This Month Those Years

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Glimpses of all that took place "This Month Those Years" condensed aptly to suit your time & space. Know the past right...

They made history……

1 Christopher Columbus becomes the first European to visit South America on 1 August 1498.

2 On 25 August 1609 Galileo Galilei demonstrated his first telescope to Venetian lawmakers.

3 On 20 August 1858 Charles Darwin first published his theory of evolution through natural selection.

4Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly across the United States non-stop from Los Angeles to Newark, New Jersey on 24 August 1932.

5 Althea Gibson became the first black competitor in international tennis on 22 August 1950.

6 On 10 August 2003 Yuri Malenchenko became the first person to marry in space.

7 On 17 August 2008 American swimmer Michael Phelps became the first person to win eight gold medals in one Olympic Games.

Some firsts

1Tower Subway, the world's first underground tube railway, opened in London on 2 August 1870.

2 First automobile race took place on 19 August 1909 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

3 The first radio advertisement was broadcast on 29 August 1922 in New York City.

4Candid Camera made its television debut on 10 August 1948 after being on radio for a year as Candid Microphone.

5The Billboard Hot 100 was published for the first time on 4 August 1958.

6The Airbus A340 aircraft made its first flight on 25 August 1991.

7On 14 August 2010 the first-ever Youth Olympic Games was held in Singapore.


1Uruguay declares its independence from Brazil on 25 August 1825.

2On 14 August 1947 Pakistan gained independence from the British Empire.

3India gained Independence from the British Indian Empire on 15 August 1947.

4Jamaica became independent from the United Kingdom in 6 August 1962.

5On 31 August 1962 Trinidad and Tobago becomes independent.

6Singapore was expelled from Malaysia on 9 August 1965 and becomes the first and only country to date to gain independence unwillingly.

7On 27 August 1991 Moldova declared itself independent from the USSR and Ukraine did so the next day.

When nature went awry

1On 3 August 1783 , Mount Asama erupted in Japan killing 35,000 people.

2Major hurricane struck Martinique in the Caribbean Sea on 18 August 1891 leaving 700 dead.

3A typhoon hit Shantou, Republic of China killing more than 50,000 people on 2 August 1922.

4On 15 August 1952 , a flash flood drenched the town of Lynmouth, England killing 34 people.

5Carbon dioxide gas erupted from volcanic Lake Nyos in Cameroon on 21 August 1986 killing up to 1,800 people within a 20-kilometer range.

6A solar flare from the Sun created a geomagnetic storm that affects micro chips leading to a halt of all trading on Toronto's stock market on 16 August 1989.

7A 7.4-magnitude earthquake struck Izmit, Turkey on 17 August 1999 killing more than 17,000 and injuring 44,000.

Business Buzz

1The Goodyear tire company was founded on 29 August 1898.

2On 3 August 1900 the Firestone Tire & Rubber Company was founded.

322 August 1902 Cadillac Motor Company was founded.

4Bayerische Motoren Werke AG (BMW) was established in Germany on 13 August 1918.

5On 28 August 1937 Toyota Motors became an independent company.

6Adidas acquired Reebok on 3 August 2005.

7Oracle Corporation acquired i-flex for $909 million on 3 August 2005.

This changed the world

1On 1 August 1800 the Kingdom of Great Britain and the Kingdom of Ireland merged into the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.

2Caleb Bradham invented the carbonated soft drink on 27 August 1898 that would later be called "Pepsi-Cola".

3Albert Einstein and Leó Szilárd wrote a letter to Franklin D. Roosevelt, on 2 August 1939 , urging him to begin the project to develop a nuclear weapon.

4MTV began broadcasting in the United States on 1 August 1981.

5On 12 August 1981 the IBM Personal Computer was released.

6Iraq invaded Kuwait on 2 August 1990 which eventually led to the Gulf War.

7Linus Torvalds announced the first version of what would become Linux on 25 August 1991.

Steps of science

1Michael Faraday discovered electromagnetic induction on 29 August 1831.

2On 8 August 1876 Thomas Edison received a patent for his mimeograph.

3On 31 August 1897 Thomas Edison obtained a patent for the Kinetoscope, the first movie projector.

4Thomas Edison received a patent for the motion picture camera on 24 August 1891.

5On 8 August 1892 Thomas Edison received a patent for a two-way telegraph.

6The positron (antiparticle of the electron) was discovered by Carl D. Andersono 2 August 1932.

7The first Compact Discs (CDs) were released on 17 August 1982 to the public in Germany.

A little of this and that

1The signing of the United States Declaration of Independence took place on 2 August 1776.

2On 14 August 1893 France became the first country to introduce motor vehicle registration.

3The 19th amendment to United States Constitution took effect on 26 august 1920 giving women the right to vote.

4Harry Houdini performed his greatest feat on 6 August 1926 spending 91 minutes underwater in a sealed tank before escaping.

5Nelson Mandela was jailed on 2 August 1962 . He would not be released until 1990.

6On 30 August 1963 the Hotline between the leaders of the U.S.A. and the Soviet Union went into operation.

7On 29 August 1966 the Beatles performed their last concert before at Candlestick Park in San Francisco.


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