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On this day... August

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August 1

1996 George R.R. Martin publishes the epic fantasy novel "A Game of Thrones", the first in his series "A Song of Ice and Fire"

August 2

1865 Lewis Carroll publishes "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"

August 3

1914 Germany invades Belgium and declares war on France, beginning World War I

August 4

1919 Rodin Museum opens in Paris in The hôtel Biron containing works left to the state by the sculptor Auguste Rodin

August 5

1966 Martin Luther King Jr. stoned during Chicago march

August 6

1991 Tim Berners-Lee releases files describing his idea for the World Wide Web. WWW debuts as a publicly available service on the Internet

August 7

2007 "Eclipse" 3rd book in Stephenie Meyer's "Twilight Saga" is published by Little Brown - initial print run 1 million copies

August 8

1844 Brigham Young chosen as head of Mormon Church (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) following the death of Joseph Smith

August 9

1854 Henry David Thoreau publishes "Walden"

August 10

2018 Omarosa Manigault Newman, former aide to US President Trump, releases taped recordings of her firing from The White House

August 11

2008 Airbnb is founded by Brian Chesky, Joe Gebbia and Nathan Blecharczyk

August 12

1916 Picasso, Max Jacob, Kisling, Ortiz & Paquerette photographed in Paris

August 13

1996 Microsoft releases Internet Explorer 3.0

August 14

1980 Democratic Convention in NYC nominates Jimmy Carter & Walter Mondale

August 15

2009 Portugal leaves recession after three consecutive quarters of negative growth having its GDP recover by 0.3% in the second quarter of 2009

August 16

1880 The French state commissions sculptor Auguste Rodin for a large sculpted doorway 'The Gates of Hell' for the proposed Musée des Arts Décoratifs

August 17

1867 1st US dental school, Harvard School of Dental Medicine, established

August 18

1983 Hurricane Alicia battered Houston & Galveston, Texas

August 19

1998 South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission chairperson, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, releases documents revealing an alleged plot by Western countries to assassinate UN Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld of Sweden

August 20

1947 J Arens & D van Dorpen synthetise vitamin A

August 21

2018 Water-ice first detected on the Moon by India's Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft (2008-9) in findings published by scientists

August 22

2018 Discovery of a bone of a 90,000 hybrid human, half Neanderthal, half Denisovan from Anuy River, Siberia published in "Nature"

August 23

1933 Mahatma Gandhi released from Indian jail following another hunger strike

August 24

1847 Charlotte Brontë finishes manuscript of "Jane Eyre"

August 25

1958 Momofuku Ando markets the first package of precooked instant noodles (Chikin Ramen)

August 26

2015 World Health Organization classifies processed meat as carcinogenic

August 27

1586 Sir Walter Raleigh brings first tobacco to England from Virginia

August 28

1980 William Safire’s column entitled "The Ayatollah Votes" is published in the New York Times, and was later quoted in a campaign ad for Ronald Reagan in that year's presidential election

August 29

2017 US President Donald Trump visits flood affected Texas

August 30

1850 Honolulu, Hawaii, becomes a city

August 31

1997 Diana, Princess of Wales, dies in a car crash in a road tunnel in Paris