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August Happenings Quiz

Guess these things that happened in the month of August.
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First submittedAugust 8, 2012
Last updatedJuly 24, 2017
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Date
Year
Clue
Answer
Aug 1
1834
This practice is abolished in the British Empire
Slavery
Aug 2
1934
This man becomes Führer of Germany
Adolf Hitler
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
2008
War breaks out between Russia and this other country
Georgia
Aug 8
1974
This politician resigns
Richard Nixon
Aug 9
1988
This hockey player is traded from the Oilers to the Kings
Wayne Gretzky
Aug 10
1921
Franklin D. Roosevelt first shows signs of this disease
Polio
Aug 11
1965
Race riots erupt in the Watts area of this city
Los Angeles
Aug 12
30 BC
This Egyptian ruler commits suicide via 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
1965
This band plays at Shea Stadium
The Beatles
Aug 16
1977
This singer dies at age 42, in Memphis
Elvis Presley
Aug 17
2008
This swimmer becomes the first person to win 8 gold medals
in one Olympics games
Michael Phelps
Aug 18
1969
Jimi Hendrix plays the national anthem at this music festival
Woodstock
Aug 19
1692
Five people are executed for witchcraft in this city
Salem
Aug 20
1858
This theory is published for the first time
Evolution
Aug 21
1959
This state becomes the 50th to join the U.S.
Hawaii
Aug 22
1641
This King declares the Parliament to be traitors,
beginning the English Civil War
Charles I
Aug 23
1305
This Scottish rebel is executed in London
William Wallace
Aug 24
2006
This body is demoted to "dwarf planet" status
Pluto
Aug 25
1944
This city is liberated from Nazi rule
Paris
Aug 26
1768
This sea captain sets sail from England aboard the HMS Endeavour
James Cook
Aug 27
1883
This Indonesian volcano spectacularly erupts
Krakatoa
Aug 28
1963
Martin Luther King Jr. gives this famous speech
I Have a Dream
Aug 29
2005
This hurricane makes landfall in Louisiana
Hurricane Katrina
Aug 30
1967
Thurgood Marshall becomes the first African-American
member of this group
The U.S. Supreme Court
Aug 31
1997
This celebrity dies in a car crash, after being chased by paparazzi
Princess Diana
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level 55
Aug 4, 2012
For MLK answer...it was originally called the "Let Freedom Ring" speech
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level ∞
Aug 6, 2012
The speech doesn't have an official name, but is generally called "I Have a Dream":
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_Have_a_Dream

Nevertheless, I'll accept "Let Freedom Ring"

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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 21
Aug 4, 2012
phelps is literally the most epic person ever.
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level 70
Sep 28, 2017
Chuck Norris would like to have a word with you.
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level 72
Aug 2, 2018
I don't think that word means what you think it means.
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level 56
Aug 6, 2012
Can you please accept Krakatau for Krakatoa? Also I would like to point out that Cook's ship was spelt "Endeavour" not "Endeavor", ie the British way not the American way. Even the Space Shuttle Endeavour is spelt the British way as it is named after the ship.
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level ∞
Aug 8, 2012
Krakatau will work now, and fixed the spelling of Endeavour. Darn those British and their extra U's.
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level 71
Aug 1, 2015
Yes, we prefer to speak non-U.
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level 67
Aug 2, 2015
I love U
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level 75
Oct 25, 2017
Um, you mean 'darn most of the rest of the English speaking world'? British English is not just used in Britain. Webster was pivotal in popularising what would become US spelling (e.g. no 'u's, center for centre) starting in 1828; this was largely predicated on nationalism. In the eternal words of Ambrose Bierce "Patriotism: combustible rubbish ready to the torch of any one ambitious to illuminate his name."
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level 77
Aug 1, 2018
They are extraneous. Webster did well cleaning up English some. Where he failed was that he didn't go far enough. American English is still full of extraneous letters. British English is just that much worse.
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level 47
Aug 1, 2018
What do U mean?
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level 32
Aug 1, 2018
Ahem. The British way of spelling is as good as your Yankee method. The U's are perfectly fine.
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level 77
Aug 1, 2018
When one way of spelling is less consistent and uses many more letters that do not actually represent the sounds of the words being spoken it is not just as good as another way that does not. Both American spelling and British spelling are a mess. American spelling is slightly less messy. But we could and probably should develop a superior system.
and no system is "mine."
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level 45
Aug 1, 2018
"Superior System". No. Having different versions of English keeps culture alive.
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level 72
Aug 2, 2018
The Latin suffix is -or. The British in the 1800s added the U to be more French.
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level 61
Jun 8, 2019
Calling one language superior over another is ridiculous and says more about the person that says it than the language. Every language is valid and has its own quirks. (I wrote this before reading the entire thread and before seeing mentions of superior..and didnt write this to be intended to be aimed at anyone in particular..).

I cant think think of a single language that couldnt be improved, technically, but with every change/improvement you also take things away. If there was such a thing as a perfect language we all would have reverted to it.

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level 63
Aug 1, 2018
Also, it is correctly the "HM Bark Endeavour", not HMS Endeavour...
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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 72
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 57
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 79
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 68
Aug 1, 2015
Adhering strictly to the clue, wouldn't Nagasaki also be a correct answer?
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level 67
Aug 2, 2015
Nagasaki was bombed on the 9th August
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level 54
Aug 2, 2015
When I saw the volcano picture for the quiz thumbnail, I assumed it was going to be about Mount Vesuvius, which erupted on August 24th (which I only know because it's my birthday). I had no idea Krakatoa was also August. Not a good month for seismic activity, eh?
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level 61
Jun 8, 2019
A very good month for ( the) seismic activity ! less so for the people affected by it.
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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 67
Aug 1, 2018
I remember because of the TV show Hawaii Five-0.
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level 76
Nov 15, 2015
I read 1962 instead of 1692 and wondered why the Americans were still executing witches way into the last century...
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level 73
Jul 25, 2017
McCarthyism was going on close to that time...we were still doing witch hunts pretty late into the 20th century, including a few executions. Like the Rosenbergs.
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level 76
Jul 28, 2017
They (well, Julius at least) were rather convincing verified as guilty by documents released after the fall of the Soviet Union, although family members are now arguing the death penalty was overly severe for the circumstances. Sacco and Vanzetti, on the other hand, are grim reminders of "murder by government."
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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 73
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 77
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 76
Oct 8, 2017
Lots of pre-Darwinian evolutionary thought.
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level 75
Dec 29, 2017
Damn August, you crazy!
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level 38
May 18, 2018
Diana, The Princess of Wales vs. Diana, Princess of Wales. What a difference one word makes!
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level 79
Aug 1, 2018
Dang. Front-page quizzes really piling on poor Pluto today.
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level 55
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 63
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 76
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 75
Aug 1, 2018
Did she tell you to write that?
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level 70
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 68
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 72
Aug 2, 2018
Nagasaki gets no loving.
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level 51
Aug 4, 2018
I didn't know Marilyn Monroe was only 36 when she died. That's really sad.