ON THIS DAY: August 18, 2016

August 18th is

mexican food - beef fajitas and bell peppers

Bad Poet’s Day

Fajita Day – New for 2016!

Mail Order Catalog Day

Serendipity Day *



Rakhi, Hindu Brother -Sister Festival, celebrated as Raksha Bandhan or Rakhi Purnima in India, and Janai Purnima in Nepal

Brazil – Rio de Janiero: Olympic Triathloninternational Flags
(Road Closure/Truck Ban Holiday)

Norway – Trondheim:
Pstereo Festival opens

U.S. –
Pittsburgh PA:  Little Italy Days
Elkins WV: Camp Barefoot Festival opens

Wales – Brecon Beacons:
Green Man opens


On This Day in HISTORY

1612 – In England at Lancashire Assizes, 8 of 9 ‘Pendle Witches’ are found guilty

1735 – Boston’s ‘Evening Post’ newspaper begins publication

MORE! Abe Lincoln, 19th Amendment, and the Doobie Brothers, click

1750 – Composer Antonio Salieri was born

1894 – U.S. Bureau of Immigration established by Congress – now U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)

1914 – President Wilson issues “Proclamation of Neutrality” for U.S. at WWI start

1916 – Abraham Lincoln’s birthplace, Sinking Spring Farm, made National Historic Site


1919 – The ‘Anti-Cigarette League of America’ forms in Chicago IL

1920 – U.S. Constitution’s 19th Amendment is ratified, giving women the right to vote

1937 – First FM radio station permit issued in Boston MA

1938 –  FDR at opening of  Thousand Islands Bridge connecting U.S. and Canada

1958 –  Vladimir Nabokov’s novel “Lolita”  published

1962 – Peter, Paul & Mary release “If I Had A Hammer”

1963 – James Meredith is first black man to graduate from University of Mississippi

1966 – Lunar Orbiter 1 sends first photographs of Earth taken from moon orbit to Earth


1973 – “China Grove” released by the Doobie Brothers

1977 – Anti-Apartheid activist Steven Biko arrested in South Africa – later dies from injuries while in custody

1997 – Beth Ann Hogan becomes first woman to attend Virginia Military Institute (VMI)

2010 –First ‘Serendipity Day’ * established to celebrate life’s happy surprises



  • Fajitas
  • International Flags
  • First known photograph of Abe Lincoln, circa 1847, when he was about 38 years old
  • First picture of Earth taken from moon orbit

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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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