Find out what's going on any day of the year, anywhere across the globe! Chase's Calendar of Events is the most comprehensive and authoritative reference available on special events, worldwide holidays and festivals, civic observances, historic anniversaries, famous birthdays and much more.

July 31, 2014

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


Satchmo Summerfest, New Orleans, LA (July 31-Aug 3). See


Wisconsin State Fair, Milwaukee, WI (July 31-Aug 10). See



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 Murray, France Nuyen, Deval Patrick, Rico Rodriguez, J.K. Rowling, Wesley Snipes




Selections from the 2014 edition of Chase's Calendar of Events for August 1

Lughnasadh (August Eve, Lammas Eve)


World Lung Cancer Day


Girlfriend’s Day

Respect for Parents Day

Rounds Resounding Day


Benin: Independence Day

Switzerland: Confederation Day

Trinidad and Tobago: Emancipation Day

United Kingdom: Minden Day



International Clown Week begins (Aug 1-7).


National Minority Donor Awareness Week begins (Aug 1-7). See


World Breastfeeding Week begins (Aug 1-7). See



Braham Pie Day, Braham, MN. See


Canada: Agrifair and Rodeo, Abbotsford, BC (Aug 1-4). See


Canada’s National Ukrainian Festival, Dauphin, MB (Aug 1-3). 49th annual. See


Gigglefeet Dance Festival, Ketchikan, AK (Aug 1 and 3).


Indiana State Fair, Indianapolis, IN (Aug 1-17). See


Lollapalooza, Grant Park, Chicago, IL (Aug 1-3). 23rd anniversary. See


New Jersey State Fair, Augusta, NJ (Aug 1-10). See


Scotland: Edinburgh Festival Fringe (Aug 1-25). See


Scotland: Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh (Aug 1-23). 63rd annual. See


Twins Day Festival, Twinsburg, OH (Aug 1-3). See


Wales: National Eisteddfod of Wales, Millennium Coastal Park, Llanelli (Aug 1-9). See


White Oak Rendezvous, Deer River, MN (Aug 1-3). See



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 Warsaw Uprising during WWII (1944).


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.



August 2, 2014

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


International Tree Climbing Championship, Milwaukee, WI (Aug 2-3). See


SAGBRAW (Schramm’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride across Wisconsin, Aug 2-8). See



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 Washington, DC (1754-1825).


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



August 3, 2014

Sisters’ Day


Equatorial Guinea: Armed Forces Day

Guinea-Bissau: Colonization Martyr’s Day

Niger: Independence Day


American Family Day in Arizona


Assistance Dog Week begins (Aug 3-9). See



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