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LIB,MR BEARS said:

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August 13:

1521: Hernan Cortes conquered the Aztec capital.

1961: East Germans began construction of the Berlin Wall.

1981: Pres. Reagan signed into law the first series of tax cuts of his administration. This helped to usher in economic recovery and eventual boom throughout the 1980s.

1995: Death of Mickey Mantle.

I was still a couple years away from being born but, 1961 had to have been some very tense times.
I suppose so: April was Bay or Pigs, May was JFK's disastrous meeting with Khrushchev in Vienna. Soon after, he decided to send nukes to Cuba resulting in the Missile Crisis of October 1962--the most dangerous one of the Cold War.
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LIB,MR BEARS said:

historian said:

August 13:

1521: Hernan Cortes conquered the Aztec capital.

1961: East Germans began construction of the Berlin Wall.

1981: Pres. Reagan signed into law the first series of tax cuts of his administration. This helped to usher in economic recovery and eventual boom throughout the 1980s.

1995: Death of Mickey Mantle.

I was still a couple years away from being born but, 1961 had to have been some very tense times.
If you ever managed to take Journalism 1301 (aka "Travels with Loyal Gould") during the late 70s/ early 80s, he told lots of stories about being Berlin bureau chief for either AP or NBC (don't remember which) during construction of the wall.
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August 14:

1784: Russians settled Alaska.

1935: FDR signed Social Security Act into law.

1994: Terrorist Carlos the Jackal captured.
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August 14, 1945

Steve Martin is born in Waco, Texas!

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Yogi said:

August 14, 1945

Steve Martin is born in Waco, Texas!


Thats some wild and crazy history.
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August 15:

1057: King Macbeth killed by Malcolm Canmore

1914: Panama Canal opened to traffic

1945: Emperor Hirohito announced Japan's surrender to the Allies over the radio. For most Japanese, it was the first time they had heard his voice.

1947: Pakistan and India won their independence from the British Empire.

1969: beginning of Woodstock festival
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August 15, 1620 - the Mayflower sets sail from Southampton with 102 pilgrims onboard
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MrGolfguy said:

August 15, 1620 - the Mayflower sets sail from Southampton with 102 pilgrims onboard

Maybe the first time, with the Speedwell, but they were forced to turn around when the Speedwell proved unseaworthy. The actual departure was in September.
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Lol correct, mr. Smarty
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LOL
No, just a real historian.
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So true.
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Just think, the Mayflower Madam could have been the Speedwell Madam if not for a leaky dick, uh deck.

Actually, once at sea, Captain Brody assessed the situation and declared, 'We're going to need a bigger boat' and returned to port.

Also, once safely on shore at Plymouth Rock a few of the teenagers engaged in 'boy talk' while exploring Nantucket Island and the limerick was born.
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August 16:

1812: The U.S. surrendered Fort Detroit to the British during the War of 1812.

1896: Gold was discovered in the Yukon.

1948: Death of Babe Ruth.

1976: Death of Elvis Presley.
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historian said:

August 15:

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1976: Death of Elvis Presley.



Actually it was August 16, 1977. Unless he truly went underground as a gas station attendant in Flint MI.
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August 17:

1786: Death of Frederick the Great

1943: Gen. George Patton & U.S. 7th Army arrived in Messina.

1987: Death of Rudolf Hess, last top Nazi.

1998: Pres. Bill Clinton testified before a grand jury and lied.
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August 18:

1227: death of Genghis Khan

1590: John White, governor of the Roanoke Colony in modern North Carolina returned to find the place deserted.

1795: Pres. George Washington signed the Jay Treaty between the U.S. & Great Britain. It was extremely unpopular because the U.S. gained little but it did keep the peace at a time when the young nation was precariously weak.

1920: 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified granting women the right to vote

1941: Hitler suspended the T4 euthanasia program because of a public outcry. In reality, it only became more secret and was moved to the concentration camps where it eventually became part of the Holocaust.

1991: attempted coup against Mikhail Gorbachev
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historian said:

August 18:

1227: death of Genghis Khan

1590: John White, governor of the Roanoke Colony in modern North Carolina returned to find the place deserted.

1795: Pres. George Washington signed the Jay Treaty between the U.S. & Great Britain. It was extremely unpopular because the U.S. gained little but it did keep the peace at a time when the young nation was precariously weak.

1920: 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified granting women the right to vote

1941: Hitler suspended the T4 euthanasia program because of a public outcry. In reality, it only became more secret and was moved to the concentration camps where it eventually became part of the Holocaust.

1991: attempted coup against Mikhail Gorbachev

WOW. This is a big day throughout many, many years.
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I was thinking the same thing. There have been other days like that (March 15, for example) but this is a really dramatic example.
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August 19: (another busy day)

1812: The U.S.S. Constitution earned its nickname, "Old Ironsides", in a battle with the R.M.S. Guerriere as cannonballs bounced off its sides.

1895: Notorious outlaw John Wesley Hartin was shot and killed in El Paso.

1909: First race held in the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

1934: Chancellor Adolf Hitler took advantage of the death of Pres. Paul von Hindenburg to assume that office as well, further enshrining his dictatorial rule over Germany.

1953: The government of Iran is overthrown by Reza Pahlavi, aided by the CIA. The Shah himself would be overthrown in the 1979 revolution.

1960: American pilot Francis Gary Powers was sentenced by a Soviet court for his spying activities when his U-2 plane was shot down on May 1.
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August 20th

1866- President Andrew Jackson formally declares the Civil War over

1940 - Leon Trotsky is assassinated in Mexico City

1955- 1st plane to exceed 1800 mph

1977- Voyager 2 launched for fly-by of Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune, and Uranus
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Probably had to make a few passes to get the whole thing in the picture...
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August 20:

1619: First black Africans arrive in Virginia. They were sold to the American colonists but treated as indentured servants meaning that they could eventually obtain their freedom, and some did.

1920: Professional football began as Jim Thorpe and a few others organized the American Professional Football Conference.

1940: Trotsky assassinated in Mexico City, probably under the orders of Stalin.

1968: Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia to crush the "Prague Spring" reform movement. True to form, communist dictator Leonid Brezhnev preferred socialist purity in misery to any changes, even "communism with a human face."

1982: U.S. Marines arrived in Beirut. Pres. Reagan sent them but later regretted this decision.
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1886: the thriving port town of Indianola TX , after being rebuilt after a hurricane in 1775 is wiped out by another hurricane. A year later, a yellow fever outbreak hits the area.
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August 21:

1831: Infamous Nat Turner rebellion in remote Virginia began. The deadliest and most famous of the slave rebellions in U.S. history, Turner and his rebels slaughtered dozens of whites, men, women, & children.

1858: First of several debates between Democrat Stephen A. Douglas and Republican Abraham Lincoln for Douglas's U.S. Senate seat. These debates highlighted the issues of the day: slavery, the expansion of slavery, the Kansas-Nebraska Act passed a few years earlier under Douglas's leadership, popular sovereignty, etc. They also propelled Lincoln to the national spotlight and ultimately the presidency.

1944: Meeting between representatives of U.S., Great Britain, the Soviet Union, & China at Dumbarton Oaks laid the foundations for the creation of the United Nations after WWII.

1959: Hawaii became the 50th state.

1991: The Soviet hardliners' attempted coup against Mikhail Gorbachev collapsed.

2004: Michael Phelps won his 8th gold medal.
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August 22nd:

1851 - Gold fields are discovered in Australia

1864 - Geneva Convention is signed by 12 nations

2007 - Texas Rangers beat the Orioles in Baltimore by the score 30-3
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August 22:

1485: Battle of Bosworth Field: Henry Tudor defeated & killed King Richard III in the last major battle of the Wars of the Roses. He became Henry VII, father of Henry VIII.

1864: International Red Cross established.

1922: Michael Collins was assassinated.

1989: Nolan Ryan pitched his 5,000th strikeout.

1992: Ruby Ridge shootings.
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historian said:

August 22:

1485: Battle of Bosworth Field: Henry Tudor defeated & killed King Richard III in the last major battle of the Wars of the Roses. He became Henry VII, father of Henry VIII.



This date was after the trade deadline, which meant Richard was unable to trade his kingdom for a horse without clearing waivers first.
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whitetrash said:

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August 22:

1485: Battle of Bosworth Field: Henry Tudor defeated & killed King Richard III in the last major battle of the Wars of the Roses. He became Henry VII, father of Henry VIII.



This date was after the trade deadline, which meant Richard was unable to trade his kingdom for a horse without clearing waivers first.
Shakespeare may have taken some liberties!

I was tempted to include that line, but I it is inaccurate.
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August 23:

1814: During the War of 1812, First Lady Dolley Madison saved a famous portrait of George Washington from the British who were preparing to burn Washington, D.C.

1926: Rudolph Valentino died.

1927: Nicola Sacco & Bartolomeo Vanzetti were executed for robbery & murder a few years earlier. Some doubted the legitimacy of their trial.

1939: The Nazi-Soviet Nonaggression Pact was signed, paving the way for WWII. In essence, Hitler & Stalin formed an alliance to divide eastern Europe between them.
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August 24:

79: Mt. Vesuvius erupted, destroying Pompeii and Herculaneum.

1572: St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre: many thousands of Huguenots were slaughtered in France.

1814: British soldiers occupying Washington, D.C. burned the White House.

1821: Mexico won her independence from Spain.
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August 25:

325: End of the Council of Nicaea.

1944: Paris was liberated from German occupation.
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August 26:

1346: Battle of Crecy during the Hundred Years War.

1794: Pres. George Washington demonstrated his leadership with his decisive response to the Whiskey Rebellion.

1914: Beginning of the Battle of Tannenburg during WWI.

1968: Chicago riots during the Democratic National Convention.
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Is there a reason you are posting a day in advance historian?
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