This Month in History August

July 22nd, 2014


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You might be tired of brutal summer heat when August rolls around, but there are plenty of cool things that happen during the eighth month of the year.  On a hazy August afternoon, you can escape the blistering sun for a few hours to see one of the summer’s most highly anticipated films like Guardians of the Galaxy or Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  In addition to big blockbuster film releases, the month of August also marks celebrations of causes like Immunization Awareness, Spinal Muscular Atrophy Awareness, and Children’s Vision and Learning.  Since you’ve probably been chowing down on burgers and hot dogs since Memorial Day, why not take a break from these classics to enjoy a delicious grilled panini made with goat cheese to celebrate both National Goat Cheese Month and Panini Month.  August is also Get Ready for Kindergarten, and since you’re likely busy getting the kids ready to go back to school, you can get them back into the swing of learning by introducing them to the many historical events that have occurred during the month of August.

1: Francis Scott Key, the writer of the “Star Spangled Banner”, was born in Maryland in 1779. At 12:01 AM in 1981, “Video Killed the Radio Star” by the Buggles was streamed into households across the USA to mark the debut of MTV.

2: In 1923, Calvin Coolidge became president after the sudden death of President Warren G. Harding in San Francisco while on a speaking tour.

3: In 1492, Christopher Columbus set sail from Palos, Spain with three ships and hopes of reaching the Far East.

4: President Barack Obama was born in 1961 in Honolulu.In 1944, Anne Frank and her family were captured by Nazi forces after spending two years in hiding.

5: The first “Little Orphan Annie” comic strip was printed in the New York Daily News in 1924.  This cartoon by by Harold Gray was incredibly popular and inspired the hit Broadway musical and film, Annie.

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6: The United States became the first–and thus far only–nation to utilize nuclear weapons during wartime with an attack on the Japanese city of Hiroshima in 1945.

7: In 2003, Arnold Schwarzenegger announced that he would run for governor of California.  Barry Bonds broke Hank Aaron’s all-time career home run record in 2007 when he hit his 756th home run.

8: During World War II in 1945, Soviet Russia declared war on Japan and sent troops into Manchuria.

9: Betty Boop made her debut in a cartoon short entitled “Dizzy Dishes” in 1930.In 1979, President Richard Nixon resigned in the wake of the Watergate Scandal.

10: Missouri became the 24th state in 1821. Madonna, one of the groundbreaking ladies of the 80’s, set a record when “Like A Virgin” became the first album by a female artist to reach 5 million certified sales.

11: Babe Ruth hit his 500th home run in 1929, becoming the first person in Major League Baseball to do so.

12: In 1990, one of the largest and most well preserved Tyrannosaurus Rex specimens was uncovered in South Dakota by a paleontologist named Sue Hendrickson.

13: In 1961, the Berlin Wall was constructed to separate West Berlin from East Berlin and the surrounding area of East Germany.  The Wall became a major symbol of the Cold War.

14:  India and Pakistan gain independence from British rule in 1947.

15:  The legendary Woodstock Music Festival began in a field located in upstate New York in 1969.

16:  In 1977, King of Rock and Roll Elvis Presley suffered a heart attack and passed away at the age of 42 in his Memphis home.


17:  President Bill Clinton publicly acknowledged his inappropriate relationship with White House intern Monica Lewinsky in 1998.

18: In 1939 The Wizard of Oz, the timeless film that has captivated audiences for 75 years, premiered in New York City.

19:  The New York Post announced the discovery of gold in California in 1848, beginning the gold rush and extensive settling of California. In 2008, Lady Gaga released her debut album, “The Fame.”

20: Author H.P. Lovecraft, whose work has influenced the Steampunk genre, was born in 1890.


21: The tropical paradise of Hawaii became the 50th state in 1959.

22: Apparently a great day for art heists, the Mona Lisa was stolen from the Louvre on this day in 1911, and in 2005 The Scream and Madonna, two paintings by Edvard Munch were stolen from a museum in Norway.

23: In 1939, the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany signed a non-aggression treaty which allowed Stalin to invade Finland and Hitler to invade Poland, precipitating the beginning of World War II.

24: The city of Pompeii was destroyed and effectively frozen in time by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD.
In 2006, Pluto was downgraded from planet to “dwarf planet.”

25: Quirky American filmmaker Tim Burton, best known for producing The Nightmare Before Christmas and directing Beetlejuice, Batman, and Edward Scissorhands, was born in 1958.

men's batman costume26: In 1920, the 19th Amendment which guaranteed women the right to vote was officially adopted.

27: United States soldiers landed on Japanese soil after the surrender by the Japanese government.
Titanic became the first film to earn more than $600 million in North America in 1998.

28: In 1963, Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his famous “I Have A Dream” speech during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

29: King of Pop Michael Jackson was born in Gary, Indiana in 1958.

30: Author of Frankenstein, Mary Shelley, was born in London in 1797 to feminist philosopher Mary Wollstonecraft and writer and philosopher William Godwin.

31: Thomas Edison patented his movie camera, known as the kinetograph, in 1897.

Fall is just around the corner, which means Halloween is getting closer with every passing day.  Now is a great time to start thinking about this year’s costume so you’ll be ahead of the game when October rolls around.  You might find some inspiration in some of these historical events, like the premiere of The Wizard of Oz and cartoon icon Betty Boop, as well as the birthdays of Tim Burton and Michael Jackson.  You could also throw your own mini-Woodstock Music Festival complete with far out 1960′s costumes to commemorate the 45th anniversary of this historic musical event.  Whether you’re looking ahead to the Halloween season, or trying to find a unique way to enjoy the last lingering days of summer, Anytime Costumes offers a great selection of costumes and accessories to help you celebrate literally anytime.