August 24th History, Trivia and Fun Facts
August 24th History Highlights
August 24th is…
Peach Pie Day
Pluto Demoted Day
August 24th Birthday Quotes
“Just take your time – wave comes. Let the other guys go, catch another one.”
” An artist’s job is to articulate what might otherwise be incoherent.”
“Get in the game. Do the best you can. Try to make a contribution. Learn from today. Apply it to tomorrow.”
” I’m not afraid of failing. I don’t like to fail. I hate to fail. But I’m not afraid of it.”
” You can do anything if you set your mind to it. Look out for kids, help them dream, and be inspired. We teach calculus in schools, but I believe the most important formula is courage plus dreams equals success.”
“I’m famous today. People like me today. Might not like me tomorrow. You can’t count on it.”
August 24th Birthdays
1890 – Duke Kahanamoku, American swimmer, actor and surfer (died in 1968)
1905 – Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (died in 1974)
1924 – Louis Teicher, American pianist (Ferrante & Teicher) (died in 2008)
1926 – Nancy Spero, American painter, and academic (died in 2009)
1929 – Yasser Arafat, Egyptian-Palestinian politician, 1st President of the Palestinian National Authority (died in 2004)
1934 – Kenny Baker, English actor, R2-D2 (died in 2016)
1938 – Mason Williams, American guitarist, and composer
1942 – Jimmy Soul, American pop-soul singer (died in 1988)
1945 – Vince McMahon, American wrestler, promoter, co-founded WWE
1949 – Charles Rocket, American actor (died in 2005)
1955 – Mike Huckabee, American minister, and politician
1957 – Stephen Fry, English actor, journalist, and screenwriter
1960 – Cal Ripken, Jr., American baseball player
1965 – Marlee Matlin, American actress
1973 – Dave Chappelle, American comedian, and actor
1977 – John Green, American author, and vlogger
1981 – Chad Michael Murray, American model, and actor
1988 – Rupert Grint, English actor
1995 – Lady Amelia Windsor, member of the British royal family
August 24th History
79 (Volcano Eruption) Mount Vesuvius erupted. The cities of Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Stabiae were buried in volcanic ash, although some scholars believe it was October 24th. Pop/Rock band Bastille wrote a song about the event in 2013.
1215 – Pope Innocent III declared Magna Carta invalid.
1456 – The printing of the Gutenberg Bible was completed.
1635 – Great Colonial Hurricane of 1635, Colonial USA
1662 – The Act of Uniformity requires England to accept the Book of Common Prayer.
1682 – William Penn received the area that is now the state of Delaware, and added it to his colony of Pennsylvania.
1690 – Job Charnock of the East India Company establishes a factory in Calcutta, essentially founding the city.
1875 – Navy Captain Matthew Webb began his swim as the first person to swim the English Channel without a life preserver
1891 – Thomas Edison applied for his patent (#589,168) the motion picture projector (kinetograph). It was approved on August 31.
1932 – Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly across the United States non-stop, from Los Angeles to Newark, New Jersey.
1959 – #1 Hit August 24, 1959 – September 20, 1959: The Browns – The Three Bells
August 24, 1960 Birthday (fictional) Tony Soprano, The Sopranos, TV
1974 – #1 Hit August 24, 1974 – September 13, 1974: Paul Anka and Odia Coates – (You’re) Having My Baby
1979 – The Facts of Life premiered on NBC.
1985 – #1 Hit August 24, 1985 – September 6, 1985: Huey Lewis and the News – The Power of Love
1989 – Pete Rose was banned from baseball for life.
August 24, 1995 – Microsoft Windows 95 was released.
1998 – First radio-frequency identification (RFID) human implantation was tested in the United Kingdom.
Today’s Random Trivia and Shower Thoughts
“Besame, Besame mucho.” #songlyrics
All known elements are created from helium and hydrogen inside a star with a process called nucleosynthesis.
In the “Fifth Element”, the hero (Corbin) and the villain (Zorg) never meet each other. They never even know that the other exists.
“If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice” – #songlyrics
The first movie ever given the title ‘Blockbuster’ was ‘Jaws.’
“Start every day off with a smile and get it over with.” – W. C. Fields
Having a creative password is really unfortunate. Because as much as you want to, you can’t tell anyone about it.
A group of Wombats is called a Wisdom.
When you’re outside your comfort zone often enough, that becomes your comfort zone – and that’s how you grow and thrive.
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