This Week in History

August 3

1492: Christopher Columbus set sail from Palos de la Frontera, Spain.
1527: The first known letter from North America was sent by John Rut while at St. John’s, Newfoundland.
1678: Robert LaSalle built the Le Griffon, the first known ship built on the Great Lakes.
1900: The Firestone Tire and Rubber Company was founded.
1946: Santa Claus Land, the world’s first theme amusement park, opened in Santa Claus, Indiana. 1958: The nuclear submarine USS Nautilus traveled beneath the Arctic ice cap.
1977: Tandy Corporation announced the TRS-80, one of the world’s first mass-produced personal computers.

August 4

1875: Danish author Hans Christian Andersen (The Emperor’s New Clothes, The Ugly Duckling) died in Copenhagen at age 70.
1944: A tip from a Dutch informer led the Gestapo to a sealed-off area in an Amsterdam warehouse, where they found and arrested Jewish diarist Anne Frank, her family, and four others.
1958: The Billboard Hot 100 was published for the first time.
2015: Muppets Missy Piggy and Kermit the Frog announce the end to their relationship on Twitter.

August 5

1861: In order to help pay for the Civil War, the United States government levied the first income tax, 3 percent of all incomes over US $800. (It was rescinded in 1872.)
1884: The cornerstone for the Statue of Liberty was laid on Bedloe’s Island (now Liberty Island) in New York Harbor.
1914: The first electric traffic light was installed, in Cleveland, Ohio.
1957: American Bandstand, a show dedicated to the teenage “baby-boomers” by playing the songs and showing popular dances of the time, debuted on the ABC television network.
1962: Nelson Mandela was jailed in South Africa. (He would not be released until 1990.)
2019: Brazilian drug dealer Clauvino da Silva tries and fails to escape Rio de Janeiro jail by dressing up as his teenage daughter in silicone mask and wig.

August 6

1787: Sixty proof sheets of the U.S. Constitution were delivered to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, Pa.
1930: Judge Joseph Force Crater stepped into a taxi in New York and disappeared, never to be seen again.
1964: Prometheus, a bristlecone pine and the world’s oldest tree at 4,862 years, was cut down on Wheeler Peak in Nevada by researchers who did not know its record-setting age.
1991: The World Wide Web made its public debut on the internet, introduced by its inventor, Tim Berners-Lee.

August 7

1794: President George Washington invoked the Militia Acts of 1792 to suppress the Whiskey Rebellion in western Pennsylvania.
2018: Swedish furniture brand Ikea opens its first store in India in Hyderabad.
Australia’s population hits 25 million according to Australian Bureau of Statistics.

August 8

1929: The German airship Graf Zeppelin began its around-the-world flight
1969: Photographer Iain Macmillan took a photo of the Beatles at a crosswalk in London that became the cover of the album Abbey Road, one of the most famous record album covers in music history.
2017: The Walt Disney Company announces plans to create its own streaming service, cancelling ties with Netflix.

August 9

1173: Construction began on what is now known as the Leaning Tower of Pisa (it took two centuries to complete).
1892: Inventor Thomas Edison received a patent for a two-way telegraph.
1944: The U.S. Forest Service and the Wartime Advertising Council released posters featuring Smokey Bear for the first time.
1974: Facing impeachment as a result of the Watergate scandal, Richard Nixon resigned as 37th president of the United States, the only president ever to do so.
2016: Chinese weightlifter Deng Wei sets a world record of 147kg in the clean & jerk, and another for a total score of 262kg, to win the women’s 63kg gold medal at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.


August 3- NATIONAL
Did you know that watermelon is 92% water? 

Today is the perfect opportunity to enjoy a glass of this very versatile drink. 

August 5- NATIONAL
Today, it comes in all colors, sizes, and fabrics. So all hail our underwear today!

Like golf, but not entirely, this sport uses the same general rules and etiquette but requires a disc to play.

August 7- NATIONAL
In 1789, the U.S. Congress passed an act securing the protection of all lighthouses under federal support. 

This day marks the important event in the history of the United States of when the monetary system was established. 

Literature has played a crucial role in preserving cultures, educating the masses, and storytelling.