August

 

August 1, 1717 – Nicholas Rowe is appointed British Poet Laureate by George I

August 1, – 1927 Earliest date for a film to be considered for the Academy Awards

August 1, 1960 – Chubby Checker releases “The Twist”

August 1, 1963 – Beatles Book is sold out on its 1st day of sale

August 1, 1964 – Beatles’ single “A Hard Day’s Night” goes #1 & stays #1 for 2 weeks

August 1, 1981 – MTV premieres at 12:01 AM

August 2, 1865 – Lewis Carroll publishes “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”

August 2, 1877 – SF Public Library opens with 5,000 volumes

August 2, 1914 – Sherlock Holmes Adventure “His Last Bow” takes place

August 2, 1961 – Beatles 1st gig as house band of Liverpool’s Cavern Club

August 2, 1973 – “American Graffiti” directed by George Lucas and starring Richard Dreyfuss and Ron Howard premieres at the Locarno International Film Festival, Switzerland

August 2, 1982 – Roger Ebert’s “Movie News” premieres on ABC FM network

August 3, 1829 – Gioacchino Rossini’s “William Tell” premieres in Paris

August 3, 1897 – John McNally’s musical “Good Mr Best” premieres in NYC

August 3, 1939 – Jean Genet’s “Ondine” premieres in Paris

August 3, 1958 – The Billboard Hot 100 is founded

August 3, 1963 – Allan Sherman releases “Hello Mudda, Hello Fadda”

August 3, 1963 – Beatles final performance at Cavern Club in Liverpool

August 3, 1966 – South African government bans Beatle records

August 3, 1992 – “Unforgiven” directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman and Morgan Freeman premieres in Los Angelese (Best Picture 1993)

August 4, 1821 – 1st edition of Saturday Evening Post (publishes until 1969)

August 4, 1919 – Rodin Museum opens in Paris in The hôtel Biron containing works left to the state by the sculptor Auguste Rodin

August 4, 1956 – Elvis Presley releases “Hound Dog”

August 4, 1984 – Prince’s “Purple Rain” album goes #1 & stays #1 for 24 weeks

August 4, 2015 – Muppets Missy Piggy and Kermit the Frog announce the end to their relationship on Twitter

August 5, 1924 – Comic strip “Little Orphan Annie” by Harold Gray debuts

August 5, 1926 – 1st talkie movie “Don Juan” at Warner Theatre, NY

August 5, 1953 – “From Here to Eternity” based on book by James Jones, directed by Fred Zinnemann and starring Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift and Frank Sinatra is released (Best Picture 1954)

August 5, 1957 – “American Bandstand” premieres on network TV (ABC)

August 5, 1957 – Comic strip “Andy Capp” made its debut

August 5, 1966 – Beatles release “Revolver” album in US

August 5, 1966 – Beatles release single “Yellow Submarine” with “Eleanor Rigby” in UK

August 5, 1974 – Joan Jett forms her rock group Runaways

August 5, 1975 – Stevie Wonder signs $13M contract with Motown

August 5, 1985 – Establishment of a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is announced

August 6, 1926 – Warner Bros premieres Vitaphone sound-on-disc movie system (NY)

August 6, 1926 – “Don Juan” starring John Barrymore is released, the 1st feature-length film to utilize the Vitaphone sound-on-disc sound system with a synchronized musical score and sound effects

August 6, 1928 – Andy Warhol was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States

August 6, 1932 – 1st Venice Film Festival opens

August 6, 1947 – 1st performance of Villa-Lobos’ “Bachianas Brasilieras No 8”

August 6, 1965 – Beatles release “Help” album in UK

August 6, 1996 – George R.R. Martin publishes the epic fantasy novel “A Game of Thrones”, the first in his series “A Song of Ice and Fire”

August 6, 2015 – Comedian Jon Stewart hosts “The Daily Show” for the last time

August 7, 1606 – Possible first performance of Shakespeare’s tragedy Macbeth, performed in the Great Hall at Hampton Court Palace for King James I.

August 8, 1876 – Thomas Edison patents mimeograph

August 8, 1960 – “Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikini” hits #1

August 8, 1964 – Dutch Opera forms in Amsterdam

August 8, 1964 – Rolling Stones 1st Dutch concert

August 9, 1173 – Construction of the Tower of Pisa begins, and it takes two centuries to complete

August 9, 1862 – Berlioz’ opera “Beatrice et Benedict” premieres in Baden-Baden

August 9, 1964 – 1st Rolling Stones concert in Netherlands

August 9, 1987 – “Les Miserables” opens at Cameri Theatre, Tel Aviv

August 10, 1787 – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart completes his chamber piece “Eine kleine Nachtmusik”

August 10, 1793 – Louvre palace officially opens in Paris as The Museum Central des Arts with a collection that showcased 537 paintings and 184 objects of art

August 10, 1895 – 1st Queen’s Hall Promenade Concerto (Wagner’s “Rienzi”)

August 10, 1950 – “Sunset Boulevard”, starring William Holden and Gloria Swanson, premieres at Radio City Music Hall

August 10, 1960 – Los Angeles premiere of Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho” starring Anthony Perkins and Janet Leigh

August 10, 1985 – Michael Jackson buys ATV Music (every Beatle song) for $47 million

August 11, 1914 – John Wray patents animation

August 11, 1956 – Jackson Pollock died at age 44 in Springs, New York, United States

August 11, 1964 – Beatles’ “A Hard Days Night” opens in NYC

August 11, 1965 – Beatles movie “Help” opens in NYC

August 11, 1966 – Last Beatle concert tour of US begins

August 11, 1968 – Beatles launch “Apple Records” label

August 12, 1877 – Thomas Edison invents Edisonphone, a sound recording device

August 12, 1916 – Picasso, Max Jacob, Kisling, Ortiz & Paquerette photographed in Paris

August 12, 1927 – “Wings”, the only silent film to win an Oscar for best picture, opens starring Clara Bow (Outstanding Picture 1929)

August 12, 1988 – Jean-Michel Basquiat died at age 27 in NoHo, Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States

August 13, 1876 – The Bayreuth Festspielhaus opens with the first complete performance of Richard Wagner’s Ring Cycle

August 13, 2015 – US Government formally returns to France Picasso’s painting La Coiffeuse, stolen from Paris’ National Museum of Modern Art in 2001

August 14, 1938 – BBC’s 1st feature film on TV (Student of Prague)

August 14, 1965 – Beatles tape an appearance for Ed Sullivan Show

August 14, 1965 – Sonny & Cher’s “I Got You Babe” hits #1

August 15, 1918 – 1st full length cartoon (Sinking of Lusitania)

August 15, 1939 – “The Wizard of Oz”, premieres at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, Hollywood, starring Judy Garland (Dorothy), Ray Bolger (Scarecrow), Jack Haley (Tin Man), Bert Lahr (Cowardly Lion), Frank Morgan (Wizard), Billie Burke (Glinda), and Margaret Hamilton (Wicked Witch)

August 15, 1969 – Woodstock Music & Art Fair opens in NY State (at Max Yasgur’s Dairy Farm)

August 16, 1876 – Opera “Siegfried” premieres in Bayreuth

August 16, 1880 – The French state commissions sculptor Auguste Rodin for a large sculpted doorway ‘The Gates of Hell’ for the proposed Musée des Arts Décoratifs

August 16, 1930 – The first color sound cartoon, called Fiddlesticks, is made by Ub Iwerks

August 16, 1962 – Ringo Starr replaces Pete Best as Beatles’ drummer

August 16, 1969 – Second day of the Woodstock rock festival in NY

August 16, 1974 – Ramones concert debut (NYC’s CBGBs)

August 16, 1986 – “Papa Don’t Preach” goes #1 for 2 weeks

August 16, 1986 – Madonna’s “True Blue” album goes #1 for 5 weeks & her single

August 17, 1876 – Wagner’s opera “Götterdämmerung” premieres in Bayreuth

August 17, 1908 – Projection in Paris of the very first animated cartoon, Fantasmagorie realized by Émile Cohl

August 17, 1939 – “Wizard of Oz” opens at Loew’s Capitol Theater in NY

August 17, 1946 – Arthur Honegger’s 3rd Symphony “Liturgique” premieres

August 17, 1946 – George Orwell publishes “Animal Farm” in the United Kingdom

August 17, 1979 – Monty Python’s “Life of Brian” directed by Terry Jones, starring Graham Chapman & John Cleese premieres

August 18, 1949 – Ralph Flanagan & his orchestra records “You’re Breaking My Heart”

August 18, 1956 – Elvis Presley’s “Hound Dog/Don’t Be Cruel” reaches #1

August 18, 1958 – Perez Prado “Mambo King” receives one of the 1st gold records

August 18, 1960 – 1st photograph bounced off a satellite, Cedar Rapids, Iowa and Richardson, Texas

August 18, 1960 – The Beatles give their 1st public performance at the Kaiserkeller in Hamburg

August 18, 1962 – Peter, Paul & Mary release their first hit “If I Had a Hammer”

August 18, 1969 – Woodstock Music & Art Fair closes with Jimi Hendrix / Band of Gypsys as the final act

August 19, 1839 – Details of Louis Daguerre’s 1st practical photographic process are released in Paris

August 19, 1918 – Irving Berlin’s musical “Yip Yip Yaphank” premieres in NYC

August 19, 1950 – ABC begins Saturday morning kid shows (Animal Clinic & Acrobat Ranch)

August 19, 1955 – WINS radio, announces it will not play “copy” white cover versions of R&B (DJs must play Fats Domino’s “Ain’t It A Shame,” not Pat Boone’s)

August 19, 1967 – Beatles’ “All You Need is Love” single goes #1

August 19, 1979 – “My Sharonna” by the Knack hits #1 (stays for 42 days)

August 20, 1828 – Gioacchino Rossini’s opera “Le Comte Ory” premieres in Paris

August 20, 1882 – Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture” opens in Moscow

August 20, 1895 – Start of Sherlock Holmes “Adventure of Norwood Builder”

August 20, 1965 – Rolling Stones release their single “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” (their 1st #1 US hit) in the UK

August 21, 1911 – “Mona Lisa” stolen from the Louvre by Vincenzo Perugia (Recovered in 1913)

August 21, 1980 – Linda Ronstadt opens in “Pirates of Penzance” on Broadway

August 22, 1762 – 1st female (Ann Franklin) US newspaper editor, Newport RI, Mercury

August 22, 1932 – BBC begins experimental regular TV broadcasts

August 22, 1945 – Noel Coward’s revue “Sigh no More” premieres in London

August 22, 1954 – 15th Venice Film Festival: “Romeo and Juliet” directed by Renato Castellani wins Golden Lion

August 22, 1956 – Elvis Presley begins filming “The Reno Brothers” (Love Me Tender)

August 22, 1964 – Supreme’s “Where Did Our Love Go” reaches #1

August 22, 1966 – Beatles arrive in NYC

August 22, 1969 – Beatles record a video for “Long & Winding Road”

August 22, 1987 – Madonna’s “Who’s That Girl” single goes #1

August 22, 2004 – “The Scream” (1910 painted version) and “Madonna”, two paintings by Edvard Munch, are stolen at gunpoint from the Munch Museum in Oslo, Norway

August 23, 1919 – “Gasoline Alley” cartoon strip premieres in Chicago Tribune

August 23, 1938 – “You Can’t Take It With You” from the play by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart, directed by Frank Capra and starring James Stewart and Jean Arthur premieres. Best Picture (1939)

August 23, 1946 – “The Big Sleep” directed by Howard Hawks and starring Humphrey Bogart (Philip Marlowe) and Lauren Bacall first premieres

August 23, 1963 – Beatles release “She Loves You” in UK

August 23, 2015 – 12 year old boy trips and rips 17th-century painting “Flowers” by Paolo Porpora worth $1.5m at exhibition in Taiwan

August 24, 1787 – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart completes his violin and piano sonata in A, K526

August 24, 1847 – Charlotte Brontë finishes manuscript of “Jane Eyre”

August 24, 1891 – Thomas Edison patents motion picture camera

August 25, 1970 – Elton John’s 1st US appearance (Los Angeles)

August 25, 2013 – 30th MTV Video Music Awards: Justin Timberlake, Taylor Swift & Bruno Mars win

August 26, 1498 – Michelangelo is commissioned to carve the Pietà

August 26, 1843 – Charles Thurber patents a typewriter

August 26, 1846 – Felix Mendelssohn’s “Elijah” premieres

August 26, 1951 – “An American in Paris” with music by George Gershwin, directed by Vincente Minnell and starring Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron premieres in London (Best Picture 1952)

August 27, 1665 – “Ye Bare & Ye Cubb” is first play performed in North America

August 27, 1892 – NYC Metropolitan Opera House catches fire

August 27, 1900 – Gabriel Fauré’s opera/cantata “Prométhée” premieres in Beziers

August 27, 1912 – Edgar Rice Burroughs publishes “Tarzan of the Apes”

August 27, 1950 – 1st transmission of a TV programme from continental Europe shown on BBC

August 27, 1953 – “Roman Holiday”, starring Audrey Hepburn, Gregory Peck, and Eddie Albert, is released

August 28, 1850 – Richard Wagner’s opera “Lohengrin” premieres at Weimar, Germany

August 28, 1965 – Bob Dylan booed for playing electric guiter at a concert in New York’s Forest Hills

August 28, 1973 – “Monster Mash” goes gold

August 28, 1973 – “Smoke on the Water” by Deep Purple goes gold

August 28, 2003 – 20th MTV Video Music Awards: Missy Elliott, Beyoncé f/ Jay-Z”>Jay-Z & Justin Timberlake win

August 29, 1964 – Walt Disney’s “Mary Poppins” directed by Robert Stevenson and starring Julie Andrews and Dick van Dyke is released

August 29, 1966 – The Beatles’ last public concert (Candlestick Park, SF)

August 30, 1751 – George Frideric Handel completes oratorio “Jephtha”

August 30, 1968 – 1st record under Apple label (Beatle’s Hey Jude)

August 30, 2010 – The Bank of Mexico issued a new MXN$ 500-peso note, featuring Kahlo and her painting entitled Love’s Embrace of the Universe, Earth, (Mexico), I, Diego, and Mr. Xólotl (1949) on the back of the note while her husband Diego Rivera was on the front of the note

August 31, 1829 – Opera “Guillaume Tell” is produced (Paris)

August 31, 1889 – Start of Sherlock Holmes adventure “Cardboard Box”

August 31, 1897 – Thomas Edison patented his movie camera (Kinetograph)

August 31, 1993 – 50th Venice Film Festival: “Short Cuts” directed by Robert Altman and “Three Colors: Blue” directed by Krzysztof Kieslowski jointly awarded Golden Lion

August 31, 2006 Stolen on August 22, 2004, Edvard Munch’s famous painting “The Scream” is recovered from a raid by Norwegian police

 


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