ON THIS DAY: August 5, 2016

August 5th is

Oyster DayPinkForAPurpose

Underwear Day

Work Like a Dog Day

Pink for a Purpose Day

International Beer Day


World Festivals and National Holidays

Anguilla – Constitution Day

Brazil –international Flags
Rio de Janeiro: Municipal Holiday

Burkina Faso – Independence Day

Croatia – Victory and Thanksgiving  Day

El Salvador –
San Salvador: Fiesta de San Salvador

India – Hariyali  Teej

Rwanda – Umuganura

Scotland –
Edinburgh: Edinburgh Festival (1st day)

United States –
Twinsburg OH: Twins Days Festival


On This Day in HISTORY

1305 – William Wallace is captured by the English near Glasgow

1620 – The Mayflower departs from Southhampton on first attempt to reach America

1824 – Constantine Kanaris leads Greek fleet to victory over Ottoman Empire at Samos

Constantine Kanaris

1861 – U.S. Army abolishes flogging

MORE! For Statue of Liberty, the Isley Brothers and Andrew Wyeth, click

1861 – U.S.  government levies first federal income tax as a wartime measure – 3% of all income over $800. Rescinded in 1872

1884 – Cornerstone of the Statue of Liberty laid on Bedloe’s Island in NY Harbor

1888 – Bertha Benz drives from Mannheim to Pforzheim – first long-distance auto trip

1914 – First electric traffic signal lights installed in Cleveland OH

1924 – NY Daily News debuted comic strip “Little Orphan Annie,” by Harold Gray

Little Orphan Annie debut strip

1944 – Polish insurgents free 348 Jewish prisoners from Warsaw German labor camp

1957 – American Bandstand makes its national network debut on ABC

1959 – Isley Brothers record “Shout”

1963 – Limited Test Ban Treaty signed by U.S., Britain, and Soviet Union. No nuclear tests in space, underwater, or the atmosphere

1966 – Groundbreaking for the original NY World Trade Center

1969 – NASA Mariner 7 space probe passes Mars, sending back photographs and scientific data

1974 – President Nixon says he expects to be impeached for ordering Watergate investigation halted

1986 – Artist Andrew Wyeth’s 240 drawings and paintings of  Helga Testorf  revealed


1989 – Five Central American presidents meet about dismantling Contra bases

1999 – Music by Johann Sebastian Bach thought to have been destroyed during WWII found in the Ukraine



  • Pink for a Purpose logo
  • International Flags
  • Constantine Kanaris
  • Little Orphan Annie first panel in debut strip
  • Andrew Wyeth painting The Prussian (1973)


About wordcloud9

Nona Blyth Cloud has lived and worked in the Los Angeles area for the past 50 years, spending much of that time commuting on the 405 Freeway. After Hollywood failed to appreciate her genius for acting and directing, she began a second career managing non-profits, from which she has retired. Nona has now resumed writing whatever comes into her head, instead of reports and pleas for funding. She lives in a small house overrun by books with her wonderful husband.
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