Usually I write my ‘Last Week In Life’ post detailing what happened in history and the current news the previous week. August is going to be a tad bit busy. I didn’t want to delay my week in review a few weeks so I thought I would gather all my history for the whole month of August and the few days surrounding it and compile it in This Month in Life. When I get to the end of the month I’ll take a look back and post Last Month in Life.
Don’t think I’ll do this every month, but hey its something different. It’s a tad bit long. But hey you’ll know what saint’s feast days are coming and what day Bible in a year is on and some interesting historical trivia. I could have chosen more cool history to include but then it would have been much longer. I could have chosen less history then I would have left out some rather interesting stuff. I could have broken this up, but wanted to try and gather 1 month instead of 1 week for a change.
Regardless and without further ado, here is what is going to happen…
This Month In Life.
Note: This post is subject to change and updates.
Monday July 31, 2023
Saint Ignatius of Loyola, priest – Memorial
National Avocado Day
- 1941 – The Holocaust: Under instructions from Adolf Hitler, Nazi official Hermann Göring orders SS General Reinhard Heydrich to “submit to me as soon as possible a general plan of the administrative material and financial measures necessary for carrying out the desired Final Solution of the Jewish question.”
- 1971 – Apollo program: the Apollo 15 astronauts become the first to ride in a lunar rover.
August: Month 8
Tuesday August 1, 2023
Saint Alphonsus Maria de Liguori, bishop and doctor of the Church – Memorial
- 1498 – Christopher Columbus becomes the first European to visit what is now Venezuela.
- 1834 – Slavery is abolished in the British Empire as the Slavery Abolition Act 1833 comes into force, although it remains legal in the possessions of the East India Company until the passage of the Indian Slavery Act, 1843.
- 1876 – Colorado is admitted as the 38th U.S. state.
- 1893 – Henry Perky patents shredded wheat.
- 1936 – The Olympics opened in Berlin with a ceremony presided over by Adolf Hitler.
- 1965 – Frank Herbert‘s novel, Dune was published for the first time. It was named as the world’s best-selling science fiction novel in 2003.
Wednesday August 2, 2023
- 1610 – During Henry Hudson‘s search for the Northwest Passage, he sails into what is now known as Hudson Bay.
- 1776 – The signing of the United States Declaration of Independence took place.
- 1923 – Vice President Calvin Coolidge becomes U.S. President upon the death of President Warren G. Harding.
- 1939 – Albert Einstein and Leo Szilard write a letter to Franklin D. Roosevelt, urging him to begin the Manhattan Project to develop a nuclear weapon.
Thursday August 3, 2023
NATIONAL CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE DAY –The Chocolate Chip Cookie was developed in 1938 by Ruth Graves Wakefield.
- 1852 – Harvard University wins the first Boat Race between Yale University and Harvard. The race is also known as the first ever American intercollegiate athletic event.
- 1936 – Jesse Owens wins the 100 metre dash, defeating Ralph Metcalfe, at the Berlin Olympics.
- 1946 – Santa Claus Land, the world’s first themed amusement park, opens in Santa Claus, Indiana, United States.
Ronald Reagan and Santa-Source: Wikipedia
Friday August 4, 2023
Saint Jean Vianney (the Curé of Ars), priest – Memorial
- 1821 – The Saturday Evening Post is published for the first time as a weekly newspaper.
- 1944 – The Holocaust: A tip from a Dutch informer leads the Gestapo to a sealed-off area in an Amsterdam warehouse, where they find and arrest Jewish diarist Anne Frank, her family, and four others.
Saturday August 5, 2023
Dedication of the Basilica of Saint Mary Major– Optional Memorial
- 1620 – The Mayflower departs from Southampton, England, carrying would-be settlers, on its first attempt to reach North America; it is forced to dock in Dartmouth when its companion ship, the Speedwell, springs a leak.
- 1884 – The cornerstone for the Statue of Liberty is laid on Bedloe’s Island (now Liberty Island) in New York Harbor.
- 1914 – In Cleveland, Ohio, the first electric traffic light is installed.
- 1957 – American Bandstand, a show dedicated to the teenage “baby-boomers” by playing the songs and showing popular dances of the time, debuts on the ABC television network.
- 1961-Six Flags opens its roller coasters and rides for the world to enjoy.
Sunday August 6, 2023
Transfiguration of the Lord– Feast
- 1787 – Sixty proof sheets of the Constitution of the United States are delivered to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
- 1890 – At Auburn Prison in New York, murderer William Kemmler becomes the first person to be executed by electric chair.
- 1945 – World War II: Hiroshima, Japan is devastated when the atomic bomb “Little Boy” is dropped by the United States B-29 Enola Gay. Around 70,000 people are killed instantly, and some tens of thousands die in subsequent years from burns and radiation poisoning.
- 1956 – After going bankrupt in 1955, the American broadcaster DuMont Television Network makes its final broadcast, a boxing match from St. Nicholas Arena in New York in the Boxing from St. Nicholas Arena series.
- 1978-Pope Paul VI dies.
Monday August 7, 2023
- 1782 – George Washington orders the creation of the Badge of Military Merit to honor soldiers wounded in battle. It is later renamed to the more poetic Purple Heart.
- 1786 – The first federal Indian Reservation is created by the United States.
- 1789 – The United States Department of War is established.
- 1930 – The last confirmed lynching of black people in the Northern United States occurs in Marion, Indiana; two men, Thomas Shipp and Abram Smith, are killed
- 1947 – Thor Heyerdahl‘s balsa wood raft, the Kon-Tiki, smashes into the reef at Raroia in the Tuamotu Islands after a 101-day, 7,000 kilometres (4,300 mi) journey across the Pacific Ocean in an attempt to prove that pre-historic peoples could have traveled from South America.
- 2007 – At AT&T Park, Barry Bonds hits his 756th career home run to surpass Hank Aaron‘s 33-year-old record.
Tuesday August 8, 2023
Saint Dominic, priest – Memorial
Saint Mary MacKillop (January 15, 1842 – August 8, 1909)
Saint André of Montreal (August 9, 1845 – January 6, 1937)
- 1794 – Joseph Whidbey leads an expedition to search for the Northwest Passage near Juneau, Alaska.
- 1831 – Four hundred Shawnee people agree to relinquish their lands in Ohio in exchange for land west of the Mississippi River in the Treaty of Wapakoneta.
- 1844 – The Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, headed by Brigham Young, is reaffirmed as the leading body of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church).
- 1863 – American Civil War: Following his defeat in the Battle of Gettysburg, General Robert E. Lee sends a letter of resignation to Confederate President Jefferson Davis (which is refused upon receipt).
- 1876 – Thomas Edison receives a patent for his mimeograph.
- 1908 – Wilbur Wright makes his first flight at a racecourse at Le Mans, France. It is the Wright Brothers’ first public flight.
- 1925– The Ku Klux Klan, the largest fraternal organization in the United States, demonstrates its popularity by holding a parade with an estimated 30,000-35,000 marchers in Washington DC
- 1974 – President Richard Nixon, in a nationwide television address, announces his resignation from the office of the President of the United States effective noon the next day.
Wednesday August 9, 2023
Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein), virgin and martyr – Optional Memorial
- 1329 – Quilon, the first Indian Christian Diocese, is erected by Pope John XXII; the French-born Jordanus is appointed the first Bishop.
Thursday August 10, 2023
Saint Lawrence, deacon and martyr – Feast
- 1971 – The Society for American Baseball Research is founded in Cooperstown, New York.
- 1977 – In Yonkers, New York, 24-year-old postal employee David Berkowitz (“Son of Sam”) is arrested for a series of killings in the New York City area over the period of one year.
- 1981 – Murder of Adam Walsh: The head of John Walsh‘s son is found. This inspires the creation of the television series America’s Most Wanted and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.
- 1988 – Japanese American internment: U.S. President Ronald Reagan signs the Civil Liberties Act of 1988, providing $20,000 payments to Japanese Americans who were either interned in or relocated by the United States during World War II.
- 1995 – Oklahoma City bombing: Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols are indicted for the bombing. Michael Fortier pleads guilty in a plea-bargain for his testimony.
Friday August 11, 2023
Saint Clare, virgin – Memorial
Charlene Richard (January 13, 1947 – August 11, 1959: Aged 12)
- 1492 – Rodrigo de Borja is elected as Head of the Catholic Church, taking the name Pope Alexander VI.
- 1929 – Babe Ruth becomes the first baseball player to hit 500 home runs in his career with a home run at League Park in Cleveland, Ohio.
- 1934 – The first civilian prisoners arrive at the Federal prison on Alcatraz Island.
- 1992 – The Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota opens. At the time the largest shopping mall in the United States.
Saturday August 12, 2023
Saint Jane Frances de Chantal, religious – Optional Memorial
- 1492 – Christopher Columbus arrives in the Canary Islands on his first voyage to the New World.
- 1851 – Isaac Singer is granted a patent for his sewing machine.
- 1865 – Joseph Lister, British surgeon and scientist, performs 1st antiseptic surgery.
- 1883 – The last quagga dies at the Natura Artis Magistra, a zoo in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
- 1898 – The Hawaiian flag is lowered from ʻIolani Palace in an elaborate annexation ceremony and replaced with the flag of the United States to signify the transfer of sovereignty from the Republic of Hawaii to the United States.
- 1994 – Major League Baseball players go on strike, eventually forcing the cancellation of the 1994 World Series.
Sunday August 13, 2023
- 523 – John I becomes the new Pope after the death of Pope Hormisdas.
- 1906 – The all black infantrymen of the U.S. Army’s 25th Infantry Regiment are accused of killing a white bartender and wounding a white police officer in Brownsville, Texas, despite exculpatory evidence; all are later dishonorably discharged. (Their records were later restored to reflect honorable discharges but there were no financial settlements.)
- 1913 – First production in the UK of stainless steel by Harry Brearley.
- 1918 – Women enlist in the United States Marine Corps for the first time. Opha May Johnson is the first woman to enlist.
- 1967 – Two young women became the first fatal victims of grizzly bear attacks in the 57-year history of Montana’s Glacier National Park in separate incidents.
- 1961 -The Berlin Wall goes up.
- 1969 – The Apollo 11 astronauts enjoy a ticker tape parade in New York City. That evening, at a state dinner in Los Angeles, they are awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by U.S. President Richard Nixon.
Monday August 14, 2023
Saint Maximilian Mary Kolbe, priest and martyr – Memorial
- 1791 – Slaves from plantations in Saint-Domingue hold a Vodou ceremony led by houngan Dutty Boukman at Bois Caïman, marking the start of the Haitian Revolution.
- 1848 – Oregon Territory is organized by act of Congress.
- 1885 – Japan’s first patent is issued to the inventor of a rust-proof paint.
- 1920 – The 1920 Summer Olympics, having started four months earlier, officially open in Antwerp, Belgium, with the newly-adopted Olympic flag and the Olympic oath being raised and taken at the Opening Ceremony for the first time in Olympic history.
- 1959 – Explorer 6 sends the first picture of Earth from orbit.
- 1976-Around 10,000 Protestant and Catholic women demonstrate for peace in Northern Ireland.
Tuesday August 15, 2023
Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary– Solemnity (Holy Day of Obligation)
Blessed Isidore Bakanja (c. 1887 – August 15, 1909: Aged 21-22)
Wednesday August 16, 2023
Saint Stephen of Hungary– Optional Memorial
- 1858 – U.S. President James Buchanan inaugurates the new transatlantic telegraph cable by exchanging greetings with Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom. However, a weak signal forces a shutdown of the service in a few weeks.
- 1930 – The first color sound cartoon, Fiddlesticks, is released by Ub Iwerks.
- 1960 – Joseph Kittinger parachutes from a balloon over New Mexico, United States, at 102,800 feet (31,300 m), setting three records that held until 2012: High-altitude jump, free fall, and highest speed by a human without an aircraft.
- 2008 – The Trump International Hotel and Tower in Chicago is topped off at 1,389 feet (423 m), at the time becoming the world’s highest residence above ground-level.
Thursday August 17, 2023
Servant of God Eileen Rosaline O’Connor
- 310 – Pope Eusebius dies, possibly from a hunger strike, shortly after being banished by the Emperor Maxentius to Sicily.
- 682 – Pope Leo II begins his pontificate.
- 1560 – The Catholic Church is overthrown and Protestantism is established as the national religion in Scotland.
Friday August 18, 2023
- 1572 – The Huguenot King Henry III of Navarre marries the Catholic Margaret of Valois, ostensibly to reconcile the feuding Protestants and Catholics of France.
- 1590 – John White, the governor of the Roanoke Colony, returns from a supply trip to England and finds his settlement deserted.
- 1920 – The Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution is ratified, guaranteeing women’s suffrage.
Saturday August 19, 2023
Saint John Eudes, priest – Optional Memorial
- 1458 – Pope Pius II is elected the 211th Pope.
- 1612 – The “Samlesbury witches“, three women from the Lancashire village of Samlesbury, England, are put on trial, accused of practicing witchcraft, one of the most famous witch trials in British history.
- 1692 – Salem witch trials: In Salem, Province of Massachusetts Bay, five people, one woman and four men, including a clergyman, are executed after being convicted of witchcraft.
Sunday August 20, 2023
TWENTIETH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, abbot and doctor of the Church – Memorial
- 1308 – Pope Clement V pardons Jacques de Molay, the last Grand Master of the Knights Templar, absolving him of charges of heresy.
- 1858 – Charles Darwin first publishes his theory of evolution through natural selection in The Journal of the Proceedings of the Linnean Society of London, alongside Alfred Russel Wallace‘s same theory.
- 1866 – President Andrew Johnson formally declares the American Civil War over.
- 1882 – Tchaikovsky‘s 1812 Overture debuts in Moscow, Russia.
- 1920-(NFL) National Football League was founded in Canton Ohio.
Monday August 21, 2023
Saint Pius X, pope – Memorial
- 1770 – James Cook formally claims eastern Australia for Great Britain, naming it New South Wales.
- 1858 – The first of the Lincoln–Douglas debates is held in Ottawa, Illinois.
- 1911 – The Mona Lisa is stolen by Vincenzo Peruggia, a Louvre employee.
- 1959-Hawaii becomes the 50th State
Tuesday August 22, 2023
Queenship of Blessed Virgin Mary– Memorial
- 1894 – Mahatma Gandhi forms the Natal Indian Congress (NIC) in order to fight discrimination against Indian traders in Natal.
- 1942 – Brazil declares war on Germany, Japan and Italy.
- 1968 – Pope Paul VI arrives in Bogotá, Colombia. It is the first visit of a pope to Latin America.
- 2004 – Versions of The Scream and Madonna, two paintings by Edvard Munch, are stolen at gunpoint from a museum in Oslo, Norway.
Wednesday August 23, 2023
Saint Rose of Lima, virgin – Optional Memorial
- 1902-Canobie Lake Park in Salem, New Hampshire opens its roller coasters and other rides.
- 1973 – A bank robbery gone wrong in Stockholm, Sweden, turns into a hostage crisis; over the next five days the hostages begin to sympathise with their captors, leading to the term “Stockholm syndrome“.
Thursday August 24, 2023
- 1215 – Pope Innocent III issues a bull declaring Magna Carta invalid.
- 1662 – The 1662 Book of Common Prayer is legally enforced as the liturgy of the Church of England, precipitating the Great Ejection of Dissenter ministers from their benefices.
- 1682 – William Penn receives the area that is now the state of Delaware, and adds it to his colony of Pennsylvania.
- 1995 – Microsoft Windows 95 was released to the public in North America.
Friday August 25, 2023
Kristin (The Carmelite) Wilson’s 49th Birthday
- 1835 – The first Great Moon Hoax article is published in The New York Sun, announcing the discovery of life and civilization on the Moon.
- 1958 – The world’s first publicly marketed instant noodles, Chikin Ramen, are introduced by Taiwanese–Japanese businessman Momofuku Ando.
Saturday August 26, 2023
Pope John Paul 1 October 17, 1912 – September 28,1978)
Blessed Ceferino Namuncurá (August 26, 1886 – May 11, 1905: Aged 18)
- 1748 – The first Lutheran denomination in North America, the Pennsylvania Ministerium, is founded in Philadelphia.
- 1767 – Jesuits all over Chile are arrested as the Spanish Empire suppresses the Society of Jesus.
- 1978 – Papal conclave: Albino Luciani is elected as Pope John Paul I.
Sunday August 27, 2023
TWENTY-FIRST SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
Saint Monica– Memorial
Monday August 28, 2023
Saint Augustine of Hippo, bishop and doctor of the Church – Memorial
- 1565 – Pedro Menéndez de Avilés sights land near St. Augustine, Florida and founds the oldest continuously occupied European-established city in the continental United States.
- 1609 – Henry Hudson discovers Delaware Bay.
- 1833 – The Slavery Abolition Act 1833 receives royal assent, making the purchase or ownership of slaves illegal in the British Empire with exceptions.
- 1845 – The first issue of Scientific American magazine is published.
- 1850 – Richard Wagner’s Lohengrin premieres at the Staatskapelle Weimar.
- 2003 – In “one of the most complicated and bizarre crimes in the annals of the FBI“, Brian Wells dies after becoming involved in a complex plot involving a bank robbery, a scavenger hunt, and a homemade explosive device.[
Tuesday August 29, 2023
The Beheading of Saint John the Baptist, martyr – Memorial
- 1484 – Pope Innocent VIII succeeds Pope Sixtus IV.
- 1885 – Gottlieb Daimler patents the world’s first internal combustion motorcycle, the Reitwagen.
- 1898 – The Goodyear tire company is founded in Akron, Ohio
Wednesday August 30, 2023
Saint Jeanne Jugan(October 25, 1792 – August 29, 1879)
- 1916 – Ernest Shackleton completes the rescue of all of his men stranded on Elephant Island in Antarctica.
- 2021 – The last remaining American troops leave Afghanistan, ending U.S. involvement in the war.
Thursday August 31, 2023
- 1535 – Pope Paul III excommunicates English King Henry VIII from the church. He drew up a papal bull of excommunication which began Eius qui immobilis.
- 1939 – Nazi Germany mounts a false flag attack on the Gleiwitz radio station, creating an excuse to attack Poland the following day, thus starting World War II in Europe.
September: Month 9
Friday September 1, 2023
- 1838 – Saint Andrew’s Scots School, the oldest school of British origin in South America, is established.
- 1878 – Emma Nutt becomes the world’s first female telephone operator when she is recruited by Alexander Graham Bell to the Boston Telephone Dispatch Company.
Saturday September 2, 2023
- 1752 – Great Britain, along with its overseas possessions, adopts the Gregorian calendar.
- 1912 – Arthur Rose Eldred is awarded the first Eagle Scout award of the Boy Scouts of America.
- 1970 – NASA announces the cancellation of two Apollo missions to the Moon, Apollo 15 (the designation is re-used by a later mission), and Apollo 19.
- 2008 – Google launches its Google Chrome web browser.
Sunday September 3, 2023
TWENTY-SECOND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
Saint Gregory the Great, pope and doctor of the Church – Memorial
- 301 – San Marino, one of the smallest nations in the world and the world’s oldest republic still in existence, is founded by Saint Marinus.
- 1838 – Future abolitionist Frederick Douglass escapes from slavery.