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Calendar for August 14th, 2013

1840s

  • 1848: Oregon Territory organized by Act of Congress

  • 1860s

  • Born 1863: Ernest Lawrence Thayer (poet)

  • 1880s

  • 1888: Oliver B. Shallenberger received patent for an electric meter

  • 1890s

  • Died 1891: Sarah Childress Polk (U.S. First Lady)

  • 1920s

  • Born 1926: Alice Ghostley (actress)

  • 1930s

  • 1935: President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act

  • 1940s

  • 1941: President Franklin D. Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill signed an eight point agreement known as the Atlantic Charter

  • Born 1941: David Crosby (singer, songwriter)

  • Born 1945: Steve Martin (actor)

  • Born 1947: Danielle Steel (author)

  • 1950s

  • Born 1950: Gary Larson (cartoonist, creator of The Far Side)

  • Born 1959: Earvin "Magic" Johnson (basketball player)

  • 1959: U.S. satellite Explorer VI transmitted the first picture of Earth from space

  • 1960s

  • Born 1961: Susan Olsen (actress)

  • Born 1966: Halle Berry (actress)

  • Born 1968: Catherine Bell (actress)

  • 1980s

  • Born 1983: Mila Kunis (actress)

  • 1990s

  • Died 1994: Alice Childress (playwright)

  • 2000s

  • 2003: The biggest blackout in U.S. history, affecting some 50 million people, engulfed New York City, Albany, Hartford, Toronto, Ottawa, Detroit, Cleveland and Ontario

  • 2004: An estimated 65,000 fans attended Phish's last concert

  • 2005: First Lady Laura Bush announced that Cristeta Comerford was hired to be executive chef at the White House--the first time that a woman has held the job

  • Died 2006: Bruno Kirby (actor)

  • Died 2007: Phil Rizzuto (baseball player & announcer)

  • 2010s

  • Died 2012: Ron Palillo (actor)

  • 2012: Aretha Franklin was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame


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