Historic World Events / August (page 30)

August

List historic world events in August

June, 2016

  • 14 June

    Charles Lindbergh dies

    Charles Lindbergh dies

    Charles Lindbergh, the first man to accomplish a solo nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean, dies in Maui, Hawaii, at the age of 72. Charles Augustus Lindbergh, born in Detroit in 1902, took up flying at the age of 20. In 1923, he bought a surplus World War I Curtiss …

  • 14 June

    Rebels defeat Union force at the Battle of Wilson’s Creek

    Rebels defeat Union force at the Battle of Wilson’s Creek

    The struggle for Missouri erupts with the Battle of Wilson’s Creek, where a motley band of raw Confederates defeat a Union force in the southwestern section of the state. Union General Nathaniel Lyon, who commanded a force of 6,400 soldiers near Springfield, Missouri, was up against two Rebel forces commanded …

  • 14 June

    Chic’s “Good Times” hits #1 on the U.S. pop charts

    Chic’s “Good Times” hits #1 on the U.S. pop charts

    In the final decadent years of the disco era, the group Chic reached the height of their popularity just as their musical niche was about to disappear. They were fresh, they were sexy, they were massively successful, and while the death of disco brought their recording career to a premature …

  • 14 June

    Charles and Diana divorce

    Charles and Diana divorce

    After four years of separation, Charles, Prince of Wales and heir to the British throne, and his wife, Princess Diana, formally divorce. On July 29, 1981, nearly one billion television viewers in 74 countries tuned in to witness the marriage of Prince Charles, heir to the British throne, to Lady …

  • 13 June

    Hip Hop is born at a birthday party in the Bronx

    Hip Hop is born at a birthday party in the Bronx

    Like any style of music, hip hop has roots in other forms, and its evolution was shaped by many different artists, but there’s a case to be made that it came to life precisely on this day in 1973, at a birthday party in the recreation room of an apartment …

  • 13 June

    Percy Bysshe Shelley, poet, is born

    Percy Bysshe Shelley, poet, is born

    English Romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley is born on this day in Sussex, into a wealthy, aristocratic family. Shelley, the heir to his wealthy grandfather’s estate, was educated at Eton and Oxford. But after six months at the university, he was expelled for refusing to admit he wrote a controversial …

  • 13 June

    The Japanese emperor speaks

    The Japanese emperor speaks

    On this day in 1945, Emperor Hirohito broadcasts the news of Japan’s surrender to the Japanese people. Although Tokyo had already communicated to the Allies its acceptance of the surrender terms of the Potsdam Conference several days earlier, and a Japanese news service announcement had been made to that effect, …

  • 13 June

    Apache Chief Diablo is killed

    Apache Chief Diablo is killed

    Diablo, a chief of the Cibecue Apache, is killed during a battle with a competing band of Indians. Known as Eskinlaw to his own people, Diablo was a prominent chief of the Cibecue Apache, who lived in the White Mountains of Arizona. Initially, Diablo had attempted to cooperate with the …

  • 12 June

    MacArthur arrives in Japan

    MacArthur arrives in Japan

    On this day in 1945, Gen. Douglas MacArthur lands in Japan to oversee the formal surrender ceremony and to organize the postwar Japanese government. The career of Douglas MacArthur is composed of one striking achievement after another. When he graduated from West Point, MacArthur’s performance, in terms of awards and …

  • 11 June

    Battle of Mons

    Battle of Mons

    On August 23, 1914, in their first confrontation on European soil since the Battle of Waterloo in 1815, four divisions of the British Expeditionary Force (BEF), commanded by Sir John French, struggle with the German 1st Army over the 60-foot-wide Mons Canal in Belgium, near the French frontier. The Battle …