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Japan accepts terms of surrender and The Rocky Horror Picture Show debuts!

On August 14 in;

 

1040, King Duncan I is killed in battle against his first cousin and rival Macbeth. The latter succeeds him as King of Scotland;

 

1935, The Social Security Act, creating a government pension system for the retired, is passed;

 

1936, Rainey Bethea is hanged in Ownesboro, Kentucky, in the last public execution in the United States;

 

1945, Japan accepts the Allied terms of surrender in WWII;

 

1975, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, the longest-running release in film history, opens at the USA Theater in Westwood , Los Angeles, CA. and in 

 

2003, A widescale blackout affects the northeast United States and Canada. 

 

 

Scorching in Chicago and Gift of the Magi author exits from prison

On July 24 in:

 

1935, The Dust Bowl heat wave reaches its peak, sending temperatures to 109 degrees  in Chicago, Illinois and 104 in Milwaukee, WI.;

 

1897, American pilot Amelia Earhart is born;

 

1901, O. Henry is released from prison in Columbus, Ohio after serving three years for embezzlement from a bank ;

 

1567, Mary, Queen of Scots, is forced to abdicate and replaced by her 1-year-old son James VI; and in

 

1915, The passenger ship S.S. Eastland capsizes while tied to a dock in the Chicago River. A total of 844 passengers and crew are killed in the largest loss of lilfe disaster from a single shipwreck on the Great Lakes. 

Joe DiMaggio and a trip to the moon

On July 16 in:

 

1951, The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger is published;

 

1945, Manhattan Project:  The Atomic Age begins when the United States successfully detonates a plutonium-based test nuclear weapon near Alamogordo, New Mexico;

 

1969, Apollo program:  Apollo 11, the first mission to land astronauts on the Moon, is launched from the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Kennedy, Florida;

 

1782, First performance of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's opera Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail; 

 

1941, Joe DiMaggio hits safely for the 56the consecutive game, a streak that still stands as a MLB record;

 

1935, the world's first parking meter is installed in Oklahome City, Oklahoma; and in

 

1956, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus closes its very last "Big Tent" show in Pittsburgh, PA due to changing economics.  All subsequent circus shows will be held in arenas. 

Apple II, Equal Pay Act and the first public zoo

On June 10 in:

 

1963, the Equal Pay Act is signed into law by John Kennedy. It aims at abolishing wage disparity based on sex;

 

1692, Salem witch trials:  Bridget Bishop is hanged at Gallows Hill near Salem, Massachusetts, for "certaine Detestable Acts called Witchcraft and Sorceries";

 

1977, the Apple II, one of the first personal computers, goes on sale;

 

1935, Dr. Robert Smith takes his last drink and Alcoholics Anonymous is founded in Akron, Ohio, by him and Bill Wilson;

 

1940, World War II,  Italy declares war on France and the United Kingdom; and in

 

1793, the Jardin des Plantes museum opens in Paris.  A year later, it becomes the first public zoo.

 

 

 

 

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