Archive for July 30th, 2009
Facts, Figures & Folklore
About the Month of August
July 30 : 02 days to August
Did you know that on August 9, 1945, Japan surrendered to the United States after the atomic bombing of Nagasaki, officially bringing an end to World War II?*
Other famous historical events to occur in August include:
- The first Gulf War began on August 2, 1990
- The dropping of the world’s first atomic bomb used in war (Hiroshima, Japan) on August 6, 1945*
- Congress approved the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, authorizing U.S. troops to enter the Vietnam War on August 7, 1964
- US President Richard Nixon resigned the Presidency in the face of likely impeachment for his role in the Watergate scandal on August 9, 1974
- The Berlin Wall was erected on August 15, 1961
- Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly across the United States on August 24, 1932
- Lady Diana died in a car crash in Paris, on August 31, 1997
*To date these are the only attacks with nuclear weapons in the history of warfare.
We’ll be presenting a new “Did You Know?” fact each day as we countdown to the month of August! So stop by again tomorrow.
Tisha B’Av (Jewish – Fast of Ab)
This Jewish holiday, which began last night at sundown, mourns the destruction of the First and Second Holy Temples in Jerusalem in 586 BCE and 70 CE. Many commemorate the day by fasting and by reciting a mournful liturgy.
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