Born On This Day:
- St. Antony of Padua, 1195
- Frederick William I, King of Prussia, 1688
- Napoleon Bonaparte, 1769
- Sir Walter Scott, 1771
- Thomas de Quincey, 1785
- Walter Crane, 1845
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge, 1875
- Ethel Barrymore, 1879
- Edna Ferber, 1887
- T.E. Lawrence (of Arabia), 1888
- Bil Baird, 1904
- Julia Child, 1912
- Wendy Hiller, 1912
- Mike Connors, 1921
- Phyllis Schlafly, 1924
- Robert Bolt, 1924
- Oscar Peterson, 1925
- Tom Mboya, 1930
- Jim Dale, 1935
- Vernon Jordan, 1935
- Linda Ellerbee, 1944
- Princess Anne, the Princess Royal, 1950
- Debra Messing, 1968
- Ben Affleck, 1972
Died On This Day:
- Saint Stephen I, 1038
- Macbeth, King of Scotland, 1057
- Wiley Post killed, 1935
- Will Rogers killed, 1935
- Artur Schnabel, 1951
- René Magritte, 1967
- Oscar Levant, 1972
- John Cameron Swayze, 1995
- 1057 - Macbeth mortally wounded at the Battle of Lumphanan, Scotland; Victorious was future King Malcolm III.
- 1237 - City of Berlin founded.
- 1635 - First recorded hurricane in America near Plymouth rock.
- 1790 - John Carroll consecrated as first Catholic bishop in America in chapel at Dorset, England.
- 1843 - Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen open for business with special guest Hans Christian Andersen.
- 1848 - The dental chair patented by designer M. Waldo Hanchett of Syracuse, N.Y.
- 1914 - Panama Canal officially opened; first passage from Atlantic to Pacific Oceans made by SS Ancon.
- 1935 - Will Rogers and Wiley Post go down in airplane.
- 1939 - 'Wizard of Oz' premieres at Grauman's Chinese Theatre, Hollywood.
- 1945 - V-J Day. Allied victory over Japan in World War II. WWII
- 1947 - After 200 years of British rule, India and Pakistan become independent.
- 1969 - Woodstock Music & Art Fair opens, 450,000 rock fans gather in fields of alfalfa near Bethel, N.Y.
- 1998 - Real IRA strikes Omagh in Northern Ireland killing 29; worst single atrocity in Northern Ireland's troubles.
- 2003 - Biggest power cut in history at 16:10 (2010GMT) in Eastern US and Canada; 50 million affected.
- 2007 - Devastating 7.9 earthquake hits coast of Peru killing 350+; epicenter in Pacific Ocean 90 miles southeast of Lima.
Feast Day of Saint:
- The Blessed Virgin Mary
- Independence Day Bahrain (1971), Congo (1960), India (1947)
- Foundation Day in Panama City
- Liberation Day South Korea (1948)
- Assumption Day celebrated
- 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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