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The GeneaBloggersTRIBE leadership team compiled this calendar of ideas with the help of Chase’s Calendar of Events. As you look at the listings, think how they might relate to your genealogical research, stories of handed down the family tree, historical context for you ancestors, or your own memories.

Davy Crockett’s Birthday – Anniversary
Aug 17 all-day

Aug 17, 1786. American frontiersman, bear hunter, soldier and politician, born at Greene County, TN. After losing a reelection bid torepresent Tennessee in Congress, Crockett moved to the colony of Texas and joined the settlers effort to gain independence from Mexico. He died during the final heroic defense of the Alamo on Mar 6, 1836, at San Antonio, TX. The larger-than-life figure once boasted: I can run faster, walk longer, leap higher, speak better and tell more and bigger lies.

Fulton Steamboat Sails – Anniversary
Aug 17 all-day

Aug 17, 1807. Robert Fulton began the first American steamboattrip between Albany and New York, NY, on a boat later called the Clermont. After years of promoting submarine warfare, Fulton engaged in a partnership with Robert R. Livingston, the US minister to France, allowing Fulton to design and construct a steamboat. His first success came in August 1803 when he launched a steam-powered vessel on the Seine. That same year the US Congress granted Livingston and Fulton exclusive rights to operate steamboats on New York waters during the next 20 years. The first Albany New York trip took 32 hours to travel the 150-mile course. Although his efforts were labeled Fultons Folly by his detractors, his success allowed the partnership to begin commercial service the next year, Sept 4, 1808.

Mae West’s Birthday – Anniversary
Aug 17 all-day

Aug 17, 1893 (some sources say 1892). The stage and screen siren, famous for her naughty wisecracks, was born Mary Jane West at Brooklyn, NY. She acted in vaudeville from age five and made her Hollywood debut in 1932. Unique among stars in that she wrote her own plays and film scripts mostly concerning the joys of men and sex. Her Broadway play Sex resulted in her conviction for public obscenity in 1927 and she served time for eight days. Master of the risqu bon mot, West said in Im No Angel (1933),When Im good, Im very, very good, but when Im bad, Im better. She died Nov 22, 1980, at Los Angeles, CA.

19th Amendment Ratified – Anniversary
Aug 18 all-day

Women received the right to vote on 18 August 1920 when the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution was ratified.

First Mail Order Catalog – Anniversary
Aug 18 all-day

Aug 18, 1872. The first mail-order catalog was published by Montgomery Ward. It was only a single sheet of paper. By 1904 the Montgomery Ward catalog weighed four pounds. In 1985 Montgomery Ward closed its catalog operation; in 2000 it announced the closing of its retail stores.

Serendipity Day
Aug 18 all-day

Aug 18. Serendipity is the faculty of making valuable and wonderful discoveries not sought for. This faculty is within us and this annual day encourages everyone to bring more serendipity into their lives and the lives of others. Make the world a happier place one person at a time.

Virginia Dare’s Birthday – Anniversary
Aug 18 all-day

Aug 18, 1587. (Old Style date.) Virginia Dare, the first child of English parents to be born in the New World, was born to Ellinor and Ananias Dare, at Roanoke Island, NC, on this date. When a ship arrived to replenish their supplies in 1591, the settlers (including Virginia Dare)had vanished without leaving a trace of the settlement.

Black Cow Root Beer Float Created – Anniversary
Aug 19 all-day

Aug 19, 1893. Frank J. Wisner, owner of Cripple Creek Brewing, served the first root beer float in Cripple Creek, CO. Inspired by the moonlit view of snowcapped Cow Mountain, he added a scoop of ice cream to his Myers Avenue Red root beer and began serving it as the Black Cow Mountain. Kids loved it and shortened the name to Black Cow. Cripple Creek Brewing still sells beverages based on the original formulas.

Coco Chanel’s Birthday – Anniversary
Aug 19 all-day

using mens clothing (pants) for womens wear; creating simple, comfortable clothing that was nonetheless elegant; making dramatic use of costume jewelry (especially ropes of pearls);and popularizing the little black dress and sportswear. She was the first couturier to put her name on a signature perfume: Chanel No. 5 (created in 1921, it was an immediate sensation and today sells every 30 seconds around the world). After closing her shop with the outbreak of WWII, Chanel reopened it in 1954 and introduced her signature suit of collarless, bias-trimmed jacket with skirt. Elegance does not consist in putting on a new dress, she once stated. The fashion icon died on Jan 10, 1971, at Paris,France.

Gene Roddenberry’s Birthday – Anniversary
Aug 19 all-day

Aug 19, 1921. The creator of the popular TV series Star Trek, Gene Roddenberry was born at El Paso, TX. Turning from his first careeras an airline pilot to writing, he created one of the most successful TV science fiction series ever. The original series, which ended its run in 1969, lives on in reruns and led to other popular spin-off series. Numerousfilms also have been spawned from the original concept. Roddenberry died Oct 24, 1991, at Santa Monica, CA.

National Aviation Day
Aug 19 all-day

Aug 19. Presidential Proclamation 2343, of July 25, 1939, covers all succeeding years. Always Aug 19 of each year since 1939. Observed annually on birth anniversary of Orville Wright, who piloted first self-powered flight in history, Dec 17, 1903. First proclaimed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

National Radio Day
Aug 20 all-day

National Radio Day is a time to honor one of the most longstanding electronic media and its role in our everyday lives. Radio delivers information, news, entertainment and company to millions of Americans every hour of every day. Although there is not one authoritative source on the history of National Radio Day, it has been celebrated since the early 1990son August 20. Perhaps it was decided that August 20 would be an appropriate day because 8MK (now WWJ) in Detroit, first broadcast on August 20, 1920.

St. Stephen’s Day – Hungary
Aug 20 all-day

St. Stephen’s Day is a national holiday in Hungary and commemorates the canonization of the founder of Hungary.

American Bar Association founded – Anniversary
Aug 21 all-day

Aug 21, 1878. Organized at Saratoga, NY.

Hawaii – Admission Day
Aug 21 all-day

Aug 21, 1959. President Dwight Eisenhower signed a proclamation admitting Hawaii to the Union. The statehood bill had passed the previousMarch with a stipulation that statehood should be approved by a vote of Hawaiian residents. The referendum passed by a huge margin in June, and Eisenhower proclaimed Hawaii the 50th state on Aug 21.

Lincoln-Douglas Debates – Anniversary
Aug 21 all-day

Aug 21 Oct 15, 1858. At Ottawa, IL, Abraham Lincoln began aseries of debates throughout Illinois with Stephen A. Douglas that would propel Lincoln to national notoriety. Republican Lincoln was challenging Democrat Douglass bid for reelection to the US Senate. The two men conducted seven spirited public debates that often wrestled with the question of slavery in US territories. Although Douglas won reelection, Lincolns eloquence gained him acclaim and he was chosen to be the Republican Partys candidate for president in the 1860 elections. In 1860 Lincoln defeated Douglas tobecome president.

Poet’s Day
Aug 21 all-day

A day for all poets to celebrate their special talents and the vision that makes them so wonderful and dear. Poets Day is a time to sharespecial thoughts about poets and poetry.

Dorothy Parker’s Birthday – Anniversary
Aug 22 all-day

Aug 22, 1893. Born Dorothy Rothschild at West End, NJ, the acclaimed poet, critic, author and wit was known as the wittiest woman inAmerica. She said, I hate writing, I love having written. During her career, Parker wrote for Vanity Fair, The New Yorker (for whom she was anoriginal contributor) and other top periodicals, and was one of the founding members of the elite literary group the Algonquin Round Table. Strong,albeit subtle, critiques of sexism were prevailing themes in her works, along with critiques of all other forms of social inequality. Parker was found dead in her New York City residential hotel on June 7, 1967.

Mormon Choir First Performance – Anniversary
Aug 22 all-day

Aug 22, 1847. What would later become the world-famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir gave its first public performance at Salt Lake City, UT,for an outdoor meeting of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.Widely known for its concert tours, recordings and weekly radio and television broadcasts from Temple Square, the choirs radio program Music and the Spoken Word is the longest continuously running radio program in network history, dating back to 1929.

Ray Bradbury’s Birthday – Anniversary
Aug 22 all-day

Aug 22, 1920. Born at Waukegan, IL, Ray Bradbury was one of the preeminent science fiction/ fantasy writers of the 20th century. His body of work, which critiqued social mores and depicted the consequences of unfettered technology, is considered timeless and transcends generations. Notable works include Something Wicked This Way Comes, The Body Electric and Fahrenheit 451, his most famous novel. Awarded a Special Citation by the Pulitzer Board (2007) for his oeuvre, Bradbury died June 5, 2012, at Los Angeles, CA. He once wrote, Recreate the world in your own image and make it better for your having been here.

Vietnam Conflict begins – Anniversary
Aug 22 all-day

Aug 22, 1945. Less than a week after the Japanese surrender ended WWII, a team of Free French parachuted into southern Indochina in response to a successful coup by a Communist guerrilla named Ho Chi Minh in theFrench colony.

Edgar Lee Masters’ Birthday – Anniversary
Aug 23 all-day

Aug 23, 1869. American poet and author of the Spoon River Anthology. He was born at Garnett, KS, and he died at Melrose Park, PA, Mar5, 1950.

Gene Kelly’s Birthday – Anniversary
Aug 23 all-day

Aug 23, 1912. Actor, dancer, director, choreographer born at Pittsburgh, PA. His movies included the musicals Singin in the Rain andAn American in Paris. Kelly died at Beverly Hills, CA, Feb 2, 1996.

Sacco-Vanzetti Execution – Anniversary
Aug 23 all-day

Aug 23, 1927. Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti were electrocuted at the Charlestown, MA, prison on this date. Convicted of a shoe factory payroll robbery during which a guard had been killed, Sacco and Vanzetti maintained their innocence to the end. Six years of appeals marked this American cause clbre during which substantial evidence was presented to show that both men were elsewhere at the time of the crime. On the 50th anniversary of their execution, Massachusetts Governor Michael S. Dukakis proclaimed Aug 23, 1977, a memorial day, noting that the 1921 trial had been permeated by prejudice.

British Invade Washington – War of 1812 Anniversary
Aug 24 all-day

Aug 24 25, 1814. British forces briefly invaded and raided Washington, DC, burning the Capitol, the presidents house and most other public buildings. President James Madison and other high US government officials fled to safety until British troops (not knowing the strength of their position) departed the city two days later.


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