Hawaii was not a U.S. state when Pearl Harbor was attacked. It was 18 years after Pearl Harbor that Hawaii officially became the 50th U.S. state on August 21st, 1959. history.com/news/hawaii-w…
The emperor tamarin was named for its elegant and distinctive mustache which was thought by some to resemble the mustache of German emperor Wilhelm II. In 1907, the Swiss zoologist Emil August Goeldi named the monkey "emperor" as a joke, but it then became the species name we know it by today. news.cgtn.com/news/2019-1…
In the USA, Mother's Day is celebrated on the 2nd Sunday of May. In the UK, it is held on the 4th Sunday of March, in Hungary it is the 1st Sunday of May, in Thailand it is the 12th of August and in Indonesia it is the 22nd of December. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mot…
Today I learned about the Royal Hawaiian Navy, which consisted of a single ship, HHMS Kaimiloa, and existed for about 5 months, from March to August of 1887. She only had a single mission- to sail to Samoa to seek an alliance. That mission failed, mostly due to colonial ambitions of world powers at the time. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kai…
On August 10, 2015 a batch of Romaine lettuce became the first food grown and consumed in space. npr.org/sections/thetwo-w…
The last German troops to surrender after World War II were a group of soldiers stationed at a meteorological station on Svalbard. They lost radio contact in May 1945 and were unable to radio for support until August 1945. They were picked up by Norwegian seal hunters on September 4. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
Today I learned of Operation Cottage. On August 15 1943, the Allies invaded the Japanese occupied island of Kiska, without knowing the Japanese had already evacuated. They still manage to suffer over 313 casualties. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
At age six, Ellar Coltrane was picked to play the title character in the film "Boyhood". Coltrane and other members of the cast were filmed intermittently for several days at a time between May 2002 and August 2013, by the time they turned 19; there were 45 days of filming altogether en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ell…
The German invasion of Poland was originally planned for August 25th - at the last minute, Hitler delayed to September 1st, but one German unit didn't get the message and invaded on the 25th anyway - they were defeated and Hitler blamed the incident on an "insane individual" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jab…
In 1917 when Shackleton found rescue from a doomed expedition he took to the Antarctic in August, 1914, he asked how the war turned out. The answer was "the war isn't over. Millions are dead. Europe is mad. The world is mad." todayinhistory.blog/2017/…
In August 1968 after being turned down by 19 other teams, the Atlanta Braves signed 62-year-old pitcher Satchel Paige so he could get his MLB pension. He needed only 158 days on an active roster to reach the five-year minimum required to receive his pension. He collected $250 a month. theundefeated.com/feature…
On August 21–23, 1924, the United States observed "National Radio Silence Day" with all radios quiet for 5 minutes on the hour, every hour, for 36-hours, in an attempt to achieve contact with intelligent life on the planet Mars. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sea…
Handel composed Messiah in an interlude, somewhere between three and four weeks in August and September 1741. "He would literally write from morning to night". Mozart confessed himself to be humble in the face of Handel's genius smithsonianmag.com/arts-c…
On August 24, 2001, Air Transat Flight 236 lost all of its fuel in mid air, the captain(a glider pilot) then proceeded to glide the Airbus A330, with 306 occupants, without any power, for 19 minutes, covering some 120 km, until landing hard at Lajes Air Base with 0 casualties en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air…
Marlon Brando started filming Mutiny on the Bounty on Oct. 15, 1960, with 150 crew members staying in Tahiti. Because of on-set script rewrites, the next time they filmed was Nov. 28. Because of more on-set incidents, the film was still reshooting as of August 12, 1962. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mut…
All thoroughbred horses share the same birthday, depending on where they liveβ€”January 1st in the Northern Hemisphere, and August 1st in the Southern Hemisphere horseracingsense.com/why-…
There is a yearly event in Hungary where various peoples of Asian nomadic celebrate the first week of August called the Great KurultΓ‘j. In addition to a nations parade, they ride horses, shoot arrows, etc. Hungary, Turkey, Mongolia, the ex Soviet states, and even Manchus participate en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
Julia Child passed away from kidney failure at her retirement home, Casa Dorinda in Montecito, California, on August 13, 2004, shortly after eating French onion soup, made from one of her own recipes by her longtime assistant. thedailymeal.com/eat/9-th…
Today I learned of Shamsa bint Mohammed Al Maktoum who is a Emirati princess and a member of the Dubai ruling family. In July 2000 she fled her country and hid in London until august 2000 where she was kidnapped off the street in Cambridge by men working for her father. She hasn't been seen in public since. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sha…
A Scottish biologist Alexander Fleming took an August vacation from his work in the lab investigating staph. Upon his return on Sept. 3, 1928, the scientist found a strange fungus on a culture he had left in his labβ€”a fungus that had killed off all surrounding bacteria in the culture. healio.com/news/endocrino…
A bride from Cyprus named Maria Paraskeva broke the Guinness World Record for the Longest wedding veil. Her veil measured about 6,962. meters. Her marriage took place in Larnaca, Cyprus, on 14 August 2018. This is approximately the length of 63 and a half American football fields. guinnessworldrecords.com/…
In August 1864, a sniper tried to shoot Abraham Lincoln as he left the White House. They had missed by inches and shot through Lincoln’s hat, knocking it off his head. Lincoln had left without guards. He was just riding out to an evening retreat. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
On August 11th 1973 in the Bronx NYC a bloc party was held called the "Back to School Jam" by a man named Clive Campbell. Going by the stage name DJ Kool Herc, Campbell elongated popular disco break beats and funky drum solos into the genre of music we now know today as Hip Hop. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DJ_…
Actor Sam Elliott -- known for his full mustache, and deep, resonant voice -- voices Smokey the Bear in the iconic character's public service announcements, and that the two share the same birthday: Smokey was first introduced on August 9, 1944, the same day Elliott was born. npr.org/2014/08/08/338776…
Today I learned of August Engelhardt, a German who created a cult called Sonnenorden that revolved around worshiping the sun and coconuts. To him, the sun and God and the coconut were much the same indivisible holy entity, much as the trinity of Father, Son, and Holy Ghost are one and the same in Catholicism. atlasobscura.com/articles…
In August 2012, a spider from the rare species Cicurina madla was found in a 6-foot-deep natural hole in Northwest San Antonio, halting completion of a $15-million highway underpass. mysanantonio.com/living_g…
Ohio was officially accepted into the Union on August 7, 1953. Ohio was approved for induction into the USA by President Jefferson in 1803, but Congress forgot to vote on it until 1953 ohiohistory.org/learn/edu…
The relatives of John F. Kennedy's grandmother, Mary Josephine Fitzgerald - who outlived the US President by over eight months - kept her completely unaware of his assassination until she died at 98 in August 1964. cdnc.ucr.edu/?a=d&d=D…
In 1941, an Italian newspaper reported that the Loch Ness Monster had been killed by a direct hit in a German air raid. However, when a family boating on the Loch in August 1941 sighted the monster, the Daily Mail made a point of noting that Nessie had survived the Nazi attempt on her life hoaxes.org/archive/permal…
Evidence showed that during the seven and a half months preceding Elvis's death -- from January 1, 1977, to August 16, 1977 -- Doctor Nichopoulos wrote prescriptions for Elvis for at least 8,805 pills, tablets, vials, and injectables. Going back to January 1975, the count was 19,012. huffpost.com/entry/elvis-…
Before the adoption of Latin/Roman names for the months, Old English had its own set of names. For example, August was Weod-mōnaΓΎ or "Weed month" in modern English. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ear…
The first message sent across the Transatlantic Telegraph Cable, on August 16, 1858, read, "Directors of Atlantic Telegraph Company, Great Britain, to Directors in America:β€”Europe and America are united by telegraph. Glory to God in the highest; on earth peace, good will towards men." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tra…
"Electrical disruptions caused by squirrels are common and widespread. Between Memorial Day and August 31, 2013, at least 50 power outages caused by squirrels (POCBS) were recorded in 24 U.S. states." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ele…
There is a time when Pablo Picasso was suspected of stealing the Mona Lisa. On August 21, 1911, the Mona Lisa was stolen from Paris's Louvre Museum. It was a Mondayβ€”the museum was closed and security was minimal. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
Today I learned of "familicide," a type of murder or murder-suicide in which a perpetrator kills multiple close family members in quick succession. Perpetrators tend to be white males in their 30s. Many of these crimes occur in August, before school starts, which may delay detection and investigation. abcnews.go.com/US/people-…
The name of the German car manufacturer Audi is based on the Latin translation of the surname of its founder, August Horch. Horch means "listen" in German and becomes "audi" in Latin. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aud…
In August 1915, three-year-old Maud Smith made the last journey of a child by U.S. post, when her grandparents mailed her 40 miles through Kentucky to visit her sick mother. This came after Postmaster General Albert S. Burleson had officially banned postal workers from accepting humans as mail. history.com/news/mailing-…
There were a few "sponsored" units in the American Civil War. The Chicago Board of Trade Independent Light Artillery, one such unit, was formed in August 1862, and swiftly followed later that month by the competing Chicago Mercantile Independent Light Battery Artillery en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chi…
The first anime fan convention held in North America was YamatoCon, held on August 13, 1983 in Dallas, Texas ourstarblazers.com/vault/…
Before JFK, Oswald tried to kill army General Edwin Walker in April 1963. A tourist visited the General's place in August 1963 & films the scene of that attempt. He later unknowingly caught Oswald on video in August 9, while witnessing a commotion on Canal Street. emuseum.jfk.org/objects/3…
On December 26, 1862, thirty-eight Dakota Indians were hung in Mankato, Minnesota, in the largest mass execution in US history–on orders of President Abraham Lincoln. Their crime: killing 490 white settlers, including women and children, in the Santee Sioux uprising the previous August. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dak…
Last August, a three-year-old girl entangled in the tail of a giant kite survived a terrifying ride after being swept more than 100 feet (30 metres) into the air during a kite festival in Taiwan. reuters.com/article/us-ta…
In 2019, singer Mike Posner announced he would walk completely across the United States. On August 7, his walk was delayed a few weeks after he was bitten by a rattlesnake in Colorado and airlifted to a local hospital. He finished his walk across America on October 18, 2019. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mik…
Louis-Antoine of France was crowned on August 2th 1830, but renounced his position only 20 minutes after coronation, making him the shortest-reigning king in history. guinnessworldrecords.com/…
In a game of roulette at the Monte Carlo Casino on August 18, 1913, the ball fell in black 26 times in a row. simple.wikipedia.org/wiki…
Cyprus became independent from the UK on August 16, 1960, but the Independence Day was moved to October 1, to avoid summer heat and tourist season en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
In August 1966, a few months after John Lennon claimed that the Beatles were "more popular than Jesus," a radio station in Texas, USA had a "Beatles bonfire" and burned thousands of Beatles records in front of a crowd. The next day, the station's transmitter tower was struck by lightning. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KAR…
The tomb of Genghis Khan (died August 18, 1227) has been the object of much speculation and research. To This Day, 800 years after his death, the site remains undiscovered. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom…
On August 31st, 1886, Charleston, SC had a 7.6 magnitude earthquake, which was felt as far away as Boston, Chicago, and Cuba, with damage extending to Ohio & Alabama. Total damage was in excess of 5.5 million (112 million today) history.com/this-day-in-h…

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