On This Day..... August 8

 

AUGUST 8TH

  • TODAY IS NATIONAL CBD (HEMP OIL) DAY
  • TODAY IS NATIONAL FROZEN CUSTARD DAY
 
  • TODAY IS INTERNATIONAL CAT DAY
  • TODAY IS NATIONAL SNEAK A ZUCCHINI INTO YOUR NEIGHBOR’S PORCH DAY
 

BIRTHDAYS:

  • CHARLES BULLFINCH (1763-1844)
  • DINO DE LAURENTIIS (1919-2010)
 
  • ESTHER WILLIAMS (1921-2013)
  • DUSTIN HOFFMAN (1937, 81)
 
  • KEITH CARRADINE (1949, 69)
  • ROBIN QUIVERS (1952, 66)
 
  • DEBORAH NORVILLE (1958, 60)
  • THE EDGE (1961, 57)
 
  • SCOTT STAPP (1973, 45)
  • JC CHASEZ (1976, 42)
 
  • DREW LACHEY (1976, 42)
  • ROGER FEDERER (1981, 37)
 
  • PRINCESS BEATRICE (1988, 30)
  • SHAWN MENDES (1998, 20)
 

ON THIS DAY:

  • IN 1508, JUAN PONCE DE LEON FOUNDS THE FIRST EUROPEAN SETTLEMENT IN PUERTO RICO, CAPARRA
  • IN 1786, CONGRESS ADOPTS THE DECIMAL SYSTEM OF MONEY AND THE SILVER DOLLAR
  • IN 1844, BRIGHAM YOUNG SUCCEEDS JOSEPH SMITH AS THE HEAD OF THE MORMON CHURCH AFTER SMITH’S DEATH
 
  • IN 1854, SMITH & WESSON PATENTS THE METAL BULLETT CARTRIDGE
  • IN 1863, ANDREW JOHNSON, GOVERNOR OF TENNESSEE DURING THE CIVIL WAR, FREES HIS PERSONAL SLAVES
  • IN 1876, THOMAS EDISON PATENTS THE AUTOGRAPHIC PRINTER
  • IN 1882, LAKE MICHIGAN EXPERIENCES A FLUKE SNOW FALL
  • IN 1898, WILLIAM KELLOGG INVENTS CORN FLAKES
 
  • IN 1911, CONGRESS SETS THE NUMBER OF REPS IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AT 435, TO GO INTO EFFECT IN 1913
  • IN 1918, THE HUNDRED DAYS OFFENSIVE BEGINS IN WORLD WAR I WITH THE BATTLE OF AMIENS TO ATTACK THE GERMAN LINE
  • IN 1919, THE BRITISH ACKNOWLEDGE THE INDEPENDENCE OF AFGHANISTAN
  • IN 1925, 200,000 PEOPLE MARCH IN THE FIRST NATIONAL KU KLUX KLAN RALLY IN D.C.
  • IN 1929, THE GRAF ZEPPELIN BEGINS A FLIGHT AROUND THE WORLD
 
  • IN 1939, THE U.S. BOYCOTTS THE 7TH VENICE FILM FESTIVAL OVER THE REGIME OF ITALIAN PREMIERE BENITO MUSSOLINI
  • IN 1942, THE U.S. EXECUTES SIX CONVICTED NAZI SABATEURS
  • IN 1945, PRESIDENT TRUMAN SIGNS THE UNITED NATIONS CHARTER
  • IN 1945, THE TREATY OF LONDON BETWEEN THE U.S., BRITAIN, FRANCE AND THE U.S.S.R. SET PROCEDURES FOR THE NUREMBURG TRIALS
 
  • IN 1945, THE U.S.S.R. DECLARES WAR ON JAPAN IN WWII AND ESTABLISHES A COMMUNIST GOVERNMENT IN NORTH KOREA
  • IN 1950, FLORENCE CHADWICK SWIMS THE ENGLISH CHANNEL IN 13 HOURS
  • IN 1955, THE GENEVA CONFERENCE SETS TO PROVIDE GUIDELINES ON ATOMIC ENERGY
  • IN 1960, 16 YEAR OLD BRIAN HYLAND HITS #1 WITH “ITSY BITSY TEENIE WEENIE YELLOW POLKA DOT BIKINI”
 
  • IN 1963, RADIO STATIONS REFUSE TO PLAY THE KINGSMAN’S “LOUIE LOUIE” OVER WHAT THEY CONSIDER TO BE OSCENE LYRICS
  • IN 1968, RICHARD NIXON GETS THE NOMINATION AT THE REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION
  • IN 1969, IAN MCMILLAN TAKES THE ICONIC COVER PHOTO OF THE BEATLES “ABBEY ROAD” ALBUM
  • IN 1970, THE NY YANKEES RETIRE CASEY STENGEL’S NUMBER 37
 
  • IN 1973, VICE PRESIDENT SPIRO AGNEW REFUSES TO RESIGN AND DENIES ALLEGATIONS THAT HE TOOK KICKBACKS FOR GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS AS “DAMNED LIES”
  • IN 1974, PRESIDENT RICHARD NIXON ANNOUNCES HE WILL RESIGN THE PRESIDENCY AS OF 12PM NOON THE NEXT DAY
  • IN 1975, HANK WILLIAMS JR. FALLS OFF THE SIDE OF AJAX PEAK IN MONTANA
 
  • IN 1975, TYPHOON NINA CAUSES SO MUCH RAINFALL THAT THE BANQIAO DAM FAILS IN CHINA CAUSING THE DESTRUCTION OF SIX MILLION BUILDINGS AND 229,000 DEATHS
  • IN 1976, THE CHICAGO WHITE SOX EXPERIMENT WITH SHORTS
  • IN 1979, SADDAM HUSSEIN EXECUTES 22 POLITICAL OPPONENTS
  • IN 1986, DAVID CROSBY IS RELEASED FROM PRISON AFTER SERVING THREE YEARS FOR DRUG AND WEAPON POSSESSION
  • IN 1987, LYNNE COX IS THE FIRST WOMAN TO SWIM ACROSS THE BERING STRAIGHT FROM THE U.S. TO RUSSIA
 
  • IN 1987, U2 GOES TO #1 WITH “I STILL HAVEN’T FOUND WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR”
  • IN 1988, RUSSIA PULLS TROOPS OUT OF AFGHANISTAN AFTER EIGHT YEARS OF WAR AND IRAQ AND IRAN CALL A CEASE FIRE AFTER THEIR EIGHT YEAR WAR
  • IN 1988, N.W.A. RELEASES “STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON”
 
  • IN 1990, IRAQ ANNEXES KUWAIT
  • IN 1990, PETE ROSE BEGINS A FIVE MONTH PRISON SENTENCE
  • IN 1991, GARY OLDMAN IS ARRESTED FOR DRUNK DRIVING
  • IN 1992, METALLICA’S JAMES HETFIELD BURNS HIMSELF DURING A PYROTECHNIC EXPLOSION ON STAGE IN MONTREAL
 
  • IN 1992, MADONNA GOES TO #1 WITH “THIS USED TO BE MY PLAYGROUND” FROM HER MOVIE “A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN”
  • IN 1995, COOLIO RELEASES “GANGSTA’S PARADISE”
  • IN 2001, TOM CRUISE AND NICOLE KIDMAN DIVORCE
 
  • IN 2004, FAY WRAY DIES AT 96
  • IN 2007, CARLOS SLIM PASSES BILL GATES AS THE RICHEST MAN IN THE WORLD
  • IN 2008, THE 29TH OLYMPICS BEGIN IN BEIJING, CHINA
  • IN 2008, GEORGIA INVADES SOUTH OSSETIA SPARKING A FIVE DAY WAR WITH RUSSIA
  • IN 2017, DISNEY PULLS ALL OF ITS MATERIAL FROM NETLFIX AND ANNOUNCES IT WILL BEGIN A RIVAL STREAMING SERVICE
  • IN 2017, GLEN CAMPBELL DIES AT 81
 

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