August 12

1877 – Phonograph invented by Thomas Alva Edison

1972 – The National Association for Female Executives is founded

1990 – Skeleton of Tyrannosaurus Rex discovered

August 13

1860 – Annie Oakley is born

1952 – “Hound Dog” is recorded for the first time by Big Mama Thornton

1961 – Berlin is divided

1981 – Reagan signs Economic Recovery Tax Act (ERTA)

August 14

1784 – Russians settle Alaska

1935 – FDR signs Social Security Act

August 15

1057 – Malcolm slays Macbeth

1769 – Napoleon Bonaparte is born

1914 – Panama Canal open to traffic

1961 – Berlin Wall built

1969 – The Woodstock festival opens in Bethel, New York

August 16

1896 – Gold discovered in the Yukon

1977 – Elvis Presley dies

August 17

1893 – Actress Mae West is born

1946 – George Orwell published Animal Farm in the UK

1968 – The first Miss Black America pageant takes place

August 18

1774 – Meriwether Lewis is born

1920 – Woman suffrage amendment ratified

1958 – Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov is published

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