Historic World Events / August (page 3)

August

List historic world events in August

September, 2016

  • 21 September

    Johnson receives Democratic nomination for president

    Johnson receives Democratic nomination for president

    Lyndon B. Johnson is nominated to run for the presidency at the Democratic National Convention in Atlantic City, New Jersey. His running mate would be Hubert H. Humphrey. Former Vice President Johnson had assumed the reigns of government in November 1963 when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. Upon assuming …

  • 20 September

    Borden parents found dead

    Borden parents found dead

    On this day in 1892, Andrew and Abby Borden are found hacked to death in their Fall River, Massachusetts, home. Andrew was discovered in a pool of blood on the living room couch, his face nearly split in two. Abby was upstairs, her head smashed to pieces; it was later …

  • 20 September

    Joseph Priestley discovers oxygen

    Joseph Priestley discovers oxygen

    On this day in 1774, dissenting British minister Joseph Priestly, author of Observations on Civil Liberty and the Nature and Justice of the War with America, discovers oxygen while serving as a tutor to the sons of American sympathizer William Petty, 2nd Earl of Shelburne, at Bowood House in Wiltshire, …

  • 20 September

    Horace Greeley’s “The Prayer of Twenty Millions” is published

    Horace Greeley’s “The Prayer of Twenty Millions” is published

    New York Tribune editor Horace Greeley publishes a passionate editorial calling on President Abraham Lincoln to declare emancipation for all slaves in Union-held territory. Greeley’s blistering words voiced the impatience of many Northern abolitionists; but unbeknownst to Greeley and the public, Lincoln was already moving in the direction of emancipation. …

  • 19 September

    U.S. cargo ship strikes a mine near Saigon

    U.S. cargo ship strikes a mine near Saigon

    The American cargo ship Baton Rouge Victory strikes a mine laid by the Viet Cong in the Long Tao River, 22 miles south of Saigon. The half-submerged ship blocked the route from the South Vietnamese capital to the sea. Seven crewmen were killed.

  • 19 September

    Novelist Martin Amis is born

    Novelist Martin Amis is born

    Martin Amis, son of novelist Kingsley Amis, is born in Oxford on this day in 1949. Amis’ father is a prominent novelist whose 1954 book, Lucky Jim, an academic satire, brought him international fame. Martin Amis was the middle of three siblings. He attended 14 schools during the 1950s and …

  • 19 September

    Philippines hit hard by flooding

    Philippines hit hard by flooding

    Floodwaters finally recede in Luzon, Philippines, on this day in 1972, revealing devastation and hundreds dead. An astounding rainfall in July had caused rivers all over the large island to flood. One storm after another battered Luzon in July 1972. Manila received nearly 70 inches of rain during the month. …

  • 18 September

    Robert De Niro born

    Robert De Niro born

    On this day in 1943, Robert De Niro, considered one of the greatest actors in modern movie history, is born in New York City. De Niro’s many memorable performances include the creepy loner Travis Bickle in Taxi Driver (whose signature line was “You talkin’ to me?”), the boxer Jake LaMotta …

  • 18 September

    Paul Anka has a #1 hit with “(You’re) Having My Baby”

    Paul Anka has a #1 hit with “(You’re) Having My Baby”

    On August 24, 1967, 17 years after his first trip to the top of the pop charts, Paul Anka earns a #1 hit with “(You’re) Having My Baby,” a duet with singer Odia Cotes. Regrets? Perhaps Paul Anka’s had a few, but writing the lyrics to “My Way” would certainly …

  • 17 September

    King Philip’s War ends

    King Philip’s War ends

    In colonial New England, King Philip’s War effectively comes to an end when Philip, chief of the Wampanoag Indians, is assassinated by a Native American in the service of the English. In the early 1670s, 50 years of peace between the Plymouth colony and the local Wampanoag Indians began to …