Category Archives: 20th Century

Historical Facts from 1901 to 2000 CE

August 9, 1956

On August 9, 1956, the first statewide, state-supported educational network went on the air in Alabama. WBIQ in Birmingham and WAIQ in Andalusia started airing programs as members of the Alabama Educational Television Commission. Several important programs were broadcast to … Continue reading

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August 8, 1969

On August 8, 1969, at a zebra crossing in London, England, photographer Iain Macmillan was able to capture with a photo the most famous image of four Beatles crossing a road in history. No actual zebras or beetles were harmed … Continue reading

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August 7, 1991

On August 7, 1991, ex-Panamanian strongman and CIA favorite Colonel Manuel Noriega was being tried in the United States for drug trafficking, racketeering and money laundering. He had petitioned the Court for the right to access some secret US documents … Continue reading

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August 4, 1954

On August 4, 1954, the ‘Uranium Rush’ began in Saskatchewan, Canada. Miners flocked to the area to try their hands at finding the valuable ore. A Uranium Rush is very similar to a Gold Rush, but with more nausea and … Continue reading

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August 3, 1943

On August 3, 1943, while visiting a military hospital tent during World War II, Lt. General George S. Patton encountered a soldier with no visible injuries. The soldier, 18-year-old Pvt. Charles H. Kuhl, had been tentatively diagnosed with psychoneurosis. When … Continue reading

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August 1, 1960

On August 1, 1960, Islamabad was declared as the capital city of the government of Pakistan. Islamagood was never even considered. Bud-a-bump-bump. I’m here all week folks and tip your waitresses.

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July 30

On July 30, 1956, the US Congress adopted “In God We Trust” as the official motto of the United States. Jehovah, Odin, Buddha, Zeus, The Giant Flying Spaghetti Monster, Cthulhu, and Cold Hard Cash all were at first happy and … Continue reading

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July 29, 1968

On July 29, 1968, Pope Paul VI reaffirmed that the Roman Catholic Church forbid its members to use artificial methods of birth control. He also reminded everyone that masturbation and the various forms of sodomy were still sins and could … Continue reading

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July 28, 1917

On July 28, 1917, James Weldon Johnson organized the “Silent Parade” in New York City to protest the murder, lynching, and physical violence against African-Americans in the United States. 10,000 African-Americans marched silently down 5th Avenue to protest the acts … Continue reading

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July 26, 1917

On July 26, 1917, the 22-year old J. Edgar Hoover was hired by the US Department of Justice, the forerunner of the FBI. It should be noted that Hoover did not sleep his way to the top position in the … Continue reading

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