A.D. 79: Mount Vesuvius erupted, burying the Roman cities of Pompeii, Herculaneum and Stabiae under a layer of ash between 50 feet and 300 feet deep.
1891: Thomas Edison received a patent for the motion picture camera.
1909: Workers began pouring concrete for the Panama Canal.
1932: Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly non-stop across the United States, from Los Angeles to Newark, N.J.
2017: Largest-ever lottery jackpot win in the US – $758.7m won by Mavis Wanczyk of Massachusetts in US Powerball Jackpot.
1875: Captain Matthew Webb became first person to swim across the English Channel, swimming from Dover, England, to Calais, France, in 22 hours.
1894: An article in The Lancet described the infectious agent of the bubonic plague.
2019: Double Dave, a rare two-headed timber rattlesnake found in Pine Barrens forest, New Jersey.
1498: Michelangelo was commissioned by French Cardinal Jean de Bilhères to carve the Pietà.
1920: The 19th Amendment to U.S. Constitution went into effect, giving women the right to vote.
2019: Johnson & Johnson ordered to pay state of Oklahoma $572 million in 1st trial against opioid manufacturer.
1859: Petroleum was discovered in Titusville, Pa., leading to the development of the world’s first commercially successful oil well.
2000: Singer and songwriter Willie Nelson became the first entertainer in history to have a forest fire named after him; the “Willie” fire started near Red Lodge, Mont., while Nelson was performing a concert there; the fire was started by a motorcycle accident on the Beartooth Highway, and the town of Red Lodge was evacuated because of it.
2003: Mars made its closest approach to Earth in nearly 60,000 years, passing a mere 34,646,418 miles away.
2015: 15th Athletics World Championships: Usain Bolt of Jamaica adds the Mens 200m gold to his 100m win.
1830: The first steam locomotive, the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad’s Tom Thumb, raced a horse-drawn car, foretelling steam’s role in American railroading.
1898: “Brad’s Drink,” a carbonated soft drink made by Caleb Bradham at his drugstore in New Bern, N.C., was renamed Pepsi-Cola.|
1937: Toyota Motor Corporation was founded in Tokyo.
1963: The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “I have a dream” speech in Washington, D.C.
2009: The elderly male bank robber known as the Geezer Bandit committed the first of 16 armed robberies in Southern California; his most recent heist was Dec. 2, 2011, and he remains at large as of August 2015.
2017: Matt Vogel makes his debut as the voice of Kermit the Frog in “Muppet Thought of the Week” video.
2019: Discovery of 3.8-million-year-old skull of early human ancestor Australopithecus anamensis, found by Yohannes Haile-Selassie, at Miro Dora, Ethiopia, upends previous evolutionary theory published in journal “Nature”.
1898: Frank Seiberling founded the Goodyear tire company in Akron, Ohio.
1922: Radio station WEAF-AM in New York City broadcast the first radio advertisement.
1966: The Beatles performed their last concert before paying fans at Candlestick Park in San Francisco.
2005: Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast from New Orleans to the Florida panhandle.
2017: Hurricane Harvey sets rainfall record (51.88 inches in Cedar Bayou) from a tropical cyclone in continental US, according to US National Weather Service.
2018: Star quarterback Aaron Rodgers signs NFL record contract extension with the Green Bay Packers; 4 years worth $134m rising to a possible $180m with a record $103m in guarantees.
30 B.C.: Cleopatra, the ruler of Egypt, committed suicide by allowing a poisonous snake to bite her.
1963: The hotline between leaders of the USA and Soviet Union began operating.
1984: The Space Shuttle Discovery took off on its maiden voyage.
2017: Hurricane Irma forms near Cape Verde Islands, will go on to become category 5 hurricane.
2019: Second interstellar comet ever detected by Ukrainian amateur astronomer Gennady Borisov (later named 2I/Borisov).
ON THIS DAY… AUGUST 24 – AUGUST 30
August 24- VESUVIUS DAY
We commemorate the eruption of Mount Vesuvius on this day.
August 25- NATIONAL
BANANA SPLIT DAY
Give your taste buds the thrill of delicious ice cream and luscious chocolate covering a fresh banana topped off with nuts, a cherry and whipped cream.
August 26- NATIONAL DOG DAY
Get ready to celebrate all of your furry friends in the best ways possible!
INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY DAY
Today is the day where we all try our luck and you never know, a lifechanging sum of money could be on the horizon.
August 28- NATIONAL BOW TIE DAY
This day is dedicated to everyone’s favorite underrated accessory.
August 29- NATIONAL LEMON JUICE DAY
When life hands you lemons, make
August 30 -FRANKENSTEIN DAY
Can you believe it has been over 200 years since the original “Frankenstein” story was published?