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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.
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; 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.
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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