The answers to those who call August the dullest month

For the Record

August 08, 2004|By KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE

If April is the cruelest month, August is the most laid-back.

Or at least that's its reputation.

But is it true nothing really happens during the dog days of August?

A look at the history calendar suggests otherwise.

In fact, it's a month full of memorable events.

Aug. 1: MTV launches in 1981 with "Video Killed the Radio Star" by the Buggles.

2: Iraq invades Kuwait in 1990, leading to the Persian Gulf War.

3: Mary Lou Retton becomes the first American woman to win an Olympic gold medal in gymnastics in 1984.

4: The bodies of three slain civil rights workers are found after their June 21, 1964, disappearance in Mississippi.

5: American Bandstand's first national broadcast in 1957.

6: The U.S. drops an atomic bomb on Hiroshima in 1945.

7: The U.S. embassies in Tanzania and Kenya are bombed in 1998.

8: President Richard Nixon announces his resignation in 1974.

9: Jesse Owens wins his fourth gold medal of the 1936 Olympics.

10: Missouri becomes the 24th state in 1821.

11: Kansas State Board of Education votes to remove the theory of evolution from the school assessment test in 1999.

12: Director, producer, and screenwriter Cecil B. De Mille, one of the most influential filmmakers of his day, is born in 1881.

13: The Berlin Wall is created with barbed wire in 1961.

14: Power outage extends from Ohio to New York and parts of Canada in 2003.

15: The first Woodstock Music Festival begins in 1969.

16: Elvis Presley dies in 1977 at 42.

17: Billy the Kid kills his first man in 1877.

18: The Police play their first show in Birmingham, England, in 1977.

19: Kansas City hosts the Republican National Convention of 1976, nominating Gerald Ford and Bob Dole.

20: The birth of the eight-hour workday in 1862.

21: William Quantrill and his raiders kill 150 men in Lawrence, Kan., in 1863.

22: Legendary jazz musician Count Basie records his "Jumpin' at the Woodside" in 1938.

23: The Beatles' movie Help opens in the U.S. in 1965.

24: Hurricane Andrew hits Florida in 1992, causing $26 billion in damage.

25: Singer Aaliyah dies in a plane crash in 2001.

26: The 19th Amendment is adopted in 1920, giving women the right to vote.

27: Boyz II Men's "I'll Make Love to You" is Billboard's No. 1 song for the next 14 weeks in 1994.

28: Martin Luther King Jr. gives his "I Have a Dream" speech at the March on Washington in 1963.

29: Gottlieb Daimler patents the first motorcycle in 1885.

30: U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Guion S. Bluford becomes the first African-American in space in 1983.

31: Princess Diana dies in a car crash in 1997.

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