August 7th History, Trivia and Fun Facts
August 7th History Highlights
August 7th is…
Professional Speakers Day
Raspberries & Cream Day
August 7th Birthday Quotes
“You can make sounds and music out of pretty much anything with a little imagination and putting your mind to it!”
” I’m a big advocate of freedom: freedom of speech, freedom of expression, freedom of thought.”
” I am a woman who enjoys herself very much; sometimes I lose, sometimes I win.”
” Age is of no importance unless you are a cheese.”
” You get old and you realize there are no answers, just stories.”
“Whatever road you’ve been given, enjoy that road.”
August 7th Birthdays
1876 – Mata Hari, Dutch dancer, and spy (died in 1917)
1884 – Billie Burke, American actress, and singer (died in 1970)
1890 – Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, American author, and activist (died in 1964)
1926 – Stan Freberg, American puppeteer and voice actor (died in 2015)
1942 – Garrison Keillor, American humorist, and radio host
1942 – B.J. Thomas, American singer
1955 – Wayne Knight, American actor
1960 – David Duchovny, American actor
1966 – Jimmy Wales, American businessman, co-founder of Wikipedia
1971 – Rachel York, American actress
1977 – Samantha Ronson, English DJ
1982 – Abbie Cornish, Australian actress
August 7th History
1782 – George Washington ordered the creation of the Badge of Military Merit to honor soldiers wounded in battle. It was later renamed the Purple Heart.
1909 – Alice Huyler Ramsey and three other women became the first women to complete a transcontinental automobile trip, taking 59 days to travel from New York, New York to San Francisco, California. Alice drove the whole trip.
1930 – Thomas Shipp and Abram Smith, two accused African-American criminals were taken from jail by a mob and lynched. Lawrence Beitler took a picture of the mob and bodies, inspiring Abel Meeropol to write a poem, “Bitter Fruit.” It was later rephrased as “Strange Fruit” and recorded by Billie Holiday.
1944 – IBM announced the first program-controlled calculator, the Automatic Sequence Controlled Calculator, known best as the Harvard Mark I. It used 765,000 components and hundreds of miles of wire and weighed about 5 tons.
1954 – #1 Hit August 7, 1954 – September 24, 1954: The Crew-Cuts – Sh-Boom
1955 – Tokyo Telecommunications Engineering (became Sony in 1958) sold its first transistor radios in Japan.
1959 – The Lincoln Memorial design on the U.S. penny went into circulation. It replaced the “wheat” design and was minted until 2008.
1959 – Explorer 6 launches from the Atlantic Missile Range in Cape Canaveral, Florida. The satellite fell back to Earth on July 1, 1961
1971 – #1 Hit August 7, 1971 – September 3, 1971: Bee Gees – How Can You Mend a Broken Heart
1974 – Philippe Petit walked an illegal tightrope between the twin towers of the World Trade Center.
1975 (Typhoon) Nina, China
1976 – #1 Hit August 7, 1976 – September 3, 1976: Elton John and Kiki Dee – Don’t Go Breaking My Heart
1976 – Viking 2 entered orbit around Mars. The lander went onto the Mars surface on September 3,
1976, and took pictures and analyzed soil samples until July 1980.
1978 – The US Government made funds available to offer federal assistance for the Love Canal Disaster
1992 – Growing Pains actress Tracy Gold was hospitalized for anorexia and is written out of most of the final episodes for the series
2004 – #1 Hit August 7, 2004 – August 20, 2004: Juvenile featuring Soulja Slim – Slow Motion
Today’s Random Trivia and Shower Thoughts
“When someone is attacking you, they are coming to you for advice.” – Bryant McGill
If I had a twin that was five minutes younger than me, I would constantly remind him about the things I did when I was his age.
Think of one of your friends. Chances are, that person is on their phone right now.
People in 2100 are going to look back at us like we look back at the people who we look at in the early 1900s.
The first episode for Wile E. Coyote and The Road Runner was called ‘Fast and Furry-ous’.
“a password that includes the current year becomes stronger as each year passes” – #modernproverb
James Madison was on the $5,000 bill.
Cheeto dust has an official name – “cheetle”.
The US Navy diving manual has detailed instructions for escaping a giant clam.
The seven spikes on Lady Liberty’s crown represent the seven continents.
Gatorade was named after the University of Florida’s college football team – the Gators.
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