This Day in History - August

Can you guess these things that happened in the month of August?
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Date
Year
Clue
Answer
Aug 1
1834
This practice is abolished in the British Empire
Slavery
Aug 2
216 BC
This Carthaginian general defeats the Romans at the Battle of Cannae
Hannibal
Aug 3
1778
Opera house "La Scala" opens in this city
Milan
Aug 4
70
Romans destroy the temple in this city
Jerusalem
Aug 5
1962
This actress is found dead at age 36, in a "probable suicide"
Marilyn Monroe
Aug 6
1945
An atomic bomb is dropped on this city
Hiroshima
Aug 7
1974
Philippe Petit walks between these two buildings on a tight rope
World Trade Center
Aug 8
1974
This U.S. President resigns
Richard Nixon
Aug 9
1965
This country gains independence unwillingly after being
expelled from Malaysia
Singapore
Aug 10
1921
Franklin D. Roosevelt first shows signs of this disease
Polio
Aug 11
1919
The new constitution of this country is signed in the city of Weimar
Germany
Aug 12
30 BC
This Egyptian ruler commits suicide, possibly snake bite
Cleopatra
Aug 13
1961
Borders are closed in this European city
Berlin
Aug 14
1980
Lech Wałęsa leads labor strikes in this country
Poland
Aug 15
1281
For the second time, a "divine wind" destroys the Mongol fleet
attempting to invade this island nation
Japan
Aug 16
1829
Chang and Eng, conjoined twins from this country, arrive in the U.S.
Siam
Aug 17
1807
The world's first commercial steamboat service is started on
this river, connecting New York City and Albany
Hudson River
Aug 18
1969
Jimi Hendrix plays the American national anthem at this music festival
Woodstock
Aug 19
1991
A failed coup attempt is launched against this Soviet leader
Mikhail Gorbachev
Aug 20
1882
This Tchaikovsky overture debuts in Moscow, using cannon shots
as part of the music
1812 Overture
Aug 21
1959
This state becomes the 50th to join the U.S.
Hawaii
Aug 22
1642
This king declares Parliament to be traitors, sparking the English Civil War
Charles I
Aug 23
1305
This Scottish rebel is executed in London
William Wallace
Aug 24
2006
This Kuiper Belt object is demoted to "dwarf planet" status
Pluto
Aug 25
1875
Matthew Webb becomes the first person to swim across
this body of water
English Channel
Aug 26
1768
This explorer sets sail from England aboard the HMS Endeavour
James Cook
Aug 27
479 BC
Ancient Greeks win the battles of Plataea and Mycale, ending
the attempted invasion by this empire
Persian Empire
Aug 28
1879
In South Africa, the British capture Cetshwayo, the last king of this tribe
Zulu
Aug 29
2005
This hurricane makes landfall in Louisiana
Hurricane Katrina
Aug 30
1963
The so-called "red phone" is established, connecting this city and Moscow
Washington D.C.
Aug 31
1997
This celebrity dies in a car crash after being chased by paparazzi
Princess Diana
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Level 80
Aug 4, 2012
Nixon announced his resignation on August 8; it took effect on August 9. Just to be technical.
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Level 67
Aug 25, 2012
Gah! More time! I didn't even manage to read through all the clues.
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Level 73
Aug 1, 2018
Really? I finished with almost 3 minutes left. Maybe the QM did add some time since 2012...
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Level 71
Apr 22, 2014
Would you consider accepting Lady Di for princess Diana? I believe that is a very common appellation. That was the only name I could think of; I tried Lady Diana in full, then got it when I simply typed Diana as a last resort.
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Level 81
Aug 2, 2018
Why want the title, but then just give her a short monosyllabic nick like a cubicle coworker?
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Level 59
Jul 2, 2015
Are there any other actresses used in these quizzes other than Marilyn Monroe? I bet 90% of the time when the name of an US actress is needed as an answer, it is Marilyn Monroe.
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Level 82
Aug 1, 2015
I couldn't think of William Wallace right away, so I tried Braveheart and then even Mel Gibson in desperation before the name finally came to me! :)
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Level 69
Aug 1, 2015
Adhering strictly to the clue, wouldn't Nagasaki also be a correct answer?
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Level 70
Aug 2, 2015
Nagasaki was bombed on the 9th August
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Level 67
Mar 28, 2020
No. Wrong date.
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Level 58
Aug 4, 2015
Everything in life is so often counter-intuitive, I always like how if you want to remember which of the two new states in 1959 is which, it can be answered, "Which month do you think of when you look at Alaska? And which do you think of when you look at Hawaii?"
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Level 68
Aug 1, 2018
I remember because of the TV show Hawaii Five-0.
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Level 65
Aug 21, 2020
Alaska Four-9 was much less popular.
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Level 54
Dec 8, 2015
William Wallace was not a rebel, he was a patriot.

Rebels rebel against their own, patriots fight against would-be invaders.

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Level ∞
Jul 24, 2017
One man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter
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Level 72
Jul 25, 2017
Yep...Watch Star Wars from the other side's perspective and you soon see that Luke Skywalker killed WAY more people and ruined WAY more lives than the empire ever did. I'm sure the empire and people who were ruled by the empire saw the rebels as terrorists the entire time.
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Level 80
Aug 1, 2018
This is a really dumb and inaccurate meme that perpetuates ignorance and the increasingly popular misuse of the word terrorist.
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Level 81
Aug 19, 2020
People will always fight foreign invaders, whether in Palestine, Iraq, France, Vietnam, Russia, Sioux territory, Algeria, Philippines and every other nation we care to add. The invaders will always label them insurrectionists, savages, terrorists or whatever the current buzzword is for the public back home to continue support of the occupation of a foreign country.
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Level 77
Aug 19, 2020
Patriots don't need to fight to be patriots
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Level 80
Oct 8, 2017
Lots of pre-Darwinian evolutionary thought.
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Level 77
Dec 29, 2017
Damn August, you crazy!
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Level 37
May 18, 2018
Diana, The Princess of Wales vs. Diana, Princess of Wales. What a difference one word makes!
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Level 81
Aug 1, 2018
Dang. Front-page quizzes really piling on poor Pluto today.
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Level 60
Aug 1, 2018
William Wallace was little more than a brigand. There was a warrant out for his arrest for stealing beer with some English soldiers. He only gained a reputation because he refused to stop fighting when all the more senior nobles made peace. And he only did that because he knew he would be arrested. Most of the story made popular by Braveheart is a myth,
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Level 64
Aug 1, 2018
Are you saying William Wallace wasn't 7ft tall and didn't consume the English with fireballs from his eyes and lightning bolts from his arse?
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Level 79
Aug 1, 2018
QM, you forgot to include my marriage 44 years ago, a far more important event than the one you listed for that date. :)
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Level 78
Aug 1, 2018
Did she tell you to write that?
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Level 74
Aug 4, 2018
I think ander is a she married to a he. (Isn't it weird what one remembers from Jetpunk comments?)
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Level 72
Aug 1, 2018
August 9 has the Battle of Pharsalus, Jesse Owens fourth medal, Singapore's (unwilling) independence, the Tate murders,... plenty of significant world significant events. Ice Hockey is not even among the top ten of watched sports.
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Level 81
Aug 2, 2018
Nagasaki gets no loving.
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Level 55
Aug 4, 2018
I didn't know Marilyn Monroe was only 36 when she died. That's really sad.
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Level 71
Aug 30, 2020
ninjastar9, sadly, there's plenty more that have taken their own lives at a much younger age than that. At least she had an illustrious career. Suicide is not more sad because the victim happens to be pretty.
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Level 64
Aug 17, 2020
Jimi Hendrix plays the national anthem at this music festival. Maybe specify that it was the USA national anthem because the US is not the only country in the world....
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Level 77
Aug 19, 2020
There's only one Jimi Hendrix though, he couldn't be in two different countries on the same day.
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Level 78
Aug 19, 2020
I was confused by this, too. I couldn't decide if it was referencing his legendary performance at Woodstock, or the time he played the national anthem of Upper Volta at that backyard barbeque in Perth.
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Level 81
Aug 19, 2020
He's not seen as a cultural milestone for bringing up sonic images of the lyrics to O Canada.
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Level 64
Sep 3, 2020
You know fine well I was being facetious.
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Level 80
Aug 19, 2020
I think the Charles year should be 1642. For example: "Finally, on 22 August 1642, Charles raised his standard at Nottingham, and declared Parliament to be traitors." http://www.historyofwar.org/articles/wars_ecw1.html
+1
Level ∞
Aug 20, 2020
Fixed
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Level 80
Aug 19, 2020
The red phone year seems to be wrong. E.g., Wikipedia: "The hotline started operations on August 30, 1963."
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Level ∞
Aug 20, 2020
Fixed
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