ON THIS DAY: August 12, 2016

August 12th is

African Elephants

World Elephant Day

Personal Computer Day

National Middle Child’s Day

U.N. International Youth Day



Ecuador – National Day

Netherlands – Leeuwarden:international Flags
Into the Grave Festival

Finland – Helsinki:
Flow Festival

Germany – Linz to Bonn:
Rhine in Flames fireworks

Great Britain – Bristol:
International Balloon Fiesta

Thailand – The Queen’s Birthday

United States –
Atlanta GA: The Wrecking Ball
Dunkirk NY: Grape Country Wine Festival
San Francisco CA: Pancakes and Booze Art Show


On This Day in HISTORY

1323 – The Treaty of Nöteborg, known as the “permanent peace,” settles the border between Sweden and Novgorod (Russia) for the first time

1624 – Cardinal Richelieu becomes Louis X111 of France’s principal minister

portrait_of_cardinal de richelieu

1851 – Isaac Singer patents the double-headed sewing machine

MORE! for Judy Garland, Woody Guthrie and Metallica, click

1865 – Joseph Lister uses disinfectant during surgery for the first time

1879 – U.S. National Archery Association holds its first tournament in Chicago IL

1915 – William Somerset Maugham publishes his novel Of Human Bondage

1918 – Regular airmail service begins between New York City and Washington DC

1939 – The Wizard of Oz starring Judy Garland shown for first time in Oconomowoc WI

1953 – Soviet Union secretly tests its first thermonuclear  bomb

1955 – The U.S. Minimum Wage is raised from 75 cents an hour to $1.00 an hour

1960 – First balloon communication satellite, Echo One, launched

1964 – The IOC bars South Africa from the Tokyo Olympics because of Apartheid

1970 – The Hollywood Bowl held a Woody Guthrie Memorial Concert in Los Angeles

1981 – IBM introduces the Personal Computer, IBM PC Model 5150

1991 – Metallica – aka“The Black Album” – was released

2007 – Archaeologists find 8 million-year-old cypress trees preserved in Hungarian  open coal mine

2012 – The first World Elephant Day
“We admire elephants in part because they demonstrate what we consider the finest human traits: empathy, self-awareness, and social intelligence. But the way we treat them puts on display the very worst of human behavior.”
…………………………………… Graydon Carter, Editor of  Vanity Fair
World Elephant DayThe World Wildlife Federation has a petition urging steps that will prevent the Lion and the African Elephant from disappearing forever:


  • Elephant affection
  • International flags
  • Portrait du Cardinal de Richelieu by Philippe de Champaigne
  • World Elephant Day logo

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Nona Blyth Cloud has lived and worked in the Los Angeles area for over 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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