August 8 in History
|August 8th is…
International Cat Day
National CBD Day
National Dollar Day
National Frozen Custard Day
Global Sleep Under The Stars Night
National Happiness Happens Day
Scottish Gin Day
National Sneak Some Zucchini Into Your Neighbor’s Porch Day
1786 – Mont Blanc on the French/Italian border was climbed for the first time by Jacques Balmat and Dr. Michel-Gabriel Paccard.
1786 – Coinage of US money was established by Congress
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.
#1 Hit August 8, 1953 – October 9, 1953: Les Paul and Mary Ford – Vaya Con Dios (May God Be With You)
1963 – In England, a gang of 15 train robbers stole £2.6 million in bank notes 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.
#1 Hit August 8, 1987 – August 21, 1987: U2 – I 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.
#1 Hit August 8, 1992 – August 14, 1992: Madonna – This Used To Be My Playground
#1 Hit August 8 – August 14: Cardigan – Taylor Swift