1890 ~ Man Ray the American modernist artist and photographer was born Emmanuel Radnitzky on the 27th August 1890 (died 1976 aged 86). Man Ray was a significant contributor to the Dada and Surrealist art movements. Man Ray worked in a variety of artistic media but considered himself mainly a painter, although he was well known in the art world for his avant-garde, fashion and portrait photography. and he was a renowned fashion and portrait photographer. He was also known for his work with photograms aka rayographs.
0079 ~ MOUNT VESUViUS began stirring, on the feast day of Vulcan on the 23rd August in the year 79. Mount Vesuvius (Italian: Monte Vesuvio) is a stratovolcano in the Gulf of Naples, Italy, about 9 kilometres (5.6 miles) east of Naples. Mount Vesuvius buried and destructed the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum, killing approximately 6,000 people due to hydrothermalpyroclastic flows. The only surviving eyewitness account of the event consists of 2 letters by Pliny the Younger sent to the historian Tacitus. Vesuvius is the only volcano on the European mainland to have erupted within the last hundred years. It’s regarded as one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the world because It’s the most densely populated volcanic region in the world, with a population of 3,000,000 people living close-by, and its tendency towards explosive Plinian eruptions.
1578 ~ Francesco Albani the Italian painter was born on the 17th August 1578 (died 1660).
1786 ~ Davy Crockett the American soldier and politician was born on the 17th August 1786 (died 1836).
1913 – Helen Levitt the American photographer was born on the 31st August 1913 (died 2009).
1940 – Jack Thompson the Australian actor was born on the 31st August 1940.
1944 – Roger Dean the English illustrator and publisher was born on the 31st August 1944.
1945 – Van Morrison the Irish singer-songwriter was born on the 31st August 1945.
1947 – Yumiko Ōshima the Japanese author and illustrator was born on the 31st August 1947.
1949 – Richard Gere the American actor was born on the 31st August 1949.
1953 – Pavel Vinogradov the Russian astronaut and engineer was born on the 31st August 1953.
1956 – Mária Balážová the Slovak painter was born on the 31st August 1956.
1962 – Trinidad and Tobago became independent on the 31st August 1962.
1965 – The Aero Spacelines Super Guppy aircraft made its 1st flight on the 31st August 1965.
1969 – Jonathan LaPaglia the Australian actor was born on the 31st August 1969.
1970 – Debbie Gibson the American singer-songwriter, producer, and actress was born on the 31st August 1970.
2013 ~ David Frost the English journalist and game show host died on the 31st August 2013 aged 74 (born 7th April 1939).
Today in History for August 31st ~ video presented by the Associated Press…
1835 – MELBOURNE in Australia was founded on on the 30th August 1835.
1919 – Wolfgang Wagner the German director was born on the 30th August 1919 (died 2010).
1930 – Warren Buffett the American businessman and philanthropist was born on the 30th August 1930.
1943 ~ ROBERT CRUMB the American artist and illustrator was born on the 30th August 1943.
1948 ~ Lewis Black the American comedian, author, playwright, social critic and actor was born in Silver Spring, Maryland on the 30th August 1948. Official website: www.LewisBlack.com | verified: Twitter.com/theLewisBlack
1950 – Antony Gormley the English sculptor was born on the 30th August 1950.
1956 – The Lake Pontchartrain Causeway opened on the 30th August 1956.
1959 – Mark “Jacko” Jackson the Australian footballer and actor was born on the 30th August 1959.
1972 – Cameron Diaz the American model and actress was born on the 30th August 1972.
1985 – Leisel Jones the Australian swimmer was born on the 30th August 1985.
Today in History for August 30th ~ video presented by the Associated Press…
32 – JOHN LOCKE the English philosopher was born on the 29th day of August in 1632 (d. 1704).
1758 – The first American iNDiAN RESERVATiON was established, at Indian Mills, New Jersey, on the 29th day of August in 1758.
1780 – JEAN AUGUSTE DOMiNiQUE iNGRES the French painter was born on the 29th day of August in 1780 (d. 1867).
1833 – ABOLiTiON of SLAVERY was legislated by the United Kingdom in its empire on the 29th day of August in 1833.
1862 – ANDREW FiSHER the 5th Prime Minister of Australia was born on the 29th day of August in 1862 (d. 1928).
1885 – GOTTLiEB DAiMLER patented the world’s first internal combustion motorcycle, known as the Reitwagen (riding wagon) on the 29th day of August in 1885. Daimler is also known as “the father of the motorcycle” for this invention.
1898 – The GOODYEAR tyre company was founded on the 29th day of August in 1898.
1920 ~ CHARLiE PARKER aka Yardbird the American jazz saxophonist was born on the 29th day of August in 1920 (died 1955 aged 34).
1923 – RiCHARD ATTENBOROUGH the English film director was born on the 29th day of August in 1923.
1924 – DiNAH WASHiNGTON the American singer was born on the 29th day of August in 1924 (d. 1963).
1958 – LENNY HENRY the British comedian was born on the 29th day of August in 1958.
1958 – MiCHAEL JACKSON the American pop singer was born on the 29th day of August in 1958 (d. 2009). The video below features Michael Jackson performing Billie Jean at the Motown 25th Anniversary of Motown in 1983…
1959 ~ CHRiS HADFiELD (OOnt|MSC|CD) the Canadian astronaut and 1st Canadian to walk in space was born in Sarnia, Ontario on the 29th August 1959. Chris Hadfield received great media exposure during his time on the Soyuz TMA-07M International Space Station where he was described as the most social media savvy astronaut ever to leave Earth by Forbes, after building a considerable audience on social media, including over 1 million Twitter followers, over 4 million on one of the top Reddit AmA threads of all time with I Am Astronaut Chris Hadfield, currently orbiting planet Earth, and his popular Tumblr blog. Chris Hadfield is known for recording the 1st song in space, Jewel in the Night was released via YouTube on Christmas Eve 2012. Chris Hadfield ended his 2 months commanding Expedition 35 on the international space station by paying tribute to David Bowie with a rendition of Space Oddity (1969) as seen by over 19 million people on YouTube. Chris Hadfield’s official website: www.ChrisHadfield.ca| Col. Chris Hadfield’s verified Facebook page: www.facebook.com/AstronautChrisHadfield | Twitter (verified): www.Twitter.com/Cmdr_Hadfield | Chris Hadfield YouTube official account | Google Plus: www.plus.Google.com/+ChrisHadfield | Tumblr: www.ColChrisHadfield.tumblr.com | Reddit: www.reddit.com/user/ColChrisHadfield | NASA Hadfield Bio | YouTube video: Space Oddity by Chris Hadfield (original video on the Chris Hadfield’s official YouTube Channel…
2005 – HURRiCANE KATRiNA devastated much of the U.S. Gulf Coast on the 29th day of August in 2005. Hurricane Katrina killed more than 1,836 people, and caused $108 billion in damage, with winds reaching 175 mph (280 km/h). Most of eastern North America was affected by the hurricane, including Bahamas, South Florida, Cuba, Louisiana, Greater New Orleans, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida Panhandle.
2012 ~ HURRiCANE iSAAC battered New Orleans on the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Hurricane Isaac hit eastern North America, making landfall in southeast Louisiana, with top winds of more than 120km/h, on the 29th day of August, the exact day of the 7th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Estimated damage of $2 billion.
Today in History for August 29th ~ video presented by the Associated Press…
1845 – Scientific American magazine was first published on the 28th day of August in 1845..
1859 – Vittorio Sella the Italian photographer was born on the 28th day of August in 1859 (d. 1943).
1917 – Jack Kirby the American writer and illustrator was born on the 28th day of August in 1917 (d. 1994).
1937 – Toyota Motors became an independent company on the 28th day of August in 1937.
1943 – David Soul the American-English actor and singer was born on the 28th day of August in 1943.
1953 – Nippon Television broadcasted Japan’s first television show, and first TV advertisement on the 28th day of August in 1953.
1963 ~ I Have a Dream speech was given by Martin Luther King, Jr. on the 28th August 1963, for the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. YouTube video: Martin Luther King – I Have A Dream Speech: Martin Luther King’s Address at March in Washington, D.C. “When we let freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, Free at last! free at last! thank God Almighty, we are free at last!”
1965 – Shania Twain the Canadian singer and songwriter was born on the 28th August 1965.
1965 ~ Sonia Kruger the Australian television presenter was born on the 28th August 1965. Sonia Kruger is best known as the host of Big Brother Australia and Channel 9’s Mornings, 10 Years Younger in 10 Days, Dancing with the Stars and the role of Tina Sparkle in the Strictly Ballroom film.
1969 ~ Jason Priestley the Canadian actor and director was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada on the 28th August 1969. Jason Priestly’s official website: www.officialJasonPriestley.com | YouTube video: Jason Priestley interview on The Project – Call Me Fitz (2012)…
1981 ~ Jake Owen the American country music artist was born Joshua Owen on the 28th August 1981.
1982 – LeAnn Rimes the American singer and songwriter was born on the 28th day of August in 1982.
Today in History for August 28th ~ video presented by the Associated Press…
1768 ~ The 1st voyage of Captain James Cook began on the 26th August 1768. The Royal Society engaged Captain James Cook to travel to the Pacific Ocean to observe and record the transit of Venus across the Sun. The expedition sailed from England around Cape Horn and westward across the Pacific to Tahiti on the 13th April 1769, where the observations of the Venus Transit were made. Once the observations were completed, Cook opened the sealed orders which instructed him to search the South Pacific for signs of the postulated rich southern continent of Terra Australis, so he then sailed to New Zealand and mapped the complete coastline. Cook then voyaged west, reaching the south-eastern coast of Australia on the 19th April 1770, becoming the 1st recorded European to have encountered its eastern coastline.
1865 – Arthur James Arnot the Australian engineer and inventor was born on the 26th August 1865 (died 1946). Arthur James Arnot is best known for patenting the world’s first electric drill, and designing the Spencer Street Power Station, Victoria.
1898 – Peggy Guggenheim the American art collector was born on the 26th August 1898 (died 1979).
1899 – Rufino Tamayo the Mexican painter was born on the 26th August 1898 (died 1991).
1883 – The 1883 eruption of Krakatoa began its final paroxysmal stage on the 26th August 1883.
1909 – Jim Davis the American actor was born on the 26th August 1909 (died 1981 aged 71).
1920 – Brant Parker the American cartoonist was born on the 26th August 1920 (died 2007).
1927 – B. V. Doshi the Indian architect was born on the 26th August 1927.
1933 – Oscar Marzaroli the Scots-Italian photographer was born on the 26th August 1933 (died 1988).
1946 – Priit Pärn the Estonian cartoonist and animation director was born on the 26th August 1946.
1950 – Jüri Okas the Estonian architect was born on the 26th August 1950.
1952 – Will Shortz the American puzzle creator and editor was born on the 26th August 1952.
1966 – Avner Ben-Gal the Israeli painter was born on the 26th August 1966.
1969 ~ Kirk Fox the American actor, screenwriter, and stand-up comedian was born on the 26th August 1969.
1971 – Thalía the Mexican singer-songwriter and actress was born on the 26th August 1971.
1981 – Jesse Martin the Australian sailor was born on the 26th August 1981.
Today in History for August 26th ~ video presented by the Associated Press…
1530 ~ Ivan the Terrible the Russian Tsar was born on the 25th August 1530 (died 1584).
1845 ~ LUDWiG II of BAVARiA was born Ludwig Otto Friedrich Wilhelm on the 25th August 1845 (died 1886 aged 40). Ludwig II was the eccentric King of Bavaria from 1864 until shortly before his death, and is sometimes called the Swan King, Der Märchenkönig, the Fairy Tale King, Count Palatine of the Rhine, Duke of Bavaria (Franconia & Swabia), and Mad King Ludwig. Ludwig’s younger brother and successor Otto of Bavaria was considered insane, thus the claim of hereditary madness when Ludwig was deposed on grounds of mental incapacity without any medical examination. His death remains controversial due to the mysterious circumstances under which he died. King Ludwig and the doctor assigned to him in captivity at Berg Castle on Lake Starnberg were both found dead in the lake in waist-high water, the doctor with unexplained injuries to the head and shoulders, on the morning after the day Ludwig was deposed.
Ludwig commissioned the construction of 2 extravagant palaces and a castle, the most famous being Neuschwanstein. King Ludwig left a great legacy of architecture, art and tourist income that has helped to make Bavaria the richest state in Germany.
1875 – Captain Matthew Webb became the 1st person to swim across the English Channel on the 25th August 1875, traveling from Dover, England, to Calais, France, in 22 hours.
1914 – World War I: The library of the Catholic University of Leuven was deliberately destroyed by the German Army on the 25th August 1914. Hundreds of thousands of irreplaceable Gothic and Renaissance book volumes and manuscripts were lost.
1916 – The United States National Park Service was created on the 25th August 1916.
1949 – John Savage the American actor was born on the 25th August 1949.
1949 ~ GENE SiMMONS the Israeli-American singer-songwriter and bass player from KiSS was born on the 25th August 1949. YouTube video: CNN interview: KISS’ Gene Simmons “I can’t sing!”: Kiss co-founder and Family Jewels star Gene Simmons talks about why he’s never done drugs and how he can’t sing..
1954 ~ ELViS COSTELLO the English singer-songwriter and producer was born on the 25th August 1954. YouTube video: Elvis Costello ~ Oliver’s Army Promo Video (1979)..YouTube video below: ELViS COSTELLO ~ MTV UNPLUGGED (1991): Elvis Costello & The Rude 5 perform on MTV Unplugged in 1991. Only 5 of the songs made it to the broadcast version, because MTV apparently didn’t want to air a bunch of songs from his then-unreleased “covers” album, Kojak Variety. He begins with a fragment of “Home Is Anywhere You Hang Your Head” and then performs “Deep Dark Truthful Mirror”, “So Like Candy / I Want You”, “The Other Side Of Summer”, “Must You Throw Dirt In My Face”, “Hidden Charms”, “Everybody’s Crying Mercy”, “Hurry Down Doomsday (The Bugs Are Taking Over)”, “Couldn’t Call It Unexpected No. 4″ and “Bama Lama Bama Loo.”
1958 – Tim Burton the American director, producer, and screenwriter was born on the 25th August 1958.
1961 – Billy Ray Cyrus the American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor was born on the 25th August 1961.
1964 – Joanne Whalley the British actress was born on the 25th August 1964.
1970 – Claudia Schiffer the German model and fashion designer was born on the 25th August 1970.
1981 – Clare Oliver Australian activist was born on the 25th August 1981. Clare died on the 13th September 2007, aged 26. Clare’s own health crisis prompted her to become an activist, gaining wide media coverage for her campaign to raise awareness about the risks of using solariums excessively. Please visit www.ClareOliverMelanomaFund.org
1991 – The Airbus A340 aircraft made its 1st flight on the 25th August 1991.
2012 ~ Neil Armstrong the American astronaut and first man on the Moon, died on the 25th day of August in 2012, aged 82.
Today in History for August 25th ~ video presented by the Associated Press…
0079 – Mount Vesuvius erupted on the 24th August in the year 79. The cities of Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Stabiae were buried in volcanic ash (note: this traditional date has been challenged, with many scholars believing that the event occurred 2 months later on the 24th October).
1456 – The printing of the Gutenberg Bible was completed on the 24th August 1456.
1891 – Thomas Edison patented the motion picture camera on the 24th August 1891.
1909 – Workers start pouring concrete for the Panama Canal on the 24th August 1909.
1929 – Yasser Arafat the Palestinian engineer and politician was born on the 24th August 1929 (died 2004).
1929 – Betty Dodson the American sex educator and author was born on the 24th August 1929.
1936 – The Australian Antarctic Territory was created on the 24th August 1936.
1941 – Adolf Hitler ordered the cessation of Nazi Germany’s systematic T4 euthanasia program of the mentally ill and the handicapped on the 24th August 1941, due to protests, although killings continued for the remainder of the war.
1947 – Paulo Coelho the Brazilian author was born on the 24th August 1947.
1949 – The treaty creating NATO went into effect on the 24th August 1949.
1957 – Stephen Fry the British comedian, actor, journalist, and author was born on the 24th August 1957.
1958 – Steve Guttenberg the American actor was born on the 24th August 1958.
1973 – Dave Chappelle the American comedian, actor, screenwriter, and producer was born on the 24th August 1973.
Today in History for August 24th ~ video presented by the Associated Press…