This Month In History August

It is August 1st and that means it is time for another This Month In History.

These lists are always so fun to put together. I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I enjoy putting them together.

A stack of books and this month in history.

August In History

August 1

  • 1876 Colorado became the 38th State.
  • 1914 WWI began when Germany declared war on Russia.

August 2

  • 1934 Adolf Hitler became dictator of Germany.
  • 1990 Iraq invade Kuwait.

August 3

  • 1923 Calvin Coolidge was sworn in as the 30th U.S. President after the sudden death of President Warren G. Harding.
  • 1941 Martha Stewart was born.
  • 1949 The NBA, The National Basketball Association, was formed.

August 4

  • 1914 Britain declared war on Germany during WWI.
  • 1944 Anne Frank was arrested by Nazi police.
  • 1977 The Department of Energy was formed.

August 5

  • 1861 Abraham Lincoln signed the Revenue Act which imposed the Federal Income Tax.

August 6

  • 1911 Comedian and Actress Lucille Ball was born.
  • 1945 The U.S. dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima Japan during WWII.
  • 1962 Jamaica became independent after being part of the British Common Wealth for 307 years.

August 7

  • 1782 George Washington creates the Purple Heart, which was originally called the Badge of Military Merit.
  • 1789 The U.S. War Department was established by the U.S. Congress.

August 8

  • 1945 The Soviet Union declared war on Japan during WWII.
  • 1974 U.S. President Richard Nixon resigns. He was the first president to resign.

August 9

  • 1945 A second nuclear bomb was dropped on Japan by the U.S. Japan then surrendered, ending WWII.
  • 1974 Gerald Ford became the 39th U.S. President after Richard Nixon resigned.

August 10

  • 1821 Missouri became the 24th U.S. state.
  • 1846 The Smithsonian Institution was created.

August 11

  • 1934 The federal prison Alcatraz opened on Alcatraz Island off California.
  • 1992 Mall of America opened in Minnesota becoming the largest mall in the U.S.

August 12

  • 1908 The first Model T was built in Detroit, Michigan.
  • 1992 The U.S., Mexico, and Canada agree to NAFTA, the North American Free Trade Agreement.

August 13

  • 1899 Alfred Hitchock was born.
  • 1942 The Disney film Bambi premiered in New York.
  • 1961 Berlin Germany was divided into East Germany and West Germany when East German soldiers started laying down bricks and barbed wire to divide the countries.

August 14

  • 1917 China declared war on Germany and Austria during WWI.
  • 1935 President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the U.S. Social Society Act.

August 15

  • 1914 The Panama Canal opened.
  • 1947 India became independent from Britain forming India and Pakistan.
  • 1961 Construction began on the Berlin Wall

August 16

  • 1948 Baseball player Babe Ruth died.
  • 1977 Elvis Presley died.

August 17

  • 1786 Davy Crockett, American frontiersman, was born.
  • 1877 William Bonney, aka Billy the Kid, killed his first victim.

August 18

  • 1937 Actor Robert Redford was born.

August 19

  • 1919 Afghan declared independence from Great Britain.
  • 1946 William “Bill” Jefferson Clinton, the 42nd president of the United States, was born.

August 20

  • 1986 A U.S. Postal employee killed fourteen coworkers in Oklahoma.

August 21

  • 1959 Hawaii became the 50th U.S. state.

August 22

  • 1864 The International Red Cross was formed.
  • 1922 The shootings at Ruby Ridge happened on the second day of the standoff in Idaho.

August 23

  • 1914 Japan declared war against Germany entering WWI.

August 24

  • 1456 The first printing of the Gutenberg Bible was completed.
  • 1991 Ukraine declared its independence from the Soviet Union.

August 25

  • 1944 Paris, France was liberated from four years of occupation by Nazi Germany.
  • 1939 The movie Wizard of Oz was released.

August 26

  • 55 B.C. Britain was invaded by Roman forces under Julius Caesar
  • 1910: Mother Teresa, a nun who devoted her life to caring for the sick and poor, was born
  • 1935:  Geraldine Ferraro, the first women nominated for U.S. vice president, was born
  • 1939 The first televised major league baseball game is shown. It was between the Cincinnati Reds and the Brooklyn Dodgers.

August 27

  • 1859: The First successful oil well strike in Titusville, Pennsylvania
  • 1908: Lyndon B. Johnson, the 36th president of the United States, was born

August 28

  • 1862:  August 28th-30th The Second Battle of Bull Run (Second Battle of Manassas) a major Civil War Battle with an estimated 22,000 casualties was fought.
  • 1877: Charles Stewart Rolls, an auto manufacturer and co-founder of Rolls Royce was born

August 29

  • 1758: First Indian reservation was established in what would become the southern part of New Jersey
  • 1955: Michael Jackson, an American Pop singer, was born
  • 1958: Scott Hamilton, the American figure skater and Olympic gold medalist was born
  • 2005 Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast of the United States

August 30

  • 1967: Thurgood Marshall become the first African American to be confirmed to the Supreme Court

August 31

  • 1997: Princess Diana, Princess of Whales, died in a car crash.

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