August 9th History, Trivia and Fun Facts
August 9th History Highlights
August 9th is…
Book Lovers Day
Rice Pudding Day
August 9th Birthday Quotes
“Art is like singing. Some do it better than others, but everyone can and should be doing it for their soul.”
” There are a lot of people who will give money or materials, but very few who will give time and affection.”
“I think anytime you can affect people in general, in a positive way, then you’re a lucky individual.”
” There are two types of people: The ones who give you 50 reasons it can’t be done … and the ones who just do it.”
” I think the older I get, the more I realize that the ultimate luxury is time.”
” Sometimes I think, I need to think before I speak. And then other times I think, I shouldn’t leave the house or interact with people ever.”
August 9th Birthdays
1899 – P. L. Travers, Australian-English author (died in 1996)
1927 – Daniel Keyes, American short story writer, and novelist (died in 2014)
1943 – Ken Norton, American boxer (died in 2013)
1944 – Sam Elliott, American actor
1947 – Barbara Mason, American R&B/soul singer-songwriter
1957 – Melanie Griffith, American actress
1958 – Amanda Bearse, American comedic actress
1959 – Kurtis Blow, American rapper
1959 – Michael Kors, American fashion designer
1963 – Whitney Houston, American singer-songwriter and actress (died in 2012)
1964 – Hoda Kotb, American journalist and television personality
1968 – Eric Bana, Australian actor
1968 – McG, American director, and producer
1970 – Chris Cuomo, American lawyer, and journalist
1976 – Jessica Capshaw, American actress
1985 – Anna Kendrick, American actress
1991 – Alice Barlow, English actress
August 9th History
1483 – Opening of the restored Sistine Chapel in Rome. Renaissance painters Sandro Botticelli, Pietro Perugino, Pinturicchio, Domenico Ghirlandaio and Cosimo Roselli contributed. Michelangelo added his work on the ceiling in 1508-1512.
1854 – Henry David Thoreau published Walden or Life in the Woods.
1892 – Thomas Edison received a patent (#480,567) for a two-way telegraph.
1930 – Betty Boop made her cartoon debut in Dizzy Dishes.
1942 – Indian leader Mahatma Gandhi was arrested in Bombay by British forces, launching the Quit India Movement.
1944 – Nagasaki, Japan was decimated when an atomic bomb, Fat Man, was dropped by the United States B-29 Bock’s Car.
1969 – Followers of Charles Manson murdered pregnant actress Sharon Tate (wife of Roman Polanski), Abigail Folger, Wojciech Frykowski, Jay Sebring and Steven Parent. Leno and Rosemary LaBianca were killed by the same crew the following day.
1972 – East End Show – Jesus Christ Superstar (Musical) August 9, 1972
August 9, 1974 Birthday (fictional) Philip J. Fry, Futurama, TV
1975 – #1 Hit August 9, 1975 – August 22, 1975: Bee Gees – Jive Talkin’
2001 – Gomer Pyle, the fictional TV character, was made an honorary U.S. Marine and promoted to the rank of Lance Corporal by the Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps
2104 – Michael Brown, an 18-year-old African American male in Ferguson, Missouri, was shot and killed by a Ferguson police officer, sparking protests and unrest in the city.
Today’s Random Trivia and Shower Thoughts
“Most of us would rather risk a catastrophe than read the instructions.” – Mignon McLaughlin
We put a man on the moon before we put wheels on suitcases. What else are we missing out on?
“It isn’t what you have, or who you are, or where you are, or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about.” – Dale Carnegie
Abrams’s Advice: When eating an elephant, take one bite at a time.
There is a species of fungus called “Spongiforma squarepantsii” named after the character “SpongeBob SquarePants”.
“Give me liberty or… OOOooo… A jelly donut !” – Homer Simpson
“Mahatma” is a Sanskrit honorific, like “Saint”, and not the first name of *Mohandas* Gandhi.
BuzzBee the bee shills Honey Nut Cheerios cereal.
The only time I have ever heard somebody pronounce it potahto is while saying “potayto potahto”
The first fried dill pickle ever sold was at the Duchess Drive-In in Atkins, Arkansas, in 1963.
I wonder what the spooky girl from The Ring is doing these days since VHS is completely obsolete.
Lillian Gish – Real Name: Lillian Guiche
Almost every Villain in Batman could be called ‘One-Face’. Excluding Two-Face #batmanvillains
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