Daily Almanac – Today in History

August 11th is the 223rd day of the year. There are 142 days remaining until the end of the year

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Today is Ingersoll Day, National Raspberry Bombe Day, Annual Medical Checkup Day, National Kool-Aid Day, National Raspberry Tart Day, Play in the Sand Day, Presidential Joke Day and Son and Daughter Day

Friday’s History Lesson:

AUG 11, 1866     The world’s first roller rink opened its doors, in Newport, R.I.

AUG 11, 1874     Harry S. Parmelee of New Haven, CT received a patent for the sprinkler head. (Just add water.)

AUG 11, 1877     Asaph Hall discovered Mars’ moon Deimos.

AUG 11, 1885     $100,000 was raised in the U.S. for a pedestal for the Statue of Liberty. (This explains why her plaque says “Give Me Your Tired And Your Poor.”)

AUG 11, 1896     The electric light bulb socket with pull chain was patented by Harvey Hubbell. (Yeah right. Quit yanking my chain)

AUG 11, 1906     The Talking Picture was patented by Eugene Lauste.

AUG 11, 1909     The S-O-S distress signal was used for the first time by an American ship, the “Arapahoe.”

AUG 11, 1914     Animation was patented by John Randolph Wray.

AUG 11, 1919     The Green Bay Packers football club was founded.

AUG 11, 1924     The first newsreel pictures of U.S. presidential candidates were taken.

AUG 11, 1929     Babe Ruth hit his 500th home run.

AUG 11, 1934     The first federal prisoners arrived at Alcatraz.

AUG 11, 1948     “ABC News” debut with its first newscast. (Dewey lead Truman in the polls. And in Olympic Soccer the United States 8, the Ethiopians didn’t)

AUG 11, 1951     The first baseball game was televised in color between the Boston Braves and the Brooklyn Dodgers from Ebbets Field on TV station WCBS in New York City. The Dodgers won, 8-1.

AUG 11, 1952     Hank Williams was fired from the Grand Ole Opry due to alcoholism.

AUG 11, 1965     A minor clash between the California Highway Patrol and two young blacks set off six days of rioting and looting in the predominantly black Watts section of Los Angeles …. In the six days that followed, 34 people were killed and more than 1,000 injured and caused $200 million in damages.

AUG 11, 1968     The start of National Apple Week in England. The Beatles launched their new record label, Apple Records.

AUG 11, 1969     Diana Ross helped launch the Jackson Five as she introduced over 300 guests to a super-trendy club in Beverly Hills.

AUG 11, 1972     Elvis and Priscilla Presley filed for divorce after less than five years of marriage.

AUG 11, 1976     Keith Moon, drummer for the Who, collapsed and was hospitalized in Miami.

AUG 11, 1978     Legionnaire’s disease bacteria was isolated in Atlanta.

AUG 11, 1984     During a voice test for a paid political radio address, President Reagan made a comment in jest that he had “signed legislation outlawing Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes”. The comments were broadcast, causing an international uproar. (Was this before or after he fell off his horse and hit his head?)

AUG 11, 1988     Al-Qaeda was formed. (Back then they were known as the New York Taxi Commission)

AUG 11, 1992     The Mall of America, the biggest shopping mall in the United States, opened in Bloomington, Minnesota.

AUG 11, 2003     NATO took over command of the peacekeeping force in Afghanistan, marking its first major operation outside Europe in its 54-year-history.

AUG 11, 2003     A heat wave in Paris resulted in temperatures rising to 112°F, leaving about 144 people dead.

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