IT HAPPENED IN AUGUST BLOG Wednesday 7th August 2019


August has been an eventful month over the years, take a look


1 August 1774      Joseph Priestley, a Presbyterian minister and chemist identified a gas that was later named oxygen

2 August 1875      Britain’s first roller skating rink opened in Belgravia, London.

3 August 1990      A weather station at Nailston , Leicester recorded the highest temperature ever seen in Britain 37.1C

4 August 1944      Diarist Anne Frank was arrested by the Gestapo

4 August 1693      Champagne was invented by the Benedictime  monk Dom Perignon.

5 August 1962      Marilyn Munroe was found dead in bed

6 August 1890      The electric chair used for the first time to execute the murderer William Kemmler in New York

7 August 1840      Act of Parliament passed prohibiting the employment of boys as chimney sweeps

7 August 1926      The first British motor racing grand prix was run at Brooklands

8 August 1969      Beatles posed for the famous Abbey Road cover on the pedestrian crossing

9 August 1173      Construction of the Leaning Tower of Pisa began

10 August 1932   Film star Rin Tin Tin (a dog) died aged 14 (equivalent to 98 years in human years

11 August 1942   Film star Hedy Lamarr was granted a patent for frequency-hopping technology that later became the basis for wifi.

12 August 1851   Isaac Singer received a patent for his sewing machine

12 August 1887   Thomas Edison made the first sound recording onto a foil wrapped cylinder on the Edisonphone

12 August 1981   The IBM personal computer went on sale

13 August 1964   Britain’s last two executions of murderers took place in Liverpool and Manchester

14 August 1975   “The Film The Rocky Horror Picture Show” which would become the longest running in cinema history was released It cost $1.4 m to make and netted $140.2m at the box office

15 August 1969   The Woodstock music festival began in Bethel, New York

16 August 1962   Drummer Pete Best left the Beatles and was subsequebtly replaced by Ringo Starr

16 August 1977   Elvis Presley was found dead at his mansion in Memphis Tennessee

17 August 1896   Mrs Bridget Driscoll of Croydon, Surrey became the first pedestrian to be knocked down and killed by a motor vehicle in Britain. The car was travelling at 7.2 mph

18 August 1960   The first oral contraception was launched in the United States

19 August 1960   The USSR launched the Sputnik 5 spacecraft into orbit around the earth carrying two dogs named Belka (Squirrel)and Strelka (Little Arrow)

20 August 1667   John Milton’s Paradise Lost was entered in the Stationers’ Register

21 August 1959   Hawaii became the 50th US state

21 August 1961   Country singer Patsy Cline recorded Crazy

22 August 1642   King Charles I raised thehis standard at Nottingham, the English Civil War is considered to have begun

22 August 1960   Peter Cook, Dudley Moore, Alan Bennett and Jonathan Miller opened their satirical revue Beyond the Fringe at Edinburgh Festival Fringe

23 August 1617   The first one-way streets were established in London

24 August 79AD    Mount Vesuvius erupted burying Pompeii & Herculaneum, Italy in volcanic ash

24 August 1456   The Gutenberg bible was printed

25 August 1991   Linus Torvalds unveiled the first version of the Linux computer operating system

26 August 1936   The BBC transmitted the first high-definition television pictures from Alexandra Palace

27 August 1859   The first commercial productive oil well was drilled at Titusville, Pennsylvania

28 August 1963   Martin Luther King Jnr delivered his I Have A Dream speech to 200,000 people in Washington

28 August 1994   Sunday trading was legalised in England

29 August 1885   The first motorcycle was patented by Gottlielieb Daimler in Germany

29 August 1966   The Beatles performed their last concert before paying fans in San Francisco

30 August 1901   Hubert Cecil Booth, a Scot, patented a vacuum cleaner which sucked un dust and retained it by means of a filter

31 August 1888   The body of Mary Ann “Polly” Nichols, the first victim of Jack the Ripper found in London

31 August 1900   Coca-Cola first went on sale in Britain

31 August 1936   Elizabeth Cowell became the first female television announcer , speaking on the BBc.

31 August 1997   Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Fayed were killed in a car crash in Paris


“An intellectual says a simple thing in a hard way. An artist says a hard thing in a simple way.” – Charles Bukowski


Happiness is…letting August just happen


Whatever you do in life, always give 100%. Unless you’re donating blood…


Love is…a flame that never goes out


My Sweet Lord – George Harrison

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