ON THIS DAY: August 17, 2016

August 17th is

Black Kitten

Vanilla Custard Day

Black Cat Appreciation Day *

National I Love My Feet Day *

National Thrift Shop Day



Belgium – Kiewit-Hasselt:international Flags
Pukkelpop (first day)

Hungary – Budapest
Sziget Festival (last day)

India – Shahenshahi
(Parsi New Year)

Indonesia – Independence Day

Sri Lanka – Nikini Full Moon Poya Day

Taiwan – Chung Yuan:
Zhongyuan (Ghost Festival)


On This Day in HISTORY

1560 – The Scottish ‘Reformation’ Parliament adopts a ‘confession of faith’ based on the theology of John Calvin, effectively making the Reformed faith led by John Knox the state religion. Mary Queen of Scots, a Catholic, refuses to sign it

1585 – Colonists, sent by Sir Walter Raleigh to Roanoke Island, land in the ‘New World’

MORE! Davy Crockett, Joseph Pulitzer and ‘kiss-proof’ lipstick, click

1784 – Composer Luigi Boccherini gets a 12000 real pay raise from his employer Infante Luis Antonio, younger brother of Spanish King Charles III

1786 – Davy Crockett, frontiersman, politician and hero of the Alamo, is born


1790 – The U.S. capital moved from Philadelphia to New York City

1815 – Napoleon arrived on St Helena to begin in his exile

1859 – John Wise left Lafayette Indiana in a hot air balloon, attempting to deliver a mail bag of 100 letters to New York City – He had to land after only 27 miles

1903 – Joseph Pulitzer donated $1 million to Columbia University, the beginning of the Pulitzer Prizes

1906 – Hazel Bishop born, organic chemist, creator of “kiss-proof” lipstick

1950-HaZel Bishop lipstick ad

1908 – Émile Cohl’s Fantasmagorie, the first animated cartoon, is shown in Paris

1935 –  Wilhelm Frick, Minister of the Interior in German Third Reich, bans freemasonry 

1945 – Indonesian nationalists declared their independence from the Netherlands

1959 – Miles Davis album Kind of Blue, best-selling Jazz album of all time, debuts

1960 – Gabon becomes independent from France

1961 – Construction of the Berlin Wall was completed by East Germany

1982 – U.S. Senate approved an immigration bill granting permanent resident status to illegal aliens who came to the U.S. before 1977

1983 – Prince’s song “Delirious” was released

2002 – The Charles M. Schulz Museum opens in Santa Rosa, CA


2008 – U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps becomes first athlete to win 8 gold medals in a single Olympic Games

2011 – Wayne Morris starts ‘Black Cat Appreciation Day’ * to honor his sister and her special bond with her black cat. She died on August 17 at the age of 33, just two months after her beloved 20-year-old cat Sinbad passed away. Their father hadn’t wanted a “bad luck” black cat in house, but Sinbad eventually won him over. Because of superstition, black cats are the hardest to place in ‘forever homes’

2015 – Carolyn D. Jenkins starts ‘National I Love My Feet Day’ * in 2015 to raise awareness of how to prevent long-term foot problems



  • Black kitten
  • International flags
  • Davy Crockett
  • 1950 Hazel Bishop lipstick ad
  • Charles M. Schulz Museum

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2 Responses to ON THIS DAY: August 17, 2016

  1. David Crockett was born just a few miles from here. The Crockett birthplace is now a state park covering about 105 acres. The original cabin is gone, but an exact replica stands on the original site.

    Davy Crockett spent his childhood at the Crockett Tavern his father owned. A replica of the original stands on the same spot in Morristown, Tennessee. http://www.crocketttavernmuseum.org/

    There are many Crocketts still living in this area. A local lawyer who was district attorney for a while is named David Crockett. There is also a David Crockett High School.

  2. wordcloud9 says:

    Thanks Chuck! He certainly lived quite an interesting life

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