Historic World Events / August (page 4)

August

List historic world events in August

September, 2016

  • 17 September

    Balloon crosses the Atlantic

    Balloon crosses the Atlantic

    The Double Eagle II completes the first transatlantic balloon flight when it lands in a barley field near Paris, 137 hours after lifting off from Preque Isle, Maine. The helium-filled balloon was piloted by Ben Abruzzo, Maxie Anderson, and Larry Newman and flew 3,233 miles in the six-day odyssey. Human …

  • 16 September

    U.S. bombing of Cambodia ceases

    U.S. bombing of Cambodia ceases

    After several days of intense bombing in support of Lon Nol’s forces fighting the communist Khmer Rouge in the area around Phnom Penh, Operations Arc Light and Freedom Deal end as the United States ceases bombing Cambodia at midnight. This was in accordance with June Congressional legislation passed in June …

  • 16 September

    Johnson signs Voting Rights Act

    Johnson signs Voting Rights Act

    On this day in 1965, President Lyndon Baines Johnson signs the Voting Rights Act, guaranteeing African Americans the right to vote. The bill made it illegal to impose restrictions on federal, state and local elections that were designed to deny the vote to blacks. Johnson assumed the presidency in November …

  • 16 September

    Atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki

    Atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki

    On this day in 1945, a second atom bomb is dropped on Japan by the United States, at Nagasaki, resulting finally in Japan’s unconditional surrender. The devastation wrought at Hiroshima was not sufficient to convince the Japanese War Council to accept the Potsdam Conference’s demand for unconditional surrender. The United …

  • 16 September

    “La Bamba” is a #1 hit for Los Lobos and, posthumously, Ritchie Valens

    “La Bamba” is a #1 hit for Los Lobos and, posthumously, Ritchie Valens

    In one of pop music’s most famous and beautiful turns of phrase, songwriter Don McLean called the date on which the world lost Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson “the Day the Music Died. ” But while three rising young pop stars may have died on …

  • 16 September

    Robert Frost leaves for a goodwill tour of U.S.S.R.

    Robert Frost leaves for a goodwill tour of U.S.S.R.

    Robert Frost leaves for the Soviet Union on this day in 1962. The goodwill tour is sponsored by the U.S. State Department in an effort to thaw Cold War relations. Frost’s poetry has established his international reputation as American’s unofficial poet laureate. While his best work appeared in earlier decades, …

  • 15 September

    North Vietnam and People’s Republic of China sign aid agreement

    North Vietnam and People’s Republic of China sign aid agreement

    The North Vietnamese newspaper Nhan Dan reports that the People’s Republic of China (PRC) has signed a new agreement to give Hanoi an undisclosed amount of aid in the form of an outright grant. Chinese support to the Communists in Vietnam had begun with their backing of the Vietminh in …

  • 15 September

    The attack on Cape Hatteras begins

    The attack on Cape Hatteras begins

    Union ships sail into North Carolina’s Hatteras Inlet, beginning a two-day operation that secures the area for the Federals and denies the Confederates an important outlet to the Atlantic. The Outer Banks is a series of long, narrow islands that separate Pamlico Sound from the Atlantic, with Hatteras Inlet as …

  • 15 September

    Hitchcock born

    Hitchcock born

    Alfred Hitchcock, the macabre master of moviemaking, is born in London on August 13, 1899. His innovative directing techniques and mastery of suspense made him one of the most popular and influential filmmakers of the 20th century. Born the son of a grocer, Hitchcock attended St. Ignatius College, a Jesuit …

  • 14 September

    Prince Sihanouk criticizes the United States

    Prince Sihanouk criticizes the United States

    Prince Norodom Sihanouk, ruler of neutral Cambodia, criticizes the United States about the attack on Thlock Track, a Cambodian village close to the South Vietnamese border. Sihanouk routinely challenged the United States and its South Vietnamese allies for border violations, but tacitly permitted communist forces to use his territory for …