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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.

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.

Eruption of Vesuvius – Anniversary
Aug 24 all-day

Aug 24, AD 79. Anniversary of the eruption of Vesuvius, an active volcano in southern Italy, which destroyed the cities of Pompeii, Stabiae and Herculaneum. Pliny the Younger, who escaped the disaster, wroteof it to the historian Tacitus: [ B] lack and horrible clouds, broken bysinuous shapes of flaming winds, were opening with long tongues of fire.

St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacre – Anniversary
Aug 24 all-day

Aug 24, 1572. Anniversary of the massacre in Paris and throughout France of thousands of Protestant Huguenots. The massacre began when the church bells tolled at dawn on Saint Bartholomews Day, Aug 24, 1572, and continued for several days. Pope Gregory XIII ordered a medal struck tocommemorate the event, but Protestant countries abhorred the killings, estimated at 5,000 to 30,000.

Althea Gibson’s Birthday – Anniversary
Aug 25 all-day

Aug 25, 1927. Born at Silver, SC, Althea Gibson learned paddle tennis by chance as a child when her block of W 143rd St in New York wasdesignated as a Police Athletic League play street. She overcame great financial and social adversity and eventually won 10 consecutive national titles in the American Tennis Association, a league for black players. On Aug 28, 1950, she became the first black player to compete in the national tennis championship at Forest Hills, NY. A few years later, she became the first black woman to win the singles championship at Wimbledon. In her prime, she was ranked as high as seventh in the US, winning titles at the French Open, Wimbledon and US Nationals at Forest Hills. She died at East Orange, NJ, Sept 28, 2003.

Founders Day – National Park Service
Aug 25 all-day

Celebrated within the National Park Service of the US to commemorate its founding on Aug 25, 1916. Founders Day is an opportunity for US parks to show pride, connect with visitors and reflect on the importance of the National Park Service mission.

Leonard Bernstein’s Birthday – Anniversary
Aug 25 all-day

Aug 25, 1918. American conductor and composer Leonard Bernstein was born at Lawrence, MA. One of the greatest conductors in American music history, he first conducted the New York Philharmonic Orchestra at age 25 and was its director from 1959 to 1969. His musicals include West Side Story and On the Town, and his operas and operettas include Candide. He died five days after his retirement, Oct 14, 1990, at New York, NY.

Paris Liberated During World War II – Anniversary
Aug 25 all-day

Aug 25, 1944. As dawn broke, the men of the Second French Armored Division entered Paris, France, ending the long German occupation ofthe City of Light. That afternoon General Charles de Gaulle led a parade down the Champs Elyses. Though Hitler had ordered the destruction of Paris, General Dietrich von Choltitz, the German occupying-officer, refused that order and instead surrendered to French Major General Jacques Le Clerc.

The Wizard of Oz movie released – Anniversary
Aug 25 all-day

Aug 25, 1939. This motion-picture classic, directed by VictorFleming, was a musical adaptation of the L. Frank Baum childrens book with both black-and-white and color sequences. It starred Judy Garland as Dorothy as well as Frank Morgan as the Wizard (and four other characters), Ray Bolger as the Scarecrow, Bert Lahr as the Lion, Jack Haley as the Tin Man and Margaret Hamilton as the Wicked Witch of the West. Nominated for sixAcademy Awards, it won two for best original music score and best song, Over the Rainbow (Harold Arlen music and E.Y. Harburg lyrics).

Krakatoa Eruption – Anniversary
Aug 26 all-day

Aug 26, 1883. Anniversary of the biggest explosion in historictimes. The eruption of the Indonesian volcanic island Krakatoa (Krakatau) was heard 3,000 miles away, created tidal waves 120 feet high (killing 36,000 people), hurled five cubic miles of earth fragments into the air (some to a height of 50 miles) and affected the oceans and the atmosphere for years.

National Dog Day (US)
Aug 26 all-day

Aug 26. More people in the US have dogs for pets than any otheranimal. Why? Because they are loving and loyal companions. They treat us better than we treat each other. Here is one day to recognize and honor themfor their love, loyalty and lifesaving skills.

Women’s Equality Day (US)
Aug 26 all-day

Anniversary of the certification of the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution giving women the right to vote is also Women’s Equality Day.

First Commercial Oil Well – Anniversary
Aug 27 all-day

Aug 27, 1859. W.A. Uncle Billy Smith discovered oil in a shaft being sunk by Colonel E.L. Drake at Titusville, in western Pennsylvania. Drilling had reached 69 feet 6 inches, when Smith saw a dark film floating on the water below the derrick floor. Soon 20 barrels of crude were being pumped each day. The first oil was refined to make kerosene for lighting, replacing whale oil. Later it was refined to make gasoline for cars. The first gas station opened in 1907.

Lyndon Baines Johnson’s Birthday – Anniversary
Aug 27 all-day

Aug 27, 1908. The 36th president of the US succeeded to the presidency following the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Johnsons term of office: Nov 22, 1963 Jan 20, 1969. In 1964 he said: The challenge of the next half century is whether we have the wisdom to use [our] wealth to enrich and elevate our national life and to advance the quality of American civilization. Johnson was born near Stonewall, TX, and died at San Antonio, TX, Jan 22, 1973. His birthday is observed as a holiday in Texas.

Death of Emmitt Till – Anniversary
Aug 28 all-day

Aug 28, 1955. Emmett Till, a 14-year-old African-American teenager from Chicago visiting relatives in Money, MS, was murdered on this date by a group of white men angry at Tills reported flirtation with a white woman. The Till murder and the acquittal of two of the men involved brought the nations attention to racial tensions in the South and helped sparkcivil rights protests later most famously, Rosa Parkss refusal to give up her seat to a white man on a municipal bus in Montgomery, AL, in December of that year.

March on Washington – Anniversary
Aug 28 all-day

Aug 28, 1963. More than 250,000 people attended this civil rights rally at Washington, DC, at which Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, made his famous I have a dream speech.

‘According to Hoyle Day’
Aug 29 all-day

Aug 29, 1769. A day to remember Edmond Hoyle and a day for funand games according to the rules. He is believed to have studied law. For many years he lived at London, England, and gave instructions in the playing of games. His Short Treatise on the game of whist (published in 1742)became a model guide to the rules of the game. Hoyles name became synonymous with the idea of correct play according to the rules, and the phrase according to Hoyle became a part of the English language. Hoyle was born at London about 1672 and died there.

Amistad Seized – Anniversary
Aug 29 all-day

Aug 29, 1839. In January 1839, 53 Africans were abducted nearmodern-day Sierra Leone, taken to Cuba and sold as slaves. While being transferred to another part of the island on the ship Amistad, the Africans, led by Cinque, grabbed control of the ship, telling the surviving crew to take them back to Africa. However, the crew secretly changed course, and the ship sailed to Long Island, NY, where it and its cargo were seized as salvage. The Amistad was towed to New Haven, CT, where the Africanswere imprisoned and a lengthy legal battle began to determine if they wereproperty to be returned to Cuba, salvage for the US Coast Guard or free men. John Quincy Adams took their case all the way to the Supreme Court, where on Mar 9, 1841, it was determined that they were free and could return to Africa.

Hurricane Katrina Strikes Gulf Coast – Anniversary
Aug 29 all-day

Hurricane KatrinaAug 29, 2005. After hitting the southern Florida coast on Aug 25, Hurricane Katrina moved into the Gulf of Mexico and grew into one of the most devastating hurricanes in US history. On this date, as a Category 3 storm, it struck Buras, LA, and surrounding areas, destroying communities up and down the Gulf Coast. Levees in New Orleans were breached, and within two days more than 80 percent of the city was underwater, strandingtens of thousands of people. The death toll in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida was more than 1,300, with more than 1,000 fatalities coming in Louisiana. Thousands remained missing at the end of 2005. The estimated one million people evacuated before and after the storm accounted for the largest movement of people in the US since the Great Depression and the Civil War. And with $ 100 billion to $ 200 billion in damage over 90,000 square miles, Hurricane Katrina was the most expensive natural disaster in US history.

Image courtesy of Pixabay user cgcolman, CC0.

Shay’s Rebellion – Anniversary
Aug 29 all-day

Aug 29, 1786. Daniel Shays, veteran of the battles of Lexington, Bunker Hill, Ticonderoga and Saratoga, was one of the leaders of more than 1,000 rebels who sought redress of grievances during the depressiondays of 1786 87. They prevented general court sessions, and on Sept 26 they prevented Supreme Court sessions at Springfield, MA. On Jan 25, 1787, they attacked the federal arsenal at Springfield; Feb 2, Shayss troopswere routed and fled. Shays was sentenced to death but pardoned June 13, 1788. Later he received a small pension for services in the American Revolution.

Summer Bank Holiday – (UK)
Aug 29 all-day

Monday 29 August 2016 has been designated as the Summer Bank Holiday in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelly’s Birthday – Anniversary
Aug 30 all-day

Aug 30, 1797. English novelist Mary Shelley, daughter of philosopher William Godwin and feminist Mary Wollstonecraft and wife of poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, was born at London, England, and died there Feb 1, 1851. In addition to being the author of the famous novel Frankenstein, Shelley is important in literary history for her work in the editing and publishing of her husbands unpublished work after his early death.

Ted Williams’ Birthday – Anniversary
Aug 30 all-day

Aug 30, 1918. Born Theodore Samuel Williams at San Diego, CA, Ted Williams played his first major league baseball game for the Boston Red Sox on Apr 22, 1939. In the years that followed, he became known as perhaps the best hitter ever to play the game. His career batting average was. 344, and his record average of. 406 set during the 1941 season stands unsurpassed. He played 19 seasons for the Red Sox, but during the prime of his career, he missed three full seasons while serving as a navy pilot in WWII and most of two seasons serving as a marine pilot in the Korean War. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1966. He died July 5, 2002, at Inverness, FL.

Image: 1948 Baseball card, By Leaf International – Heritage Auctions, Public Domain,

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