8 AUGUST
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • Charles A. Dana, 1819
  • Emiliano Zapata, 1879
  • Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, 1896
  • Ernest O. Lawrence, 1901
  • Arthur Goldberg, 1908
  • Sylvia Sidney, 1910
  • Dino De Laurentiis, 1919
  • Esther Williams, 1921
  • Rudi Gernreich, 1922
  • Ronnie Biggs, 1929
  • Joan Mondale, 1930
  • Mel Tillis, 1932
  • Dustin Hoffman, 1937
  • Connie Stevens, 1938
  • Keith Carradine, 1950
  • Randy Shilts, 1951
  • Donny Most, 1953
  • Roger Federer, 1981
  • Princess Beatrice of York, 1988

Died On This Day:

  • Lothair, AD 869
  • George Canning, 1827
  • F.W. Woolworth, 1919
  • Julian 'Cannonball' Adderley, 1975
  • Nicholas Monsarrat, 1979
  • Louise Brooks, 1985
  • Fay Wray, 2004
  • Barbara Bel Geddes, 2005
  • Patricia Neal, 2010
  • Glen Campbell, 2017

Today's Events:

  • 1588 - Spanish Armada vanquished in early morning hours by British Fleet at Calais, France.
  • 1709 - World's first indoor balloon ascent demonstrated by Father Bartolomeu de Gusmao in Lisbon.
  • 1876 - Thomas Alva Edison patents his first mimeograph machine.
  • 1899 - Albert Marshall of Brockton, Mass patents refrigeration machine.
  • 1900 - First Davis Cup tennis matches begin at Longwood Cricket Club in Brookline, Mass; U.S. vs. Britain.
  • 1911 - Newsreels in movie theatres introduced by the Pathé company.
  • 1925 - 40,000 Ku Klux Klanspersons stage public march down Pennsylvania Ave. in Washington, D.C.
  • 1929 - Graf Zeppelin begins flight around the world in 21 days with 16 passengers, 37 crew.
  • 1945 - USSR declares war on Japan WWII two days after atom bomb dropped on Hiroshima. A little late?
  • 1949 - Earthquake in Ecuador devastates 1,500 square miles and kills over 4,600.
  • 1963 - Great Train Robbery in Britain-$7 million stolen by 12 perps on Glasgow/London train at 3:03 a.m.
  • 1974 - Richard M. Nixon becomes first U.S. President to resign effective noon tomorrow.
  • 1988 - Wrigley Field in Chicago finally gets night baseball.
  • 2008 - Russia invades Georgia to aid separatists in breakaway South Ossetia.

Feast Day of Saint:

  • John-Baptist Vianney
  • Hormidz
  • Cyriacus

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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