ON THIS DAY: August 23, 2016

August 23rd is

Gossamer Condor2

National Ride the Wind Day *

Valentino Day *

National Spongecake Day



Argentina – Buenos Airies:international Flags
Tango Festival y Mundial

Malaysia – Rajah if Perlis Birthday

United States –
San Diego CA:
  Humphreys Concerts by the Bay
Saratoga Springs NY:
  Saratoga Chamber Music Festival


On This Day in HISTORY

30 – Conqueror of Egypt Octavian executes Cleopatra’s son by Julius Caesar and Mark Antony’s eldest son

1305 – Sir William Wallace is executed for treason at Smithfield in London

MORE! The South Pole, Rudolf Valentino and Keith Moon, click

1614 – University of Groningen is established in the Dutch Republic

1628 – George Villiers, first Duke of Buckingham, stabbed to death by John Felton

1838 – First class to graduate from Mount Holyoke Female Seminary, South Hadley MA, one of the earliest colleges for women, now Mount Holyoke College

Mount Holyoke 1908 OldRockefellerHall

1898 – Southern Cross Expedition leaves London bound for the Antarctic. First expedition to over-winter on Antarctic mainland, pioneered use of dogs and sledges

1902 – Fannie Farmer opens Miss Farmer’s School of Cookery in Boston MA

1926 – Silent film idol  Rudolf Valentino dies at age 31 because of a ruptured ulcer. Thousands mourn.  Valentino Day * is on the anniversary of his death


1927 – Anarchists Sacco and Vanzetti executed in spite of worldwide pleas for pardon

1947 –  Keith Moon,  drummer for The Who, is born

1948 – World Council of Churches, a global fellowship of Christian churches, is formed

1954 – First Flight of C-130 Hercules aircraft

C130 Hercules

1962 – U.S. Telstar relays first live broadcast between U.S. and Europe

1973 – Stockholm, Sweden, bank robbery hostage crisis lasts 5 days, term “Stockholm syndrome” is coined to describe hostages sympathy with their captors

1977 – Paul MacCready’s Gossamer Condor-2, piloted by cyclist Bryan Allen, wins the Kremer prize for human-powered flight, flying a figure-eight course at 11 mph, for a distance of 2, 172 meters. National Ride the Wind Day * commemorates this feat.

1989 – Singing Revolution: two million from Estonia Latvia and Lithuania join hands on the Vilnius-Talinn road

1996 – President Clinton imposed limits peddling cigarettes to minors

2011 – Magnitude 5.8 (moderate) earthquake in Virginia causes an estimated $200 million–$300 million in damages to monuments and structures in Washington DC



  • Gossamer Condor-2
  • International flags
  • 1908 postcard of original Rockefeller Hall at Mount Holyoke
  • Rudolf Valentino as The Sheik, 1921
  • C-130 Hercules circa mid-1950s


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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