Wednesday, August 3, 2011


Last year on September 7th, I posted a list of events that had occurred on that date. It turned out to be one of my most frequently read posts. Let's try that again... only this time, it's things that happened during the whole month of August.

1st      The eleventh Olympic Games opened in Berlin in 1936.

1st      In 1774 Joseph Priestley discovered oxygen in the laboratory at Bowood House, Wiltshire, England.

2nd     First roller skating rink opened in the UK (1875).

3rd     Columbus set sail on his first voyage in 1492.  They made their way to the Canary Islands.

4th     The First World War.  1914 – 11th November 1918.

6th     The sandwich was named after the Earl of Sandwich.  It is said that in approximately 1762, the Earl of Sandwich asked for meat to be served between slices of bread to avoid interrupting a gambling game.

6th     Jamaica gained independence in 1962 after being a British Colony for over 300 years.

8th     Great Train Robbery (1963)

12th   The model Ford, known as the Tin Lizzie and the first mass-produced car, went on sale in 1908.

13th   Josef Jokeb, a German spy during World War II is the last person to be executed at the tower of London (1941)

14th   World War II ends (1945)

14th   Opening of the Olympic games in London. (1948)

21st   The Mona Lisa, by Leonardo de Vinci, was stolen from the Louvre Gallery in 1911 – not recovered until 1913.     

22nd  International Red Cross founded in Geneva.

25th   Daily flights between London and Paris, starting the first International air service. (1919)

26th  In Britain, the BBC transmits the first high-definition television pictures. (1936)

28th  Martin Luther King (1929 – 1968), American civil rights campaigner, made his famous “I have a dream speech” in 1963.

31st  Princess Diana was killed in a car accident in France in 1997.

Don't forget, there'll be a quiz tomorrow!


Jane said...

You can do anything and make it entertaining. Plain old boring facts are interesting the way you post them. thanks peg! Jane

sam said...

I'll be ready for the quiz... sam

Anonymous said...

Lots of good information here.

jimbob said...

It took some time to get this one together. good job peg. thanx.