August, 2008             -- 365  days of Google Answers

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John Maurice Clark, American economist 

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    Friday, Aug. 1 (Day 214;  152 days remaining):

      *MTV begins broadcasting in 1981 with "Video Killed the Radio Star" by the Buggles, followed by Pat Benatar's "You Better Run".:

    http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=782994

    Born: Jean-Baptiste Lamarck (1744); William Clark (1770); Francis Scott Key (1779); Herman Melville (1819); Yves Saint Laurent (1936); Jerry Garcia (1942)

     

    Saturday, Aug. 2:

      * The first U.S. Census is taken on this day in 1790, with half of the population of 3.9 million being under age 16:

    http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=420368

    Born: Jack Warner (1892); James Baldwin (1924); Wes Craven (1939)

     

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    "How to do a people search", a Google Knol by Omnivorous-GA.

     

    Sunday, Aug. 3:

      * Christopher Columbus sets sail for India in 1492 from Palos de la Frontera, Spain:

    http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=104901

    Born: Elisha Graves Otis (1811); Ernie Pyle, John T. Scopes (1900); Leon Uris (1924); Martin Sheen (1940) 

     

    Monday, Aug. 4:

      *  First supermarket opened in 1930 at Queens, NY by a former Kroger employee.  Supermarket items carried continues to grow:

    http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=762490

    Born: Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792); John Venn (1834); Louis Armstrong (1901); Raoul Wallenberg (1912)

     

    Tuesday, Aug. 5:

      * Birthday of Guy de Maupassant in 1850, one of the fathers of the modern "short story":

    http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=754623

     Born: John Huston (1906); Robert Taylor (1911); Neil Armstrong (1930)

      

    Wednesday, Aug. 6:

      *  Start of the Internet in 1991, with Tim Berners-Lee's post on the 'WorldWideWeb' project in alt.hypertext newsgroup:

    http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=746649

    Born: Alfred Lord Tennyson (1806); Alexander Fleming (1881); Lucille Ball (1911); Richard Hofstadter (1916); Kevin Mitnick (1963) 

     

    Thursday, Aug. 7:

      * Birthday of famed World War I spy, "Mata Hari".  Her real name -- and what became of her daughters: 

    http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=48003

    Born: Nathaniel Greene (1742); Louis Leakey (1903); Ralph Bunche (1904); James Randi (1928); Garrison Keillor (1942)

     

    Friday, Aug. 8:

      * Spiro Agnew, U.S. vice-president, goes on television in 1973 to denounce allegations of receiving kickbacks as governor.  He would resign two months later:

    http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=429466

    Born: Emiliano Zapata, Bob Smith (1879); Dino De Laurentiis (1919);  Mel Tillis (1932); Dustin Hoffman (1937)

     

    Saturday, Aug. 9:

      * Richard Nixon's resignation letter becomes effective in 1974, making him the first U.S. president to resign.  Details on how the process works:

    http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=782145

    Born: Amadeo Avogadro (1776); Bob Cousy (1928); Rod Laver (1938); Sam Elliott (1944)

     

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    Sunday, Aug. 10: 

      *  The Los Angeles Dodgers are forced to forfeit their game in 1995 against the St. Louis Cardinals when baseballs are thrown onto the field en masse:

    http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=499432

    Born: Henri Nestlé (1814); Herbert Hoover (1874); Antonio Banderas (1960); SABR (1971)

     

     Monday, Aug. 11:

      * Babe Ruth becomes first baseball player to hit 500 home runs in a season on this day in 1929 at Cleveland's League Park.  But he does it as a Yankee, not a Red Sox:

    http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=184281

    Born: Alex Haley (1921); Jerry Falwell (1921); Fred Smith (1944); Steve Wozniak (1950)

     

    Tuesday, Aug. 12:

      *  IBM's Personal Computer (PC) released in 1981.  Growth of the industry since then:

     http://www.answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=190609

    Born: Christy Mathewson (1880); Cecil B. DeMille (1881); Erwin Schrödinger (1887); Buck Owens (1929); Mark Knopfler (1949)

     

    Wednesday, Aug. 13:

      * The Mayan calendar begins on this day in 3114 BC, according to the Lounsbury correlation:

    http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=149655

    Born: Annie Oakley (1860); Bert Lahr (1895); Alfred Hitchcock (1899); Felix Wankel (1902); Ben Hogan (1912)

     

    Thursday, Aug. 14:

      *  Churchill and Roosevelt sign the "Atlantic Charter" in 1941, outlining the postwar goals of the two countries.  For security reasons, it is released two days later:

    http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=288804

    Born: William Hutchinson (1586); Doc Holliday (1851); Earl Weaver (1930); David Crosby (1941); Steve Martin (1945)

     

    Friday, Aug. 15:

      * Woodstock Music and Arts Festival opens in 1969.  It would be the subject of a special edition of "Life Magazine":

    http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=103145

    Born: Napoleon Bonaparte (1769); Charles Comiskey (1859); Julia Child (1912); Ben Affleck (1972)

     

    Saturday, Aug. 16:

      * Roy Chapman, shortstop for the Cleveland Indians, is the only player killed in a Major League baseball game when he is hit in the head in the 1st inning:

    http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=39096

     Born: Amos Alonzo Stagg (1862); T.E. Lawrence (1888); George Meany (1894); Fess Parker (1924); Madonna (1958)

     

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    Sunday, Aug. 17:

      * Birthday of Pierre de Fermat, French mathematician, in 1601.  His "Last Theorem" would take centuries to prove:

    http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=2636

    Born: Davy Crockett (1786); Samuel Goldwyn (1882); Marcus Garvey (1887); Mae West (1893); Leslie Groves (1896); Robert De Niro (1943); Sean Penn (1960)

     

    Monday, Aug. 18:

      * American astronomer Asaph Hall discovers the Martian moon Phobos in 1877, a week after discovering its other moon, Deimos:

    http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=544039

    Born: Virginia Dare (1587); Meriwether Lewis (1784); Max Factor (1904);  Caspar Weinberger (1917); Roberto Clemente (1934); Robert Redford (1936)

     

    Tuesday, Aug. 19:

      * The USS Constitution defeats HMS Guerriere on this day in 1812, earning the nickname "Old Ironsides".  A relic of the battle is tracked down in this Google Answer: 

     http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=135607

    Born: Bernard Baruch (1870); Orville Wright (1871); Ogden Nash (1902); William Jefferson Clinton (1946)

      

    Wednesday, Aug. 20:

      *  H.P. Lovecraft, influential early American writer of horror and science fiction, born in 1890:

    http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=197774

    Born: Al Lopez (1908); Isaac Hayes (1942); Rajiv Gandhi (1944); Robert Plant (1948); John Hiatt (1952)

     

    Thursday, Aug. 21:

      * Nat Turner leads a slave revolt in 1831 at Southhampton County, VA.  William Styron's book about the revolt would be #2 on the best-seller list for fiction almost 150 years later :

    http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=597199

    Born: William "Count" Basie (1904); Wilt Chamberlain (1936); Kenny Rogers (1938); Sergey Brin (1973);

     

    Friday, Aug. 22:

      *  First experiments by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) with television start in 1932.  The motto of the BBC:

    http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=764199

    Born: Samuel Pierpont Langley (1834); Claude Debussy (1862); Dorothy Parker (1893); Leni Riefenstahl (1902); Deng Xiaoping (1904) ; Ray Bradbury (1920)

     

     Saturday, Aug. 23:

      * Slavery Abolition Act of 1833 outlaws slavery in the United Kingdom and all of its colonies:

    http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=524353

    Born: Oliver Hazard Perry (1785); Arnold Toynbee (1852); Edgar Lee Masters (1868); Gene Kelly (1912); Barbara Eden (1934); Kobe Bryant (1978)

     

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    Sunday, Aug. 24:

      * Printing of the Gutenberg Bible is completed in 1456.  The 46 remaining versions of the Bible, which is in Latin: 

     http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=417473

    Born: William Wilberforce (1759); James Weddell (1787); Jorge Luis Borges (1899); Yasser Arafat (1929); Vince McMahon (1945); Cal Ripken, Jr. (1960)

     

    Monday, Aug. 25: 

    *  Capt. James Cook begins his first voyage in 1768.  He would sail to New Zealand and Australia, including 45 days in what would become Cooktown:

    http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=214070

    Born: Allan Pinkerton (1819); Bret Harte (1836); Võ Nguyên Giáp (1912); Leonard Bernstein (1918); Sean Connery (1930); Tim Burton (1958) 

     

    Tuesday, Aug. 26:

      * The 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is certified by the Secretary of State in 1920, giving women the right to vote:

     http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=586476

    Born: Joseph Montgolfier (1740); Antoine Lavoisier (1743); Lee De Forest (1873); Peggy Guggenheim (1898); Albert Sabin (1906); Mother Teresa (1910); Ben Bradlee (1922)

    Wednesday, Aug. 27:

      *  On this day in 1967, 18 skydivers jump from above a cloud deck near Huron, OH and land in Lake Erie.  Sixteen die in the worst skydiving accident in history:

    http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=478942

    Born: Georg Hegel (1770); Theodore Dreiser (1871); Samuel Goldwyn (1882); Man Ray (1890); Lyndon B. Johnson (1908)

     

    Thursday, Aug. 28:

      * Tom Thumb, the first railroad engine in the U.S., demonstrated for the first time in 1830 near Baltimore:

    http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=552306

    Born: Leo Tolstoy (1828); Bruno Bettelheim (1903); Lou Piniella (1943); Shania Twain (1965)

     

    Friday, Aug. 29:

       * U.S. Air Force Academy opens in 1958 at Colorado Springs, CO.  At altitudes between 6,380 and 8,040 feet, it is one of the highest college campuses in the country:

    http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=394907

    Born: John Locke (1632); Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. (1809); Charles Kettering (1876); Ingrid Bergman (1915)

     

    Saturday, Aug. 30:

      *  Warren Buffett, head of Berkshire-Hathaway, born on this day in 1930.  A legendary investor, he departs from the norm when considering capital investments:

     http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=563709

    Born: Samuel Whitbread (1720); Ernest Rutherford (1871); Huey Long (1893); Roy Wilkins (1901); Ted Williams (1918); Robert Crumb (1943); Molly Ivins (1944)

     

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    Sunday, Aug. 31:

      * Vanguard Group creates the first "index fund" to mirror the S&P 500 on this day in 1976, based on John Bogle's academic work:

    http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=746646

    Born: Caligula (12 AD); Maria Montessori (1870); William Shawn (1907); Bernard Lovell (1913); Van Morrison (1945)

     

     

     

     

     

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