Born On This Day:
- Georg Wilhelm Hegel, 1770
- Theodore Dreiser, 1871
- Samuel Goldwyn, 1882
- Man Ray, 1890
- Frank Leahy, 1908
- Lyndon Baines Johnson, 1908
- Mother Teresa, 1910
- Martha Raye, 1916
- Ira Levin, 1929
- Lady Antonia Fraser, 1935
- Tommy Sands, 1937
- Darryl Dragon, 1942
- Tuesday Weld, 1943
- Barbara Bach, 1947
- Pee-Wee Herman, 1952
Died On This Day:
- Little Saint Hugh of Lincoln, 1255
- Titian, 1576
- Pope Sixtus V, 1590
- Lope de Vega, 1635
- Thomas Chandler Haliburton (Sam Slick), 1865
- Louis Botha, 1919
- Ernest O. Lawrence, 1958
- W.E.B. Du Bois, 1963
- Le Corbusier, 1965
- Brian Epstein suicide, 1967
- Margaret Bourke-White, 1971
- Bennett Cerf, 1971
- Haile Selassie, 1975
- Lord Louis Mountbatten assassinated, 1979
- Sam Levenson, 1980
- Stevie Ray Vaughan, 1990
- Brandon Tartikoff, 1997
- 413 BC - Trad. Full eclipse of the moon renders Nicias and Athenian army open to massacre by Spartans.
- 1667 - First cyclone recorded in America at Jamestown, VA.
- 1776 - Americans defeated by British under Sir Wm. Howe in the Battle of Long Island (Revolutionary War).
- 1783 - First hydrogen balloon flies in Paris by Jacques Alexandre César Charles with aid from Montgolfiers.
- 1828 - Uruguay gains independence from Brazil.
- 1859 - First oil well in America drilled in Titusville, Western Pennsylvania by W. A. 'Uncle Billy' Smith.
- 1883 - Volcano at Krakatoa in Indonesia continues eruption. Most powerful volcanic eruption in history.
- 1889 - The metal clarinet patented by Charles Gerard Conn of Elkhart, Indiana.
- 1896 - Shortest war in history fought between Britain and Zanzibar from 9:02 to 9:40 a.m.
- 1910 - Thomas Alva Edison demonstrates the Kinetophone, machine to record talking movies.
- 1916 - Rumania declares war on Austria/Hungary, WW1.
- 1955 - First copy of Guinness Book of World Records bound in England for publication.
- 1971 - First crossing of the Atlantic by speedboat.
- 1976 - Former doctor Richard Raskind, now female Renee Richards, barred from U.S. Open Tennis meet.
- 1979 - Lord Louis Mountbatten and two friends blown up in fishing boat in Donegal Bay, Ireland by IRA.
- 2003 - Leonardo's Madonna With the Yardwinder, stolen by 4 from Duke of Buccleuch's Drumlanrig Castle.
- 2008 - At the democratic convention in Denver, CO, Barack Obama becomes the first African American to be nominated for the Presidency of the USA.
Feast Day of Saint:
- Joseph Calasanz
- Caesarius of Arles
- 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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