ON THIS DAY: August 8, 2016

August 8th is

Bowling Daycats together

Dalek Day

Earth Over Shoot Day

Happiness Happens Day

International Cat Day

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WORLD FESTIVALS AND NATIONAL HOLIDAYS

Cambodia – Kazantip Republic Festinternational Flags

Canada – (last day)
Salmo BC: Shambhala Music Festival

France – Lorient, Brittany
Festival Interceltique

Grenada – Carnival Monday

Tanzania – Wakulima ya Nane Nane

Zimbabwe – Heroes’ Day

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On This Day in HISTORY

1576 – Cornerstone laid for Tycho Brahe’s Uraniborg observatory on the island of Hven


Tycho Brahe’s Uraniborg observatory


1709 – Bartolomeu de Gusmão shows lifting power of hot air at the court of King John V of Portugal to get support for his airship project

1794 – Joseph Whidbey’s expedition searches for the Northwest Passage in Alaska

1844 – Brigham Young is chosen as new leader of the Mormons

1876 – Thomas Edison patents his mimeograph

MORE! For Wilbur Wright, Doctor Who, and Janis Joplin, click

1885 – More than 1.5 million people come to funeral of Ulysses S. Grant in NYC

1899 – A.T. Marshall patents the refrigerator

1908 – Wilbur Wright makes his first public flight at a Le Mans, France racecourse

1929– The German airship Graf Zeppelin begins a round-the-world flight


Graf Zeppelin


1930 – Terry Nation, creator of the villainous Daleks on Doctor Who, is born. To honor him, his birthday is celebrated by Doctor Who fans as Dalek Daydalek

1942 – Quit India Movement launched against British rule after Gandhi’s call for swaraj – complete independence for India

1945 – The London Charter is signed by France, the U.K., Soviet Union and U.S., establishing the laws and procedures for the Nuremberg Trials

1945 – U.S. President Truman signs the United Nations Charter

1946 – First flight of the Convair B-36, world’s first mass-produced aircraft designed to carry nuclear weapons – also first bomber with intercontinental range


Convair B-36 compared to B-29


1963 – The Great Train Robbery in England – 15 robbers steal £2.6 million

1969 – At London zebra crossing, photographer Iain Macmillan shoots the Beatles Abbey Road album cover photo



1970 – Janis Joplin buys a headstone for blues singer Bessie Smith’s grave

1974 – President Nixon announces his resignation from office on national TV broadcast

2000 – Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley raised after 136 year in the ocean floor

2006 – Andrew Simms and Global Footprint Network launch Earth Overshoot Day to mark the date when humanity’s demand for ecological resources and services in a given year exceeds what Earth can regenerate in that year

2008 – The Summer Games of the XXIX Olympiad open in Beijing China


Olympics in Beijing

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Visuals

  • Lots of Cats
  • International Flags
  • Depiction of Tycho Brahe’s Uraniborg observatory
  • Graf Zeppelin
  • Dalek from Doctor Who
  • Convair B-26 on right next to a B-29
  • Fireworks at Beijing Summer Olympics

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About wordcloud9

Nona Blyth Cloud has lived and worked in the Los Angeles area for the past 45 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 and a bewildered Border Collie.
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