4 - Henri Cartier-Bresson dies (1908-2004)
6 - America drops Atomic Bomb (Uranium) on Hiroshima (1945)
- Also, the world's first
website, http://info.cern.ch, was launched (1991). See Tim Berners-Lee
8 - Fay Wray, actress who played damsel in distress in 1933 film 'King Kong' dies aged 96 (2004)
9 - America drops Atomic Bomb (Plutonium) on Nagasaki (1945) see nuke-free
12 - William Blake died, aged 70 (1827)
My dear Friend,
Lest you should not have heard of the Death of Mr. Blake I have written this to inform you He died on Sunday Night at 6 o'clock in a most glorious manner. He said He was going to that Country he had all His life wished to see & expressed himself Happy hoping for Salvation through Jesus Christ Just before He died His Countenance became fair His eyes Brightened and He burst out in Singing of the things he Saw in Heaven. In Truth He died like a Saint as a person who was standing by Him Observed. He is to be Buryed on Friday at 12 in the morning. Should you like to go to the Funeral If you should, there will be room in the Coach.
Yrs. G. Richmond
16 - Deathday of Elvis, so-called King (1977),
Tho' as John Lennon said: " Elvis really died the day they put him in the army.
That's when they killed him, & the rest was a living death."
16 - Peterloo Massacre (1819)
17 - Birthday of Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier
21 - Dr Robert Moog, inventor of the electronic synthesiser (used by The Beatles, among many other musicians) dies, aged 71 (2005)
24 - Hoaxer Poet Thomas Chatterton, 'the marvellous boy', committed suicide
25 - Birth date of Elvis Costello (né Declan Patrick McManus - splendid name), singer-songwriter,1954. And, as he so pertinently enquires, 'What's so funny 'bout Peace, Love & Understanding?' (Hear here!)
- Ronald Reagan said 'trees cause more pollution than automobiles do' (1981)
27 - first OIL well drilled in U.S. - memo: end of coming soon!
28 - Martin Luther King's "I have a Dream" speech (28th August 1963)
- Bob Dylan introduced the Beatles to Mary Jane (1964)
31 - Birthday Van Morrison, musician (1945). Also, Commodus, Roman Emperor (161 A.D.)