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Calendar for August 11th, 2014

Dog Days End

The phrase "Dog Days" refers to the hottest days of summer. The Old Farmer’s Almanac lists the traditional timing of the Dog Days: the 40 days beginning July 3 and ending August 11, coinciding with the heliacal (at sunrise) rising of the Dog Star, Sirius. The rising of Sirius does not actually affect the weather (some of our hottest and most humid days occur after August 11), but for the ancient Egyptians, Sirius appeared just before the season of the Nile's flooding so they used the star as a "watchdog" for that event. Since its rising also coincided with a time of extreme heat, the connection with hot, sultry weather was made for all time.

Every Year

  • On this night, the Perseid Meteors blaze across the sky. Between 50 and 100 miles over head, one meteor per minute can be seen moving at 37 miles per second after midnight

  • 1870s

  • 1877: Mars moon Deimos discovered

  • 1930s

  • Born 1933: Jerry Falwell (evangelist)

  • 1934: The first prisoners arrived at Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary

  • Died 1937: Edith Wharton (author)

  • 1950s

  • 1951: The first baseball game televised in color was between the Boston Braves and the Brooklyn Dodgers, broadcasted from Ebbets Field. The Dodgers won 8-1

  • Born 1953: Hulk Hogan (wrestler)

  • Born 1954: Joe Jackson (musician)

  • Died 1956: Jackson Pollock (artist)

  • 1990s

  • Born 1993: Alyson Stoner (actress)

  • 2000s

  • Died 2003: Herb Brooks (coached the U.S. hockey team to the "Miracle on Ice" victory over the Soviet Union at the 1980 Olympics)

  • Died 2009: Eunice Kennedy Shriver (founder of the Special Olympics)

  • 2010s

  • Died 2014: Robin Williams (actor)

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