August 11th History, Trivia and Fun Facts
August 11th History Highlights
The Watts Riots
The Watts Riots began on August 11, 1965, when African-American Marquette Frye was convicted of drunk driving and driving. Minikus was convinced that he was under the influence and ordered the impounding of his car. Because it was racially motivated violence by the minicabs, the mob turned violent, throwing rocks and other objects as they shouted at the police.
The Fryes’ arrest and Watts’ deterioration led to violent riots in the neighborhood, the first of its kind in Los Angeles. Six days of violence left 34 dead, caused property damage worth more than $40 million, and ended with more than 1,000 injured and more than 4,000 arrests.
August 11th is…
Middle Child Day
Presidential Joke Day
Raspberry Bombe Day
Son and Daughter Day
August 11th Birthday Quotes
” Nobody can do for little children what grandparents do. Grandparents sort of sprinkle stardust over the lives of little children.”
– Alex Haley
” I feel like I’m ready for any dangerous situation that might come my way, provided I have a hammer on me.”
” The easier it is to do something, the harder it is to change the way you do it.”
” The only time I’m not Hulk Hogan is when I’m behind closed doors because as soon as I walk out the front door, and somebody says hello to me, I can’t just say ‘hello’ like Terry. When they see me, they see the blond hair, the mustache, and the bald head, they instantly think Hulk Hogan.”
” One of the most fascinating lessons I’ve absorbed about life is that the struggle is good.”
August 11th Birthdays
1673 – Richard Mead, English physician, and astrologer (died in 1754)
1908 – Don Freeman, American author, and illustrator (died in 1978)
1915 – Morris Weiss, American comic book author, and illustrator (died in 2014)
1921 – Alex Haley, American historian and author (died in 1992)
1933 – Jerry Falwell, American minister and television host (died in 2007)
1949 – Eric Carmen, American singer-songwriter
1950 – Steve Wozniak, American computer scientist, and programmer, co-founded Apple Inc.
1953 – Hulk Hogan (Terry Bollea), American wrestler
1954 – Joe Jackson, English singer-songwriter
1962 – Brian Azzarello, American comic book author
1967 – Joe Rogan, American actor, comedian, and television host
1983 – Chris Hemsworth, Australian actor
August 11th History
3114 BC – The Mesoamerican Long Count calendar, used by several pre-Columbian Mesoamerican civilizations, began. This was the calendar that caused the Friday, December 21, 2012 fears.
1858 – The Eiger in the Bernese Alps was ascended for the first time by Charles Barrington, along with Christian Almer and Peter Bohren.
1929 – Babe Ruth became the first baseball player to hit 500 home runs in his career with a home run at League Park in Cleveland, Ohio.
1942 – Hedy Lamarr (actress) and George Antheil (musician) received a patent (#2,292,387) for a Frequency-hopping communication system which later became the basis for modern technologies like wireless telephones and Wi-Fi.
1962 – #1 Hit August 11, 1962 – August 24, 1962: Neil Sedaka – Breaking Up Is Hard to Do
1965 – The arrest of an accused drunk driver, Marquette Frye, escalated to become the Watts Riots in Los Angeles.
August 11, 1981 -Birthday (fictional) Ginny Weasley, Harry Potter
1982 – A bomb exploded on Pan Am Flight 830, en route from Tokyo, Japan to Honolulu, Hawaii, killing one teenager and injuring 15 passengers. Jordanian Mohammed Rashed placed the bomb, and the pilot was able to later land in Hawaii.
1984 – #1 Hit August 11, 1984 – August 30, 1984: Ray Parker, Jr. – Ghostbusters
1984 – “We begin bombing in five minutes” – US President Ronald Reagan joked while preparing to make his weekly Saturday address on National Public Radio.
1991 – Nickelodeon aired the first episodes of Doug, Rugrats and Ren & Stimpy
2007 – #1 Hit August 11, 2007 – September 7, 2007: Sean Kingston – Beautiful Girls
Today’s Random Trivia and Shower Thoughts
The ‘security’ number on the backs of credit cards is the easiest number to remember. #isntititironic #dontchathink
“Wait. You dropped your phony dog poo” … “What phony dog poo?” #moviequotes
Richard Burton – Real Name: Richard Jenkins
“Rosebud.” – Charles Foster Kane (Orson Welles) #moviequotes
The word OK looks like a sideways person. I’ve said OK my whole life and never noticed him.
A group of Foxes is called a Leash or Skulk or Earth or Lead or Troop.
Learning English is hard but it can be taught through tough thorough thought though.
If you don’t know whether to use ‘effect’ or ‘affect’, use ‘impact’. – Writer Tips
Lie, liar and lying all come from the same word, but are all spelled differently.
The word ‘night’ is a shortened version of ‘no light’. #ireadthatonline
30 years ago, I wonder how many people had ever uttered the words “My phone got stolen.”
A salesman gives you a deal. A great salesman makes you think you got a good deal.
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