1890 The daughters of the American Revolution organize themselves. They’re still here. Here’s more from Wikipedia
1918 Remember Alvin York? Well today, he became famous. Sgt. York would have died destitute if it wasn’t for an act of congress in the early 60’s.
1929 the Graf Zeppelin airship begins its round the world flight. http://www.airships.net/lz127-graf-zeppelin
1937 Bonneville Dam on Columbia River begins producing power
1942 6 Nazi “saboteurs” were executed for spying after being convicted at a military tribunal. Substitute “terrorist” and we’re up to date.
As World War II is about to officially end, Political post war positioning begins.
1945 Pres Harry S Truman signs UN Charter
1945 USSR declares war against Japan in WW II (the A bomb follows)
1945 USSR establishes a communist government in North Korea
1950: Florence Chadwick swam the English Channel from France to England in 13 hours and 20 minutes, breaking Gertrude Ederle's previous record; in 1951 she became the first woman to swim the Channel from England to France (16:22)
1963 Remember the Great Train robbery in Britain? They hauled off 2.6 million
1963 The Kingsmen release "Louie, Louie," radio stations label it obscene
1966 South African Broadcasting bans Beatles records after John Lennon's remark (back on March 4th) that the Beatles were more popular then Jesus.
1970 Janis Joplin bought a tombstone for blues singerBessie Smith. Two months later Joplin was dead of a drug overdose.
1973 Spiro Agnew stated that the charges of taking kickbacks were “damned Lies” and he would never resign. Several months later he did resign. Here’s more quotesfrom Spiro
1974 A year later Nixon announces his resignation avoiding being impeached by Congress.
1983 Jury in KC, Mo, awards TV anchorwomanChristine Craft $500,000 in sex discrimination suit against KMBC-TV (later overturned)
1988 Temperature hits high of 88 on 8/8/88 in NYC.
1988 Russian troops begin to pull out of Afghanistan after a 9 year war
1810: Mary Grove Nichols born (health reformer)
1814: Esther McQuigg Slack Morris born (suffragist, public official)
1847: Alice Gulick born (missionary, educator, founder of the International Institute for Girls in Spain)
1863: Florence Augusta Merriam Bailey born (scientist, writer)
1879 -1919 Mexican revolutionary Emiliano Zapata If you were a Brando fan you might want to rent Viva Zapata although many liberties were taken with history.
1882: Olga Samaroff born (pianist, educator)
1884: Sara Teasdale born ( poet)
1896: Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings (writer)
Rudi Gernreich (1922-1985) designer of the first topless swimsuit was also the designer of the “no bra” bra
1923 Speaking of swimming today is the birthday of actress, swimmer, dancer Esther Williams.
1948: Svetlana Savitskaya born (second woman in space)
Quote for Today
Spend all you have for loveliness,
Buy it and never count the cost;
For one white singing hour of peace
Count many a year of strife well lost,
And for a breath of ecstacy
Give all you have been, or could be. -- Sara Teasdale