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Calendar for August 15th, 2013

Every Year

  • Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

  • 1500s

  • 1502: Christopher Columbus first saw cacao beans

  • 1760s

  • Born 1769: Napoleon Bonaparte (Emperor of France)

  • 1770s

  • Born 1771: Walter Scott (Scottish novelist and poet)

  • 1860s

  • Born 1860: Florence Kling Harding (U.S. First Lady)

  • 1870s

  • Born 1879: Ethel Barrymore (actress)

  • 1880s

  • Born 1887: Edna Ferber (author)

  • 1910s

  • Born 1912: Julia Child (culinary expert)

  • 1914: First ship passed through the Panama Canal

  • 1920s

  • Born 1923: Rose Marie (actress)

  • Born 1925: Oscar Peterson (jazz pianist)

  • 1930s

  • Died 1935: Will Rogers (humorist)

  • Died 1935: Wiley Post (first pilot to fly solo around the world)

  • 1940s

  • Born 1944: Linda Ellerbee (journalist)

  • 1947: The colony of British India was divided into two independent nations, India and Pakistan

  • 1950s

  • Born 1950: Anne Elizabeth Alice Louise Windsor (Princess Anne)

  • 1960s

  • 1965: The Beatles opened their United States tour at Shea Stadium In New York City. Over 50,000 fans attended the concert. At the time, this was a world record attendance for a rock concert

  • Born 1968: Debra Messing (actress)

  • 1969: The Woodstock Music and Art Festival opened on a field near Yasgur's Farm at Bethel, NY. The three day concert drew a crowd of more than 400,000 people

  • 1970s

  • Born 1972: Ben Affleck (actor)

  • 1977: On duty at the Big Ear Radio Observatory at The Ohio State University, Dr. Jerry Ehman heard radio noise that lasted 37 seconds and came from the direction of a star nearly 220 light-years away. The signal traveled at a frequency whose use is prohibited by international agreement and that is unlike those of most natural radio sources. It is known as the Wow signal and hasn't been heard since

  • 2000s

  • 2001: Discovery of second planet orbiting a star in Big Dipper announced

  • 2007: A magnitude-8.0 earthquake struck Peru and at least 15 aftershocks followed, some as strong as magnitude-6.3

  • 2008: American gymnast Nastia Liukin won an Olympic gold medal in the women's gymnastics individual all-around competition. Her teammate, Shawn Johnson, won the silver medal.

  • 2008: Nils Olav, a penguin at Edinburgh Zoo in Scotland, was knighted by British Maj. Gen. Euan Loudon on behalf of Norway's King Harald V

  • 2009: A 1,224-pound cupcake, baked by Ryan Abood, from Manchester, New Hampshire, was entered in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's largest cupcake/fairy cake. Guinness representative Carl Saville inspected the cupcake, making sure that it met several criteria: it must be edible, cooked throughout, and resemble a cupcake. The cupcake was 4 feet tall and 10 feet wide. About 200 pounds of flour, 200 pounds of sugar, 200 pounds of butter and oil, and 1,000 eggs were used. It was baked in a specially designed 8 ft. x 8 ft. x 10 ft. oven for about 8 1/2 hours. The cupcake judging took place at an event in Royal Oak, Michigan. The attempt had been for a 7,000-pound cupcake, but due to a malfunction in baking equipment, a smaller version was hurriedly put together overnight for the Guinness event.


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