyn Murphy, 1975

Died On This Day:

  • King John I Portugal, 1433
  • John Henry Cardinal Newman, 1890
  • Andrew Carnegie, 1919
  • Edith Wharton, 1937
  • Jackson Pollock killed, 1956
  • Alfred Knopf, 1984
  • Clara Peller, 1987
  • Peter Cushing, 1994
  • Phil Harris, 1995
  • Mike Douglas, 2006
  • Robin Williams suicide, 2014

Today's Events:

  • 1711 - First Ascot race meeting in honor of Queen Anne.
  • 1874 - Sprinkler head patented by H.S. Parmelee of New Haven, Conn.
  • 1877 - Thomas A. Edison describes fundamentals of phonograph to assistant and orders prototype.
  • 1877 - Two moons of Mars discovered by Asaph Hall who names them Phobos and Deimos.
  • 1904 - Herero tribesmen in Namibia defeated by Germans at Waterberg leading to genocide on October 2.
  • 1920 - Treaty of Riga signed by Russia recognizing Latvia as independent state. Russia had invaded in 1919.
  • 1930 - American Lutheran Church organized in Toledo, Ohio.
  • 1934 - Alcatraz Island opens as penitentiary; first prisoners incarcerated.
  • 1942 - New Waterloo bridge opens to traffic in London.
  • 1951 - First color TV broadcast of a baseball game-Brooklyn Dodgers vs. Boston Braves in NY.
  • 1954 - French defeated in Vietnam after seven years of fighting.
  • 1964 - New York premiere of first Beatles' movie 'A Hard Day's Night.'
  • 1965 - Watts race riots in Los Angeles start, go on for six days; 35 deaths $200 million in damages.
  • 1979 - Manchu River Dam in Morvi, Gujarat, India bursts killing 5,000.
  • 1984 - Ronnie Reagan's radio gaff - announces Russia outlawed and bombing to begin - over live mike!
  • 1999 - Total eclipse today, Wednesday, at 11:11 a.m. in England, first time Moon blots out Sun since 1927.

Feast Day of Saint:

  • Blaan
  • Susan
  • Tiburtius
  • Attracta

Holiday:

  • Independence Day Chad (1960)
  • Heroes' Day in Zimbabwe
  • Carnival in Grenada

Non-Specific Holiday:

  • NAGA PANCHAMI, Hindu Festival of the Serpent God
  • RAKHI, Hindu Festival to Pledge Protection
  • CHUNG-CH'IU, Mid-autumn festival, Harvest or Moon Festival (fifteenth day of the eighth moon)
  • TISH'AH B'AB (Jewish) Anniversary of fall of Jerusalem and destruction of first & 2nd temples Ab 9
  • JANAM (OR JANMA) ASHTAMI, Hindu Birthday Festival of Krishna
  • ANANT CHATURDASI, Hindu Eternal Anniversary of 14th day of Month Bhaedra
  • CH'UNG YANG, Festival of High Places in China (ninth day of the ninth moon)
  • Japanese visit graves of ancestors mid August
  • GANESHA CHATURTHI, Hindu Festival of the Elephant God end of August
  • FRIENDSHIP DAY - first Sunday in August in USA

 

 
   
 
 
 
 
 
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