WARSAW — Now that August has arrived, here’s a look at some events taking place this month, along with some sports, music and general trivia.
- If you were born in August, your Zodiac sign is either Leo or Virgo. The August Birthstone is Peridot and Sardonyx. August birth flowers are Gladiolus and Poppy.
- Aug. 15, 1969 — Woodstock began in a field near Yasgur’s Farm at Bethel, N.Y. The three-day concert featured 24 rock bands and drew a crowd of more than 300,000 young people. The event came to symbolize the counter-culture movement of the 1960’s.
- Aug. 5, 1962 — Film star Marilyn Monroe died at age 36 from an overdose of sleeping pills. She made 29 films during her career and came to symbolize Hollywood glamour.
- Aug. 2, 1939 — Albert Einstein wrote a letter to President Franklin D. Roosevelt concerning the possibility of atomic weapons. “A single bomb of this type carried by boat and exploded in a port, might very well destroy the whole port together with some of the surrounding territory.”
- Six years later, on Aug. 6, 1945, the first Atomic Bomb, developed by the U.S., was dropped on the Japanese port of Hiroshima. The name of the bomb was “Little Boy.” This was by the United States by the permission of the United Kingdom. The Quebec Agreement was a secret deal between the USA and the UK for the development of nuclear energy.
- The second nuclear bombing by the USA was on Aug. 9, 1945, in Nagasaki. The name of the bomb was “Fat Man.” This was the end of World War II. The recorded death tolls are estimates, but it is thought that about 140,000 of Hiroshima’s 350,000 population were killed in the blast, and that at least 74,000 people died in Nagasaki. Japan surrendered six days after this bombing.
- On Aug. 6, 1762, the first-ever sandwich was created, at least with such a name. It was named after the Earl of Sandwich when he requested a dish involving meat between two pieces of bread. As the story goes, he requested it as he was in the middle of a gambling game and didn’t want to interrupt it.
THIS MONTH IN MUSIC
- Aug. 13, 2012 — Taylor Swift released “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” the first single from her fourth album, Red. It was recognized by Guinness World Records as the fastest-selling single in digital history and won Best Song at the World Music Awards.
- Aug. 1, 1971 — “The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour” debuted on CBS-TV.
- Aug. 1, 1960 — Chubby Checker’s “The Twist” was released.
- Aug. 1, 1960 — Elvis Presley was named Public Enemy #1 by the East German newspaper, “Young World.”
THIS MONTH IN SPORTS
Aug. 16, 1982 — The Chicago Bears took the field for the first time under new head coach Mike Ditka in a preseason game at Jack Murphy Stadium. Rookie quarterback Jim McMahon first entered the game at the start of the fourth quarter with the Bears down 28-7 and led a furious comeback but came up short in a 28-27 loss.
Aug. 16, 1954 — The first issue of “Sports Illustrated” was published and featured Milwaukee Braves third baseman Eddie Matthews on the cover.
Aug. 19, 1909 — Indianapolis Motor Speedway, home of automobile race Indianapolis 500, opens in Speedway, Ind.
Aug. 4 — 60th Annual Amish Acres Arts & Crafts Festival, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., at The Barns at Nappanee, 1600 W. Market St., Nappanee.
Aug. 5 — August First Friday Car Show, 5-8 p.m., downtown Warsaw.
Aug. 6 — Bowling Against Bullying, noon – 3 p.m., The Bowling Alley, 1535 N. Detroit St., Warsaw.
Aug. 6 — Free Back to School Party, noon to 5 p.m., 322 N. Detroit St., Warsaw.