Feast of Saint Ignatius of Loyola
National Chili Dog Day
Moby-Dick Marathon, Mystic Seaport, Mystic, CT (July 31-Aug 1): Reading of the entire novel in celebration of author Herman Melville’s birthday (Aug 1, 1819). 29th annual. See www.mysticseaport.org
Satchmo Summerfest, New Orleans, LA (July 31-Aug 3). See www.fqfi.org
Wisconsin State Fair, Milwaukee, WI (July 31-Aug 10). See www.wistatefair.com
The US Patent Office opened on this date in 1790.
In 1930, “The Shadow” made its radio premiere.
In 2002, Pope John Paul II canonized the Roman Catholic Church’s first Indian saint, Juan Diego, in Mexico City, Mexico.
Birth anniversary of Nobel Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman (1912-2006).
Happy Birthday! Dean Cain, Geraldine Chaplin, Evonne Goolagong, Evgeni Malkin, Don
Lughnasadh (August Eve, Lammas Eve)
World Lung Cancer Day
Respect for Parents Day
Rounds Resounding Day
Benin: Independence Day
Switzerland: Confederation Day
United Kingdom: Minden Day
International Clown Week begins (Aug 1-7).
National Minority Donor Awareness Week begins (Aug 1-7). See www.organdonor.gov/awarenessweek/awarenessweek.html
World Breastfeeding Week begins (Aug 1-7). See www.lalecheleague.org
Braham Pie Day, Braham, MN. See www.pieday.com
Canada: Agrifair and Rodeo, Abbotsford, BC (Aug 1-4). See www.agrifair.ca
Canada’s National Ukrainian Festival, Dauphin, MB (Aug 1-3). 49th annual. See www.cnuf.ca
Gigglefeet Dance Festival, Ketchikan, AK (Aug 1 and 3).
Indiana State Fair, Indianapolis, IN (Aug 1-17). See www.indianastatefair.com
Lollapalooza, Grant Park, Chicago, IL (Aug 1-3). 23rd anniversary. See www.lollapalooza.com
New Jersey State Fair, Augusta, NJ (Aug 1-10). See www.njstatefair.org
Scotland: Edinburgh Festival Fringe (Aug 1-25). See www.edfringe.com
Scotland: Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh (Aug 1-23). 63rd annual. See www.edintattoo.co.uk
Twins Day Festival, Twinsburg, OH (Aug 1-3). See www.twinsdays.org
Wales: National Eisteddfod of Wales, Millennium Coastal Park, Llanelli (Aug 1-9). See www.eisteddfod.org.uk
White Oak Rendezvous, Deer River, MN (Aug 1-3). See www.whiteoak.org
Birth anniversary of Herman Melville (1819-91), author of Moby-Dick.
In 1876, Colorado was admitted to the United States.
70 years ago, in 1944, Anne Frank wrote her last diary entry.
70th anniversary of the
In the Aug 1, 1962, issue #15 of Amazing Fantasy, Stan Lee and Steve Ditko introduced a new superhero for Marvel: Spider-Man.
45 years ago, in 1969, the California newspapers San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco Examiner and Vallejo Times Herald received letters on this date from a killer claiming credit for three area murders that had occurred Dec 20, 1968, and July 4, 1969. The writer called himself the Zodiac.
Anniversary of the World Wide Web: the creation of what would become the World Wide Web was suggested this month in 1990 by Tim Berners-Lee and Robert Cailliau at CERN. They had designed a prototype Web browser by October.
National Mustard Day
China: Double Seven Festival
Costa Rica: Feast of Our Lady of Angels
Macedonia: National Day
England: Cowes Week (Aug 2-9), Cowes, Isle of Wight. Since 1826, the largest, longest-running and most prestigious international sailing regatta in the world. See www.cowesweek.co.uk
International Tree Climbing Championship, Milwaukee, WI (Aug 2-3). See www.isa-arbor.com
SAGBRAW (Schramm’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride across Wisconsin, Aug 2-8). See www.bikewisconsin.com
Anniversary of the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait (1990) that precipitated the first Gulf War.
Birth anniversary of Pierre Charles L’enfant, who designed the plan for the city of
100th birth anniversary of actress Beatrice Straight (1914-2001).
Birth anniversary of American author James Baldwin (1924-87).
Birth anniversary of sports executive (football, soccer, tennis) Lamar Hunt (1932-2006).
Happy Birthday! Wes Craven, James Fallows, Mary-Louise Parker, Michael Weiss, Sam Worthington
American Family Day in Arizona
Assistance Dog Week begins (Aug 3-9). See www.workinglikedogs.com
Birth anniversaries of journalist Ernie Pyle (1900-45) and novelist Leon Uris (1924-2003).
Happy Birthday! Tony Bennett, Tom Brady, P.D. James, Karlie Kloss, Evangeline Lilly, Ryan Lochte, John McGinley, Martin Sheen, Hannah Simone, Martha Stewart