13 AUGUST
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • William Caxton, 1422
  • Lucy Stone, 1818
  • Annie Oakley, 1860
  • John Logie Baird, 1888
  • Bert Lahr, 1895
  • Alfred Hitchcock, 1899
  • Regis Toomey, 1902
  • Lord (Alan John) Sainsbury, 1902
  • Buddy Rogers, 1904
  • Alfred von Krupp, 1907
  • Sir Basil Spence, 1907
  • William Bernbach, 1911
  • Ben Hogan, 1912
  • Jane Wyatt, 1912
  • Archbishop Macarios, 1913
  • George Shearing, 1919
  • Fidel Castro, 1926
  • Robert Culp, 1930
  • Dan Fogelberg, 1951

Died On This Day:

  • Saint Maximus, AD 662
  • Eugène Delacroix, 1863
  • E. J. Trelawny, 1881
  • Florence Nightingale, 1910
  • H. G. Wells, 1946
  • King Curtis stabbed, 1971
  • Tigran Petrosian, 1984
  • Mickey Mantle, 1995
  • Julia Child, 2004
  • Brooke Astor, 2007
  • Les Paul, 2009
  • Helen Gurley Brown, 2012

Today's Events:

  • 1704 - Battle of Blenheim, British under Duke of Marlborough and Austrians beat French and Bavarians.
  • 1814 - Eight years after occupation of the Cape of Good Hope, Dutch cede territory to Britain.
  • 1876 - Premiere of Wagner's 'Der Ring des Nibelungen' in its entirety at Bayreuth.
  • 1889 - William Gray of Hartford, Conn. patents the coin operated telephone.
  • 1907 - Afghanistan independence recognized by Anglo-Russian convention.
  • 1930 - Capt. Frank Hawkes sets air speed record flying from LA to NY in 12 hours, 25 minutes.
  • 1942 - Disney's 'Bambi' premieres.
  • 1946 - Carl E. Weller of Easton, PA receives patent on the soldering gun.
  • 1961 - Berlin Wall barbed wire erected to prevent the collapse of East German state by sealing border.
  • 1964 - Last two executions of murderers in Britain: Walton prison, Liverpool and Strangeways, Manchester.
  • 1966 - Great Cultural Revolution in China led by Mao Tse-tung to prevent capitalism, build socialism.

Feast Day of Saint:

  • Tikhon of Zadonsk
  • Radegunda (died today A.D. 587)
  • Hippolytus of Rome,
  • Cassian of Imola
  • Narses the Gracious

Holiday:

  • Independence Day Central African Republic (1960)
  • International Left-hander's day

Non-Specific Holiday:

  • NAGA PANCHAMI, Hindu Festival of the Serpent God
  • RAKHI, Hindu Festival to Pledge Protection
  • CHUNG-CH'IU, Mid-autumn festival, Harvest or Moon Festival (fifteenth day of the eighth moon)
  • TISH'AH B'AB (Jewish) Anniversary of fall of Jerusalem and destruction of first & 2nd temples Ab 9
  • JANAM (OR JANMA) ASHTAMI, Hindu Birthday Festival of Krishna
  • ANANT CHATURDASI, Hindu Eternal Anniversary of 14th day of Month Bhaedra
  • CH'UNG YANG, Festival of High Places in China (ninth day of the ninth moon)
  • Japanese visit graves of ancestors mid August
  • GANESHA CHATURTHI, Hindu Festival of the Elephant God end of August
  • FRIENDSHIP DAY - first Sunday in August in USA

 

 
   
 
 
 
 
 
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