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