Day: August 3, 2016

Humpday History (3 Aug 2016)

This week in History….

1 August:

1833:  Slavery abolished in the British Empire

1981:  MTV begins broadcasting in the US, the first video, “Video killed the Radio Star

1984:  Lindow man discovered in Chesire, England, UK

2 August:

1937:  The Marihuana Tax Act of 1937 is passed, effectively outlawing marijuana in the US

1943:  Japanese destroyer Amagiri rams PT-109, JFK‘s patrol boat

1990:  Iraq invades Kuwait, leading to Desert Storm

3 August:

1492:  Christopher Columbus sets sails from Spain

1678:  Le Griffon, the first recorded ship is built on the great lakes is built by Robert LaSalle

1936:  Jesse Owens wins the 100 meter dash in the Berlin Olympics

4 August:

1704:  Gibraltar is captured by the British

1892:  The Lizzie Borden murders occur

1944:  Anne Frank is arrested by the Gestapo

5 August:

1620:  The Mayflower departs the UK

1962:  Nelson Mandela is jailed in South Africa

2015:  The EPA releases 3 million gallons of toxic waste in Colorado

6 August:

1806:  Francis II, the last Holy Roman Emperor abdicates, ending the HRE

1945:  An American B-29 drops an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan

2012:  NASA’s Curiosity rover lands on Mars

7 August:

1782:  George Washington orders the creation of the Badge of Military Merit (later known as the Purple Heart)

1930:  The last confirmed lynching of black Americans (Thomas Shipp & Abram Smith)

1981:  The Washington Star ceases publication after 128 years


It seems that the first week of August is a very busy week in history, if I may be so bold to point out, that on 1 August 2016, The Corvus Spectator was also first published.  Please take a few moments to review.