Category: This Day in History

August 13, 1965 — In San Francisco, the Jefferson Airplane made its first public performance opening at the new

August 12, 1959 — The first ship firing of a Polaris missile was from the USS Observation Island.

August 11, 1937  — The San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge yesterday presented jobs with security. The bridge needs painters. And as soon as they have painted the bridge, and have it just so, they will be asked

August 10, 1960 — The first successful U.S. Corona spy satellite mission was launched after 12 previous failures.

August 9, 1945 — The 10,000 lb. plutonium bomb, Fat Man, was dropped over Nagasaki after the primary objective of Kokura was passed due to visibility problems. It killed an estimated 74,000 people. 

August 8 — What a difference a year makes.

  • 1973 — Vice President Spiro T. Agnew branded as “damned lies” reports he had taken

August 7, 1959  — The United States launched Explorer 6, which sent back a picture of the Earth. The satellite, popularly known as the “paddlewheel satellite,” featured

August 6, 1945 — Hiroshima, Japan, was struck with the uranium bomb, Little Boy, from the B-29 airplane, Enola Gay. The 9,600 pound bomb had

August 5, 1974 — President Richard Nixon admitted that he ordered a cover-up of the Watergate break-in for political as well as national security reasons. One of the secret

August 4, 1942 — The first train with Jews departed Mechelen, Belgium, to Auschwitz.

%d bloggers like this: