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

The ocean is a body of water occupying about two-thirds of a world made for man—who has no gills. —Ambrose Bierce

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

Bridge? Hah! That’s no bridge, that’s a trestle.
—Joseph Strauss, Chief Engineer of the Golden Gate Bridge, reacting to the opening of the Bay Bridge, completed six months before the Golden Gate Bridge.

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

Success and failure share a common denominator. Both are temporary.

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