August 8 in Pop Culture History

August 8th Fun Facts, Trivia and History

August 8th History Highlights

  • August 8, 1953 Birthday (fictional) Samuel Beckett, Quantum Leap, TV
  • 1962 – Sabado Gigante premiered on Chilean television. It concluded in 2015.
  • 1963 – England’s Great Train Robbery, near Mentmore in Buckinghamshire, England, £2.6 million was stolen.
  • 1978 – featured the first appearance of “Odie” in the Garfield comic strip.
  • If you were born on August 8th,
    You were likely conceived the week of… November 15th (prior year)

August 8th is…

Dollar Day
Frozen Custard Day
Happiness Happens Day
Wear Your Mothers Jewelry Day.

August 8th Birthday Quotes

“What the public expects and what is healthy for an individual are two very different things.”
– Esther Williams

“My philosophy is very simple. To feel young, you must work as long as you can.”
– Dino De Laurentiis

“The lack of facts holds you back. The odds are stacked against a weak mind.”
– Kool Moe Dee

” Depressed, anxious, sad, frightened? Yes. But I’ve never been bored.”
– Dustin Hoffman

” It’s essential that a part of you not grow up. Childhood wonder gives us our spark and beauty.”
– Robin Quivers

August 8th Birthdays

1879 – Bob Smith, the American physician, and surgeon co-founded Alcoholics Anonymous (died in 1950)
1919 – Dino De Laurentiis, Italian actor, and producer (died in 2010)
1921 – Esther Williams, American swimmer, and actress (died in 2013)
1926 – Richard Anderson, American actor (died in 2017)
1930 – Terry Nation, Welsh-American author, and screenwriter (died in 1997)
1932 – Mel Tillis, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (died in 2017)
1933 – Joe Tex, American soul singer-songwriter (died in 1982)
1935 – Donald P. Bellisario, American director, producer and screenwriter
1937 – Dustin Hoffman, American actor
1938 – Connie Stevens, American actress
1947 – Larry Wilcox, American actor
1949 – Keith Carradine, American actor
1952 – Robin Quivers, American radio host/personality
1962 – Kool Moe Dee, American Hip Hop musician
1973 – Scott Stapp, American singer-songwriter
1976 – JC Chasez, American singer
1980 – Michael Urie, American actor

August 8th History

1786 – Mont Blanc on the French/Italian border was climbed for the first time by Jacques Balmat and Dr. Michel-Gabriel Paccard.

1786 – Congress established coinage of US money

1876 – Thomas Edison received a patent (#180,857) for his mimeograph (Autographic Printing).

1908 – Wilbur Wright made his first flight at a racecourse at Le Mans, France; the Wright Brothers’ first public flight.

1953 – #1 Hit August 8, 1953 – October 9, 1953: Les Paul and Mary Ford – Vaya Con Dios (May God Be With You)

August 8, 1953 Birthday (fictional) Samuel Beckett, Quantum Leap, TV

1960 – #1 Hit August 8, 1960 – August 14, 1960: Brian HylandItsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini

1963 – In England, a gang of 15 train robbers stole £2.6 million in banknotes in the Great Train Robbery. They were later caught.

1969 – At a ‘zebra crossing’ in London, photographer Iain Macmillan took one of the most famous photographs of all time, the cover of the Beatles album, Abbey Road.

1974 – President Richard Nixon, in a nationwide television address, announced his resignation from the office of the President of the United States, effective noon the next day.

1975 – Hank Williams, Jr. fell from a mountain in Montana, requiring reconstructive surgery to his face.

1987 – #1 Hit August 8, 1987 – August 21, 1987: U2I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For

1989 – STS-28 Mission: Space Shuttle Columbia took off on a secret five-day military mission. It landed at Edwards Air Force Base, California, on August 13. That’s all we know.

1991 – The Warsaw Radio Mast was the world’s tallest structure until its collapse today. It was 2,120 feet tall and was built 1970-1974.

1992 – #1 Hit August 8, 1992 – August 14, 1992: MadonnaThis Used To Be My Playground

#1 Hit August 8, 2020 – August 14, 2020: CardiganTaylor Swift

Today’s Random Trivia and Shower Thoughts

I love how we call it ‘Banana Bread ‘ to disguise the fact that we are eating cake for breakfast.

“I saw that! Brick killed a guy. Did you throw a trident?” – Ron Burgundy #moviequotes

A group of Frogs is called an Army or Colony or Knot.

Steve Carell’s real last name was “Caroselli”, but his father changed it.

Pteronophobia is the fear of being tickled by feathers.

No word in the English language rhymes with purple.

Either I’m getting older or the guy on the Quaker Oats box looks younger than he used to.

The working title for E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial was “A Boy’s Life”.

“Welcome to the island of misfit toys.” – Sam in The Perks of Being a Wallflower #moviequotes

In the Wonder Woman television show starring Lynda Carter, the ore used to make her bracelets were known as “Feminum”

Neuralizer – the hand-held flashing device used by the Men in Black that makes people forget things.

Katy Perry – Real Name: Katy Hudson

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