14 AUGUST
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • Pope Pius VII, 1742
  • Baron Richard von Krafft-Ebing, 1840
  • John Galsworthy, 1867
  • Sir James Pitman, 1901
  • Nehemiah Persoff, 1920
  • Russell Baker, 1925
  • Alice Ghostley, 1926
  • Buddy Greco, 1926
  • Lina Wertmuller, 1928
  • David Crosby, 1941
  • Steve Martin, 1945
  • Susan St. James, 1946
  • Danielle Steel, 1947
  • Gary Larson, 1950
  • Alexander Medvedev, 1955
  • Ervin Magic Johnson, 1959
  • Halle Berry, 1968

Died On This Day:

  • King Duncan Scotland murdered, 1040
  • Pope Pius II, 1464
  • Admiral David Farragut, 1870
  • William Randolph Hearst, 1951
  • Bertolt Brecht, 1956
  • Clifford Odets, 1963
  • J. B. Priestley, 1984
  • Gale Sondergaard, 1985
  • Enzo Ferrari, 1988
  • Alice Childress, 1994
  • Larry Rivers, 2002
  • Phil Rizzuto, 2007

Today's Events:

  • 1040 - Macbeth murders his cousin King Duncan; 17 years later Macbeth would be murdered by Duncan's son.
  • 1784 - Russian fur trader Grigory Shelikhov founds first permanent Russian settlement in Alaska on Kodiak I.
  • 1811 - Paraguay declares itself independent of Spain.
  • 1814 - In the Treaty of Kiel Denmark gives Norway to Sweden; Denmark keeps Greenland, Iceland and Faroe
  • 1816 - Remotest island in the world, Tristan da Cunha, annexed by the United Kingdom.
  • 1834 - Jacob Perkins receives British patent on ice-making machine.
  • 1880 - Cathedral in Cologne, Germany, finally completed after 632 years of construction.
  • 1893 - World's first car registration plates issued in France with first driving licenses and parking rules.
  • 1900 - Peking captured by European forces inc US Marines.. Empress Dowager Flees. Boxer Rebellion ends.
  • 1933 - Forest fire in Tillamook, Oregon wipes out 270,000 acres ($200 million damage).
  • 1935 - President Franklin Delano Roosevelt approves the Social Security Act.
  • 1936 - Last public execution in America; Rainey Bethea dies for murder of 70 year old woman at 5:45 a.m.
  • 1941 - Last execution in Tower of London-8 man firing squad kills German spy.
  • 1945 - A million people flock to Times Square, New York to see news flash: Japan Surrenders.
  • 1947 - At midnight, India is independent; 400 million free of colonial rule led by Nehru and Mahatma Gandhi.
  • 1969 - British troops move into Londonderry, Northern Ireland to stop rioting Catholics & Protestants.
  • 2007 - Worst Iraq attack by Al-Qaeda in war; 400+ innocent Kurdish members of Yazidi sect slaughtered in quadruple suicide bombing.
  • 2126 - Comet expected to hit earth; end of the world worries some.

Holiday:

  • V-J Day celebrated - US victory in Japan 1945, Pakistan Independence Day (1947)

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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