Historic World Events / August (page 20)

August

List historic world events in August

July, 2016

  • 18 July

    Mini makes its debut

    Mini makes its debut

    On this day in 1959, the British Motor Corporation (BMC) launches its newest car, the small, affordable–at a price tag of less than $800–Mark I Mini. The diminutive Mini went on to become one of the best-selling British cars in history. The story behind the Mini began in August 1956, …

  • 18 July

    State Department official discusses “captive populations”

    State Department official discusses “captive populations”

    Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs Edward W. Barrett declares that most of the “captive populations” in Soviet satellite nations oppose the Russians. Barrett called for an accelerated program of U.S. propaganda designed to capitalize on this weakness in the communist bloc. Speaking before a luncheon for the Overseas …

  • 17 July

    Yangtze River peaks in China

    Yangtze River peaks in China

    On this day in 1931, the Yangtze River in China peaks during a horrible flood that kills 3.7 million people directly and indirectly over the next several months. This was perhaps the worst natural disaster of the 20th century. The Yangtze River runs through southern China, one of the most …

  • 17 July

    Sudden thunderstorm causes plane crash

    Sudden thunderstorm causes plane crash

    On this day in 1985, strong and sudden wind gusts cause a plane crash at the Dallas/Fort Worth Airport in Texas that kills 135 people. The rapid and unexpected formation of a supercell, an extremely violent form of thunderstorm, led to the tragedy. Delta Flight 191 left Fort Lauderdale, Florida, …

  • 17 July

    Jackie Joyner-Kersee wins gold in heptathlon, again

    Jackie Joyner-Kersee wins gold in heptathlon, again

    On this day in 1992, Jackie Joyner-Kersee becomes the first woman ever to win two consecutive Olympic gold medals in the heptathlon. Born and raised in East St. Louis, Jackie Joyner overcame poverty and chronic asthma to win a scholarship to UCLA, where she starred on the basketball and track …

  • 16 July

    A daughter poisons her father

    A daughter poisons her father

    Francis Blandy falls into a coma and dies in his home outside London, England. Later that night, Blandy’s daughter Mary offered one of the family’s servants a large sum of money to help her get to France immediately. Mary was forced to flee on her own when he refused, but …

  • 16 July

    Chambers accuses Hiss of being a communist spy

    Chambers accuses Hiss of being a communist spy

    In hearings before the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC), Whittaker Chambers accuses former State Department official Alger Hiss of being a communist and a spy for the Soviet Union. The accusation set into motion a series of events that eventually resulted in the trial and conviction of Hiss for perjury. …

  • 16 July

    Truman signs United Nations Charter

    Truman signs United Nations Charter

    President Harry S. Truman signs the United Nations Charter and the United States becomes the first nation to complete the ratification process and join the new international organization. Although hopes were high at the time that the United Nations would serve as an arbiter of international disputes, the organization also …

  • 14 July

    Washington receives highest Freemason rank

    Washington receives highest Freemason rank

    On this day in 1753, 21-year-old Virginian George Washington is declared a Master Mason in a Masonic ritual performed by his fellow Freemasons during a secret ceremony in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Washington, who belonged to Alexandria Lodge No. 22, had been initiated into the Masons at age 20 on November 4, …

  • 13 July

    Court upholds court-martial conviction of officer who participated in demonstration

    Court upholds court-martial conviction of officer who participated in demonstration

    The U.S. Court of Military Appeals in Washington upholds the 1965 court-martial of Second Lieutenant Henry H. Howe, who had been sentenced to dismissal from the service and a year at hard labor for participating in an antiwar demonstration.