ON THIS DAY: August 11, 2016

August 11th is

Ingersoll quote lifting others

Ingersoll Day *

Play in the Sand Day

Presidential Joke Day *

Son and Daughter Day



Chad – Independence Dayinternational Flags

Japan – Mountain Day *

Sweden – Goteborg:
Way Out West Festival

United Kingdom – Hampton:
Boomtown  Fair

United States – Scranton PA:
The Peach Music Festival

Zambia –  Tripartite Election Day


On This Day on History

3114 BC – The Mesoamerican Long Count calendar used by the Mayans begins

1833 – * Robert INGERSOLL born, “The Great Agnostic,” politician and famous orator, advocate for separation of church and state, free thought, and humanism. Gave the eulogy at his friend Walt Whitman’s funeral. 

robert-ingersoll-quote churches divide upon politics

1860 – First successful American silver mill opens in Virginia City NV

MORE! – for The Beatles Help! and Presidential Joke Day, click 

1877 – Asaph Hall discovers two moons of Mars and names them Phobos and Deimos

1896 – Harvey Hubbell patents electric light bulb socket with a pull-chain

1909 – U.S. ship Arapahoe is first to use SOS distress signal off Cape Hatteras NC

1924 – Newsreel pictures taken of  U.S. presidential candidates for first time

coolidge press photographers

1952 – Hussein bin Talal is proclaimed King of Jordan

1960 – Chad becomes independent from France

1965 – The Beatles movie Help!  has its American premier in NYC

1984 – * President Reagan jokes, “My fellow Americans, I am pleased to tell you that I just signed legislation that would outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes,” during microphone test, not aware microphone is live, which starts tradition of Presidential Joke Day on August 11

1994 – U.S. federal jury awards commercial fishermen $286.8 million for losses resulting from 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill

1995 – All U.S. nuclear tests are banned

2014 – Japan’s parliament passes legislation for a new annual public holiday, Mountain Day, to be held on August 11, beginning in 2016

Mount Fuji spring



  • Robert Ingersoll quote
  • International flags
  • Robert Ingersoll photo with quote
  • Calvin Coolidge faces news cameras
  • Japan’s most famous mountain, Mount Fuji


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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