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The 8th August 2013

It is the 220th day of the year (221st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 145 days remaining until the end of the year.

– Earliest day on which Melon Day can fall, while August 14 is the latest; celebrated on the second Sunday in August. (Turkmenistan)
– Farmer’s Day or Nane Nane, Swahili for “8-8”. (Tanzania)
– Father’s Day or Bā bā Day (爸爸節), Bā Bā is Mandarin for “father” and “8-8”, or August 8. (Taiwan)

On This Day in History

1876 – Thomas Edison receives a patent for his mimeograph.

1908 – Wilbur Wright makes his first flight at a racecourse at Le Mans, France. It is the Wright Brothers’ first public flight.

1929 – The German airship Graf Zeppelin begins a round-the-world flight.

1969 – At a zebra crossing in London, photographer Iain Macmillan takes the photo that becomes the cover of the Beatles album Abbey Road, one of the most famous album covers in recording history.

1974 – President Richard Nixon, in a nationwide television address, announces his resignation from the office of the President of the United States effective noon the next day.

Born this Day

1879 – Bob Smith, American physician and surgeon, founder of Alcoholics Anonymous (d. 1950)

1880 – Earle Page, Australian politician, 11th Prime Minister of Australia (d. 1961)

1889 – Jack Ryder, Australian cricketer (d. 1977)

1929 – Ronnie Biggs, English criminal, part of the Great Train Robbery of 1963

1935 – John Laws, Australian radio host

1937 – Dustin Hoffman, American actor

1939 – Paul Hogan, Australian comedian and actor

1949 – My Mom 🙂

1950 – Ken Kutaragi, Japanese businessman, created PlayStation

1953 – Nigel Mansell, English race car driver

1961 – The Edge, Irish singer-songwriter and guitarist (U2)

1965 – Angus Fraser, England cricketer

1966 – Chris Eubank, English boxer

1968 – Huey Morgan, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Fun Lovin’ Criminals)

1974 – Andy Priaulx, English race car driver

1978 – Louis Saha, French footballer

1981 – Roger Federer, Swiss tennis player

1984 – Devon McTavish, American soccer player

1985 – Toby Flood, English rugby player

1986 – Cody Lightning, American actor

1988 – Princess Beatrice of York

1989 – Hannah Miley, British swimmer

We Lost these people on this day

1863 – Angus MacAskill, Scottish giant (b. 1825) – …by his 20th year had attained 7 ft 4 in (2.24 m), eventually reaching 7 ft 9 in (2.36 m) within another year or two.

1909 – Mary MacKillop, Australian nun, co-founded the Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart (b. 1842)

1950 – Fergus McMaster, Australian businessman, founded Qantas (b. 1879)

1975 – Cannonball Adderley, American saxophonist (b. 1928)

2005 – Barbara Bel Geddes, American actress and author (b. 1922) – Best known as Miss Ellie in Dallas

2007 – Joybubbles, American phone phreak (b. 1949)
As a five-year old, Engressia discovered he could dial phone numbers by clicking the hang-up switch (“tapping”), and at the age of 7 he accidentally discovered that whistling at certain frequencies could activate phone switches.[4]

A student at the University of South Florida in the late 1960s, he was given the nickname “Whistler” due to his ability to place free long distance phone calls by whistling, with his mouth, the proper tones. After a Canadian operator reported him for selling such calls for $1 at the university, he was suspended and fined $25 but soon reinstated;[4] he later graduated in philosophy and moved to Tennessee.

According to FBI records, the phone company SBT&T first noticed his phreaking activities in summer 1968, and an employee of the Florida Bell Telephone Company illegally monitored Engressia’s telephone conversations and divulged them to the FBI.[4]

After law enforcement raided his house, he was charged with malicious mischief, given a suspended sentence, and quickly abandoned phreaking.

2010 – Patricia Neal, American actress (b. 1926) – The Day the Earth Stood Still – Breakfast at Tiffany’s

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