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By Tim ONeill
Funny Guy 

VJ Day, women's right to vote, Columbus sails

This week in history


Which are real?...

Aug. 13: 1913—Harry Brearly invents stainless steel. 2012—Thousands flock to Mayberry, N.C., in white linen suits and straw hats to celebrate Otis Campbell Day. Born: Phoebe Ann Moses a/k/a Annie Oakley (1860). Death and the Single Girl: Helen Gurley Brown (2012). International Left-Handers Day. Today’s Word: Privign—a stepson.

Aug. 14: 1846—Henry David Thoreau gets jailed for resisting taxes. 1848—The Oregon Territory is created. 1897—At British Columbia’s Fraser River, a fisherman lands a 1,387 pound sturgeon. 1945—VJ Day—World War II ends with the unconditional surrender of Japan. 1965—4,560 ice cream truck drivers start thinking about liquidating their stock and winterizing their vehicles. Born: Steve Martin (1945). Died: William Randolph Hearst (1951). National Creamsicle Day. Today’s Word: Decubitis—a person’s posture or position while sleeping.

Aug. 15: 1040—Macbeth kills King Duncan I in battle and becomes King of Scotland. 1057—Macbeth is killed at the Battle of Lumphanan by the army of (Lord help me) Máel Coluim mac Donnchada. 1914—Seven die after the living quarters of American architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s Wisconsin home, Taliesin, are burnt to the ground by a disgruntled manservant. Born: Road builder John “Blind Jack” Metcalf (1717). Died: Famed dermatologist Bendapudi Venkata Satyanarayana. Lemon Meringue Pie Day. Today’s Words: Ris-sweetbreads—food from the pancreas or throat of a lamb or calf.

Aug. 16: 1873—Baltimore Canaries outfielder Lip Pike races against a horse at Baltimore’s Newington Park Pike and wins in 10 seconds flat. 1945—The Allies divide up Germany into seven areas for the occupation of their troops. 1954—Sports Illustrated magazine is published for the first time. 1969—In New York State, the Woodstock Music and Art Fair, An Aquarian Exposition: Three Days of Peace and Music is in day two of the event, held at Max Yasgur’s 600-acre farm. 1991—The “Catholic Woodstock” is held In Czestochowa, Poland, with Pope John Paul II; more than 1 million young people attend. Born: Madonna, nee Madonna Louise Ciccone (1958). The King is dead: Elvis Presley (1977). Happiness Happens Month. Today’s Word: Glossolalia—speaking in tongues.

Aug. 17: 1492—Columbus realizes he began his first westward voyage without cancelling his newspaper delivery. 1835—Solymon Merrick of Springfield, Mass., patents the wrench. 1891—A patent is issued for the automobile electric self-starter. 1896—Speaking of automobile firsts, Mrs. Bridget Driscoll of Croydon, Surrey, becomes the first pedestrian casualty when she dies from head injuries after being struck by a car at the Crystal Palace, London, traveling at 4 mph. 1978—Ben Abruzzo, Maxie Anderson, and Larry Newman become the first men to cross the Atlantic Ocean by balloon. Born: Hazel Gladys Bishop, inventor of non-smear, kiss proof lipstick (1906). Died: Pearl Bailey (1990). Meaning of “Is” Day. Today’ Word: Gloze—a note in the margin.

Aug. 18: 1840—Nine out of 10 dentists agree to found the American Society of Dental Surgeons. 1920—Tennessee ratifies the 19th Amendment guaranteeing women the right to vote. 1969—Jimi Hendrix is the last act at the Woodstock festival. Roy Rogers had turned down singing “Happy Trails to You” as the final act. 1990—An Iraqi oil tanker has warning shots fired across its bow by a U.S. frigate. 1991—An attempted coup by Soviet hard-liners is launched, and President Mikhail S. Gorbachev and his family are imprisoned until the coup collapses three days later. Born: Max Factor (1904). Died: Genghis Khan (1227). Bad Poetry Day. Today’s Word: Coruscating—to reflect or emit light in bright beams or flashes.

Aug. 19: 1775—Colonists attempt to avoid taxation by applying for tea stamps. King George III calls them whiney freeloaders. Colonists reply they are tired of paying for the benefit of the top .0001 percent. 1812—The USS Constitution defeats the HMS Guerriere and is nicknamed “Old Ironsides.” 1919—William B. Ward gets the trademark for Hostess. In Hostess-related history, the original Twinkies used banana cream as a filling, which was later switched to vanilla as part of the U.S. war effort. 1934—38 million Germans vote for Adolf Hitler to succeed President von Hindenburg and become their Fuhrer. 2012—Washington’s west coast suffers a 5.6 magnitude earthquake. Died: Julius Henry “Groucho “Marx (1977). National Aviation Day. Today’s Word: Sop—a morsel of bread.


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