Monday, August 3, 2009

All about August


It is the eighth month of the year

It has 31 days

It was originally named 'Sextilis'

The name was changed to honor the

Roman Emperor 'Augustus'.

Birthstone: Peridot, Sardongy

Flower: Poppy, Gladiola

Symbolizes: Married, happiness

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Your Astrological Sign For August

LEO

Leos have regal and warm-hearted natures.

Leos are said to be protective of people close

to them, especially those who are weak. They

also have a strong need to be the center

of attention, and may be surprisingly sensitive.

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Today In History

1492: Three ships commanded by Christopher

Columbus depart from Palos de la Frontera,

Spain, on the voyage that leads to

the European discovery of North America.


1829: "William Tell," the final

opera of composer Gioacchino Rossini,

has its premiere in Paris.

1907: John D. Rockefeller's Standard Oil

Company is indicted for receiving

rebates from railroads as a means

of stifling competition.


1936: Sprinter Jesse Owens wins the first

of his four gold medals in the Olympic Games

in Berlin, tying the Olympic

record of 10.3 seconds in

the 100-meter dash.

1948: Writer Whittaker Chambers testifies

before Congress that Alger Hiss, a former

high government official, was a Communist

and a Soviet spy. Hiss is

later convicted of perjury

but maintains his innocence.

1958: The nuclear-powered submarine

USS Nautilus becomes the first

vessel to traverse the North

Pole while submerged.


1981: Air traffic controllers in the

United States go on an illegal strike.

When the strike continues, President

Ronald Reagan fires a majority

of the nation's air traffic

controllers later in the year.

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BORN ON THIS DAY

Habib Bourguiba, Tunisian president (1903)

Hamilton Fish, politician (1808)

Stanley Baldwin, British prime minister (1867)

Elisha Graves Otis, elevator inventor (1811)

Lance Alworth, wide receiver (1940)

Steven Millhauser, writer (1943)

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Daily Thoughts

I quote others to

better express myself

~

Friend derives from a

word meaning "free." A

friend is someone who

allows us the space and

freedom to be.

Debbie Alice

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I got the above from Susan's Daily Dose. She not only gives all these very interesting bits of information, but her letters are filled with the most beautiful graphics. To see a little of what I am talking about you can find some of her pages here. I have been enjoying her Daily Dose's now for a considerable over a year, and always look forward to them dropping into my mailbox each day.


8 comments:

  1. Great post for August Denise, with lots of interesting facts. I remember the USS Nautilus coming into Portland Harbour (Dorset), I believe after the crossing you mentioned.

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  2. Wow. Nice post, Denise. It must have taken more effor than most. I don't know how you do it. I have 9 blogs I think and it is almost an all day job as I try to get around and thank each person who visits one of them.

    I wanted to thank you for stopping at my Pick a Peck of Pixels blog. I am trying to make history with it and now since you stopped and left a comment you are part of it.


    Pick a Peck of Pixels

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  3. Wow thats a lot of August history. Thanks for gathering all those interesting facts :)

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  4. Tis a wonder of a post, full of facts.

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  5. Hi Denise,
    I was born in August so I really enjoyed reading all the info about this month. My sign is Virgo, I think it changes mid-month.
    Thanks so much.
    Sunny :)

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  6. Lovely post Denise.It's amazing all the information you read, on these blogs.
    Thanks for entertaining, and enlightening us at the same time ;)

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  7. Thanks for sharing this and the link Denise.

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  8. Very informative! And Leos roars! Haha

    AL

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