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Calendar for August 10th, 2013

St. Lawrence's Day

When told by Roman officials to surrender the church’s valuables, St. Lawrence brought the city’s poor and sick. "Here is the church’s treasure," he said. Rome didn’t find this amusing, and legend says he was put to death in A.D. 258 by being roasted on a grate, although some scholars say he was more likely beheaded. In either case, folks in southern Europe still mark this day. It is customary there to eat only cold meat in recognition of the reputed manner of his death. Fair weather on St. Lawrence’s Day presages a fair autumn.


  • 1821: Missouri, the second state to be created from the Louisiana Purchase, was admitted to the Union as the 24th state

  • 1840s

  • 1846: The Smithsonian Institution was established at the bequest of James Smithson; the reason for the bequest remains unknown

  • 1860s

  • Born 1865: James Wilson Morrice (artist)

  • 1870s

  • Born 1874: Herbert Hoover (31st U.S. president)

  • 1876: Alexander Graham Bell received the first long-distance phone call in Brantford, Ontario, from his father who was 8 miles away in Paris, Ontario

  • 1890s

  • Died 1896: Otto Lilienthal (German aviator whose work made a significant contribution to the success of the Wright Brothers)

  • 1910s

  • Born 1913: Wolfgang Paul (physicist)

  • 1920s

  • Born 1928: Jimmy Dean (actor, singer, & businessman)

  • 1940s

  • Born 1940: Bobby Hatfield (one of the Righteous Brothers)

  • Born 1942: Betsy Johnson (designer)

  • Died 1945: Robert Goddard (rocket scientist)

  • Born 1947: Ian Anderson (musician)

  • 1950s

  • Born 1959: Rosanna Arquette (actress)

  • 1960s

  • 1960: The Canadian Bill of Rights took effect

  • Born 1960: Antonio Banderas (actor)

  • 1970s

  • Born 1972: Angie Harmon (actress)

  • 1980s

  • 1988: President Ronald Reagan signed the Civil Liberties Act of 1988

  • 1990s

  • 1993: Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg was sworn in as the 107th justice of the US Supreme Court

  • 2000s

  • 2003: First Earth/Space wedding. Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko, aboard the International Space Station (ISS), married Ekaterina Dmitriev, on Earth

  • 2004: For the first time in Canada, a court ordered a man to give his ex-wife monthly support payments for their dog. The man was told to pay $200 a month in alimony towards the upkeep of the couples' St. Bernard

  • 2004: Cartoon character Donald Duck received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

  • 2006: Scotland Yard foiled terrorist plot to destroy planes flying from the UK to the U.S.

  • Died 2008: Isaac Hayes (singer & songwriter)

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