Interactive "On This Day in History" Calendar
August 2018

August is “American Artist Appreciation Month”

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Herman Melville (author of Moby Dick) born, 1819
Colorado became a state, 1876
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Persian Gulf War started when Iraq invaded Kuwait, 1990
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First ships passed through the Panama Canal, 1914
National Watermelon Day
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Neil Armstrong (first man on the moon) born, 1930
National Friendship Day
1st Sunday in August
American Family Day
1st Sunday in August
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Hiroshima Day, anniversary of atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima, Japan, 1945
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US Launches Explorer VI, taking the first pictures of Earth from space, 1959
National Lighthouse Day
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Matthew Henson (Arctic explorer) born, 1886
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Jesse Owens wins four gold medals, 1936
International Art Appreciation Day
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Independence Day, Ecuador (Ecuador declared its independence from Spain in 1809)
Construction Began on Mt. Rushmore
Missouri became a state, 1821
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Independence Day, Chad (Chad gained independence from France in 1960)
Partial Solar Eclipse
9:58 AM GMT
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Fossil of a huge T. rex found by Susan Hendrickson, 1990
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International Left-Handers Day
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Pakistan became independent of British rule, 1947
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Phobos, a Martian moon, discovered, 1877
Davy Crockett born, 1786
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First Quarter Moon
7:49 AM GMT
Helium discovered on the Sun, 1868
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Roger W. Sperry (brain researcher) born, 1913
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Hawaii became a state, 1959
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National Tooth Fairy Day
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Mexico gained its independence from Spain with the Treaty of Aquala, 1821
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Ukrainian Independence Day
Mt. Vesuvius erupted, burying Pompeii, AD 79
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Amelia Earhart completes non-stop transcontinental flight (across North America) in 19 hrs and 5 mins, 1932
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Krakatoa erupted, 1883
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Dream Day - Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I have a dream" speech, 1963
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Atahualpa, the last Incan King of Peru, was murdered on orders from Spanish conqueror Francisco Pizarro, and the Inca empire died, 1533
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Jacques-Louis David (artist) born, 1748
Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (author of "Frankenstein") born, 1797
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Maria Montessori (teacher) born, 1870
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