This Week in History

August 10

1948: Candid Camera made its television debut after being on radio for a year as Candid Microphone. President Harry S. Truman signed a law that eliminated the Department of War and created the U.S. Department of Defense.
1954: The groundbreaking ceremony for the Saint Lawrence Seaway was held at Massena, New York.
2017: 100 year-old fruit cake by Huntley & Palmers deemed “almost eatable” after being discovered in hut used by Captain Scott’s expedition in Antarctica.

August 11

1858: The climbing team of Charles Barrington, Christian Almer and Peter Bohren ascended the Eiger in the Bernese Alps, the first successful attempt in recorded history.
1929: Babe Ruth became the first baseball player to hit 500 home runs in his career, with a home run at League Park in Cleveland, Ohio.
1934: The federal prison on Alcatraz Island began receiving prisoners.
1942: Actress Hedy Lamarr and composer George Antheil received a patent for a frequency-hopping, spread-spectrum communication system that later became the basis for modern technologies in wireless telephones and Wi-Fi.

August 12

1851: American inventor Isaac Singer was granted a patent for his sewing machine.
1883: The last quagga—a subspecies of the plains zebra the looked like a small half-zebra, half-horse—died at the Artis Magistra zoo in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
1953: The Soviet Union detonated its first thermonuclear weapon.
1960: NASA launched Echo 1A, the agency’s first successful communications satellite.
break the American League single season HRs allowed record with 248 and counting.

August 13

1898: The first near-Earth asteroid, 433 Eros, was discovered by German astronomer Carl Gustav Witt in Berlin.
2009: The U.S. Mint issued the third of four new Lincoln pennies. This design featured Lincoln as a young lawyer, standing before the state Capitol in Springfield, Ill. It was designed by Joel Iskowitz and sculpted by Don Everhart.

August 14

1040: King Duncan I of Scotland was killed in battle against his first cousin and rival Macbeth, who ascended to the throne.
1816: The United Kingdom formally annexed the Tristan da Cunha archipelago, ruling it from the Cape Colony in South Africa.
1842: The Second Seminole War ended, forcing the Seminoles from Florida to Oklahoma.
 “It is raining plastic,” survey published, plastic found in 90% of rain samples taken in Colorado by the US Department of the Interior and US Geological Survey.

August 15

1927: Rollo Gallagher, age unknown, of Salt Lake City, Utah, died when he broke through a thin crust of mud and fell into a boiling hot spring in Yellowstone National Park.
1944: Allied forces launched “the other D-Day,“ Operation Dragoon, the invasion of the French Riviera.
2018: Bar-hopping for pintxos (Basque tapas) in San Sebastián, Spain, named world’s best food experience in Lonely Planet’s Ultimate Eatlist.
Disney Studios is the first studio to have five films earn over $1 billion each in one year with “Toy Story 4”, “Avengers: Engame”, “Captain Marvel”, “Aladdin” and “The Lion King”.

August 16

1977: Elvis Presley died at age 42 of a drug overdose at his home in Memphis, Tenn.
1989: A solar flare from the Sun created a geomagnetic storm that affected microchips, leading to a halt of all trading on Toronto’s stock market.
2005: Violin virtuoso Vassar Clements died of lung cancer at his daughter’s home near Nashville, Tenn. He was 77.
2010: China surpassed Japan as world’s second-biggest economy.
2018: British Columbia, Canada, declares State of Emergency with 566 wildfires burning, prompting evacuation of 3,000 people.
Huge fire in Chalantika slum in Dhaka, Bangladesh, destroys 1,200 houses and leaves up to 10,000 homeless.


In today’s plugged in world, we often find ourselves wishing for a day when we didn’t have to do anything.

August 12- WORLD
Over the last decade, the number of elephants has significantly dropped by 62% and they could be mostly extinct by the end of the next decade.

Whether throwing a party with friends or hitting a festival, Prosecco will lighten any mood. 

August 14- MELON DAY
On this special day, we celebrate cantaloupes, galias, and all other muskmelons.

Get ready to satisfy your sweet tooth! 

At any amusement park, it has the highest “wow” factor.