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Friday, August 15, 2014

see 1939 below....
  • 227th Day of the Year / 138 Remaining
  • Autumn Begins in 38 Days
  • Sunrise: 6:26
  • Sunset: 8:03
  • Moon Rise: 11:16pm
  • Moon Set: 12:07am
  • Moon’s Phase 77%, waning

Special Celebrations today...

  • Acadian Day - Canada
  • Anniversary of Liberation - North Korea
  • Assumption Day - too many countries to mention!
  • Constitution Day - Equatorial Guinea
  • Foundation of Old Panama - Panama
  • Hu nuco - Peru
  • Independence Day - Congo (Republic of), India
  • La Digue Festival – Seychelles
  • National Lemon Meringue Pie Day
  • St. Arnulph of Sossons' Day, patron of brewers.
  • Check the Chip Day
  • Men’s Grooming Day
  • National Relaxation Day
  • Best Friends Day

On this day in...

1057 - Macbeth, the King of Scotland, was killed by the son of King Duncan.

1848 - The dental chair was patented by M. Waldo Hanchett.

1877 - Thomas Edison wrote to the president of the Telegraph Company in Pittsburgh, PA. The letter stated that the word, "hello" would be a more appropriate greeting than "ahoy" when answering the telephone.

1911 - The product Crisco was introduced by Procter & Gamble Company.

1914 - The Panama Canal was officially opened to commercial traffic as an American ship sailed from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean.

1918 - Diplomatic ties between the U.S. and Russia were severed.

1935 - Will Rogers and Wiley Post were killed in an airplane crash in near Point Barrow, AK.

1939 - "The Wizard of Oz" premiered in Hollywood, CA.

1943 - Because of his special talent to use food scraps in both unusual and appetizing recipes, the U.S. War Department awarded Sgt. Edward Dzuba the Legion of Merit.

1944 - The Allied forces of World War II landed in southern France.

1945 - The Allies proclaimed V-J Day a day after Japan agreed to surrender unconditionally.

1947 - India became independent from Britain and was divided into the countries of India and Pakistan. India had been under British about 200 years.

1948 - The Republic of Korea was proclaimed.

1948 - CBS-TV inaugurated the first nightly news broadcast with anchorman Douglas Edwards.

1949 - In San Francisco, a stunt leap off the Golden Gate Bridge was performed for the first time.

1961 - East German workers began construction of the Berlin Wall.

1970 - Mrs. Pat Palinkas became the first woman to ‘play’ in a pro football game when she held the ball for the Orlando, FL, Panthers.

1971 - U.S. President Nixon announced a 90-day freeze on wages, rents and prices.

1983 - Six-month-old Lisa Harap of Queens Village, NY became the youngest identifiable living person to appear on a cover of "TIME" magazine.

1986 - The U.S. Senate approved a package of economic sanctions against South Africa. The ban included the importing of steel, uranium, textiles, coal, and produce from South Africa.

1992 - Vietnam blamed Hollywood for creating the "myth" concerning the issue of U.S. servicemen still being held prisoner in Indochina.

1994 - The U.S. Social Security Administration became an independent government agency. It had been a part of the Department of Health and Human Services agency.

1997 - The U.S. Justice Department decided not to prosecute FBI officials in connection with the deadly 1992 Ruby Ridge siege in Idaho. The investigation dealt with an alleged cover-up.

2000 - A group of 100 people from North Korea arrived in South Korea for temporary reunions with relatives they had not seen for half a century. Also, a group of 100 South Koreans visited the North.

2001 - Astronomers announced the discovery of the first solar system outside our own. They had discovered two planets orbiting a star in the Big Dipper.

Birthday celebrants today include (or included)...

Napoleon Bonaparte 1769
Sir Walter Scott 1771
Ethel Barrymore 1879
Edna Ferber 1887
T.E. Lawrence ("Lawrence of Arabia") 1888
Bill Baird 1904
Hugo Winterhalter 1909
Julia Child 1912
Wendy Hiller 1912
Huntz Hall 1919
Rose-Marie 1923
Robert Bolt 1924
Phyllis Schlafly 1924
Rose Maddox 1925
Mike Connors 1925
Oscar Peterson 1925
Bill Pinkney (The Drifters) 1925
Nicolas Roeg 1928
Janice Rule 1931
Abby Dalton 1932
Lori Nelson 1933
Bobby Helms 1933
Bobby Byrd 1934
Jim Dale 1935
Vernon Jordan 1935
Pat Priest 1936
Stephen Breyer 1938
Don Rich 1941
Pete York (Spencer Davis Group) 1942
Linda Ellerbee 1944
Jill Haworth 1945
Jimmy Webb 1946
Tom Johnston 1948 - Musician (Doobie Brothers)
Tess Harper 1950
Princess Anne (England) 1950
Larry Mathews 1955
Zeljko Ivanek 1957
Matt Johnson (The The) 1961
Debi Mazar 1964
Angela Rae (Wild Horses) 1966
MCA (The Beastie Boys) 1967
Debra Messing 1968
Anthony Anderson 1970
Ben Affleck 1972
Michael Graham (Boyzone) 1972
Natasha Henstridge 1974