Saturday, August 8, 2009

August 8 - Happy Birthday, Mama - And Other Stuff

Mama
August 8, 1901 - October 18, 1986

In addition to my mother being born on this date, I discovered, through Internet research, that a great many historical events occurred on August 8, some of which may be of interest to you, and others not at all:

870 - Kings Charles the Bare & Louis the German divide Lutherans (I wonder where King Charles was bare?)
Post-publication note: I knew somewhere in the back of my brain that the above mentioned kings did not divide the Lutherans, which if I am correct, did not exist at the time. Further research on my own (rather than just picking up a list of historical dates from the internet) reveals that it was King Charles the Bald, and he and his (turns out) half-brother, Louis, divided Lotharingia, not the Lutherans! -- So, I guess, Charles the (not) Bare, was bare on the top of his head.

1502 - Jacobus IV of Scotland marries Margaretha Tudor (so.. that was the beginning of all that flowery embroidery, Jacobean tapestries and other stuff)

1585 - John Davis enters Cumberland Sound in search of the Northwest Passage (also see this date in 1794)

1588 - Sea battle at Grevelingen: English fleet battles Spanish armada

1673 - Dutch battle fleet of 23 ships demands surrender of NYC (didn't get it though, did they?)
1709 - 1st known ascent in hot-air balloon, Bartolomeu de Gusmao (indoors)

1786 - Congress adopts silver dollar & decimal system of money

1794 - Joseph Whidbey and George Vancouver lead an expedition to search for the Northwest Passage near Juneau, Alaska.

1815 - Napoleon Bonaparte set sail for exile on St Helena

1844 - Brigham Young chosen Mormon Church head following Joseph Smith death

1854 - Smith & Wesson patents metal bullet cartridges

1863 - American Civil War: Tennessee's "military" Governor Andrew Johnson frees his personal slaves. During the early 20th century, the day was celebrated by blacks in Tennessee as a holiday.

1864 - Red Cross forms in Geneva

1864 - Union troops/fleet occupy Fort Gaines, Alabama

1876 - Thomas Edison patents mimeograph

1882 - Snow falls on Lake Michigan

1890 - Daughters of American Revolution organizes

1901 - Pat- Arkansas's mother is born in Temple, TX (I didn't find this on the Internet, I already knew it)

1911 - The millionth patent is filed in the United States Patent Office by Francis Holton for a tubeless vehicle tire.

1929 - German airship Graf Zeppelin begins a round-the-world flight

1940 - Battle of Britain began as Germany launches air attacks

1945 - Pres Harry S Truman signs UN Charter

1950 - Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins LPGA All-American Golf Open

1960 - "Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikini" hits #1 (I'll bet you know the tune, don't you?)

1963 - Great Train Robbery in England, £2.6 million ($7.3 million)

1968 - Republican convention in Miami Beach nominates Nixon for pres (see next entry)

1974 - Pres Richard M Nixon announces he'll resign his office 12PM Aug 9

1974
- Pat-Arkansas plants a crepe myrtle tree in her mother's front yard in celebration of her birthday (this one didn't come from the Internet, either.)

1988 - Temperature hits high of 88 on 8/8/88 in NYC

2000 - Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley is raised to the surface after 136 years on the ocean floor.

2007 - An EF2 tornado touches down in Kings County and Richmond County, New York State, the most powerful tornado in New York to date and the first in Brooklyn since 1889.

WHO KNOWS WHAT MAY HAPPEN TODAY?

18 comments:

rhymeswithplague said...

Very interesting! I didn't know Thomas Edison invented the mimeograph. Or most (any) of your "other stuff" either.

Charles the Bare and Louis the German - priceless!

My mother's dates are April 10, 1910 - October 4, 1957.

This was definitely "my kind of post"!

Now I have that danged song stuck in my head.

rhymeswithplague said...

*waving hand furiously* I do! I do! Sonia Sotomayor will be sworn in as the first Hispanic, third woman, and 111th justice to serve on the U. S. Supreme Court.

jinksy said...

Had to smile - I started work with the Inland Revenue on 8/8/88 - but you wouldn't find that on the internet, either!

Moannie said...

All very interesting facts, Pat...but the one that caught my eye was The Great Train Robbery of 1963. Ronald Biggs, one of the robbers escaped to Brazil where he lived for thirty odd years, he finally returned thinking he would be pardoned but was sent to prison. Yesterday he was released and is now a free man...aged 80, and very ill in hospital.

NitWit1 said...

I see we sort of have a "Texas" connection.

My biological mother was a Texan. My Mother was a transplanted Kansan, but grew up in Texas and married a Texan.

I like the Charles the Bare...hmmm you might follow up on that for a blog sometime....Reckon it would go with the Naked Ladies...maybe. <:~)>

Jackie said...

Your Mother is beautiful. I'm sure that she smiles down from heaven and knows the love you have for her is a forever one.
Love,
Jackie

Patty said...

Interesting post. Yes, wonder what may happen on today the 8th of Aug. Day isn't over yet.

Snap said...

"1901 - Pat- Arkansas's mother is born in Temple, TX (I didn't find this on the Internet, I already knew it)" You are too funny. Did you think we wouldn't read the post? !!! :D :D :D You were testing us!

NitWit1 said...

HA HA well if he was bald, he was bare of hair. If we keep this up we'l have some poetry... or lyrics or maybe a limerick.

Having always lived in a democracy, it amazes me how kings have influenced various religions throughout history.

NitWit1 said...

HA HA well if he was bald, he was bare of hair. If we keep this up we'l have some poetry... or lyrics or maybe a limerick.

Having always lived in a democracy, it amazes me how kings have influenced various religions throughout history.

afeatheradrift said...

I bet that was amazing to think of your mother in context of world events, especially after her birth.

I read your stories about the hospital and well, and enjoyed them. Blessings dear Pat.

Wanda said...

My oldest son is always doing time lines for different things or people...puts things in perspective and can be very interesting. Lovely photo of your mother!

Arkansas Patti said...

What a great day for history. Learned a bunch.
My niece Kelly was born 8-8-68. She is a dandy. Guess 8-8 is very lucky.

Titania said...

Hi Pat, really enjoyed reading about all the happenings at that special day when your mother was born. I do remember the itsi bitsi teeny weeny...Your mother was very beautiful a very interesting face. Lovely the memories. I think a lot of my mother; she was born on the
8Th of April 1910.

Ruth Hull Chatlien said...

I love your mother's photo.

The first night game at Wrigley Field (which was without lights for many decades) was supposed to be 8-8-88, but it was rained out. More trivia.

MedaM said...

This is really beautiful old photo and your mother was beautiful lady. August 8 is also one of my special days. I got married just on that date 28 years ago. :-)

Andrew said...

This is really beautiful old photo and your mother was beautiful lady.


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George said...

Thanks for a very interesting post -- I enjoyed your historical trivia and I'm happy to say I knew some of it. To add to your list, on August 8, 2009, Betsy went wireless for the first time with her new laptop.