CHICAGO, August 3, 2013 — The World Wide Web celebrates an anniversary this week, as does embryonic stem cell research.
Sunday, August 4 International Forgiveness Day
2013- The NFL preseason gets underway with the Hall of Fame Game. The Dallas Cowboys and Miami Dolphins kick off at 8:00 p.m. EDT on NBC.
1922- The American League All Star Team took to the field to play the Boston Red Sox with Lizzie Murphy, the first female major league player, at first base.
1862- To help finance the Civil War, the U.S. government collected its first income tax. That turned out to be a slippery slope now, didn’t it?
Monday, August 5 Work Like a Dog Day and Beer Day (That worked out nicely.)
2013- Over 37 million people in 15,000 communities will participate in National Night Out promoting community involvement in fighting crime.
1957- American Bandstand went national on ABC TV. Dick Clark hosted the show for over 30 years, where almost every major rock band made an appearance. (Video below)
1914- America’s first traffic light was installed in Cleveland. (Cleveland? Not New York?) The light was operated by a traffic officer in a nearby booth and had red and green lights and a buzzer to let drivers know when it was about to change.
Tuesday, August 6 Wiggle Your Toes Day
2013- Over 5,000 cars will be on display for Hot August Nights in Reno, Nev., “the largest classic car and nostalgic event in the country.” Events include drag races, a sock hop and live entertainment featuring Paul Revere and the Raiders.
1991- Tim Berners-Lee gave the world the World Wide Web. No patents, no royalties. He just gave it to us.
1890- The Cleveland Spiders’ Denton True Young pitched and won his first major league baseball game. Young was given the nickname “Cy” because his fastball made fences look like they’d been hit by a cyclone.
Wednesday, August 7 National Lighthouse Day
2013- Intersections: Arts and Special Education Conference will be held at the Kennedy Center featuring sessions aimed at providing arts education to students with disabilities. With funding cuts in both arts education and programs for the disabled, this will be a cool trick if they can pull it off.
1972- Yogi Berra inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Some favorite Yogi-isms: “Nobody goes there anymore because it’s too crowded.” “You can observe a lot just by watching.” “I’m not going to buy my kids an encyclopedia. Let them walk to school like I did.”
1882- An election day fight resulting in one death and three vigilante killings elevated the Hatfields and the McCoys from bickering neighbors to American lore.
Thursday, August 8 Happiness Happens Day
2013- The Washington Redskins open their preseason against the Tennessee Titans. Will RGIII make an appearance?
1986- Texas Rangers’ Toby Harrah didn’t have much time to enjoy his grand slam against the Orioles. Orioles sluggers hit two slams to boost their team to victory. Harrah was the only one who understood how the Astro’s Billy Hatcher felt when the same thing happened to him the following year.
1914- Ernest Shackleton and his crew sailed from England aboard the Endurance on an Antarctic expedition. After watching their ship founder and sink in pack ice, the entire crew survived 22 months stranded on Antarctic ice floes and a small island. Now that’s Endurance.
Friday, August 9 Book Lovers’ Day
2013- Google Latitude will be laid to rest as Google continues to discontinue many favorite services. A virtual Google graveyard has been established for those wishing to leave a flower for their dearest departed products.
2001- President George W. Bush announced support for federal funding of limited embryonic stem cell research.
1988- The Chicago Cubs beat the Mets in the first official night game at Wrigley Field. After Wrigley made its way to the 20th century by adding lights, it’s now clawing its way into the 21st when approval was finally given for the installation of a Jumbotron screen.
Saturday, August 10 Garage Sale Day (Should probably be replaced with Craig’s List Day)
2013- President Obama and his family arrive on Martha’s Vineyard for a week-long vacation.
1948- “Smile! You’re on Candid Camera!” Allen Funt’s hidden camera show, reality TV at its finest, premiered on ABC TV.
1776- England received word of the United States Declaration of Independence. News travelled slowly in the pre-internet days.
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