An Olympic Summer

On August 4, 1944 Anne Frank was discovered by Adolf Hitler's Schutzstaffel in Germany. She was made famous after the posthumous publication of her diary, which chronicled her the two years of her life while she and her family hid from the Nazis during the German occupation of the Netherlands during World War II. Anne died of typhus after 7 months in Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. She was 13 when she went into hiding and began her diary. She was only three months shy of her 16th birthday when she died.

 

Victory in Japan Day, also known as V-J Day, is August 15, and it celebrates Japan's official announcement of its unconditional surrender in 1945, which signaled the end of World War II. The surrender followed on the heels of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. It was the first and only time nuclear weapons have been used against people.

Hawaii became the 50th state of the United States on August 21, 1959, when President Dwight D. Eisenhower officially dissolved the Territory of Hawaii. Statehood Day is observed on the third Friday of August and is a state holiday in Hawaii.

August is official National Immunization Awareness Month. The goal of NIAM is to heighten awareness about immunizations across the life span, from infants to the elderly.

The 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China will begin on August 8 and run through August 24. The slogan for the 2008 Olympics is "One World, One Dream.", and the official mascot is collectively known as "the Fuwa," or good luck dolls, which consists of fish, giant panda, Olympic Flame, Tibetan antelope, and a swallow.

The 2008 Democratic National Convention is scheduled to begin on August 25 in Denver, Colorado. The purpose of the convention is to nominate and confirm Presidential and Vice Presidential candidates, adopt a party platform and unify the party. It will run through August 28.

August 1 marks the beginning of the official Twins Day celebration in Twinsburg, Ohio. This celebration, always held on the first full weekend of August, has been an annual event since 1975, which brings twins from all over the world.

The Act of August 5, 1861, Chap. XLV, 12 Stat. 292, also known as The Revenue Act of 1861, was the first Federal income tax statute in the United States. Everyone who made more than $800 a year was required to pay 3% of their income.

Both Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe died in the month of August; and the Jefferson Airplane was formed in this, the last month of the summer.

Many Andersons celebrate their birthdays in August, among them Loni Anderson, Gillian Anderson, and Ian Anderson. And many non Andersons also celebrate their birthdays during the month, among them Barack Obama, who will be 46 in the 4th, and John McCain, who will be 71 on the 29th. Science fiction author Gene Roddenberry was born on August 19, and Herbert Hoover, Lyndon B. Johnson, and Bill Clinton were all born in August, as were Jerry Garcia, Louis Armstrong, Madonna, and Michael Jackson.

Additional resources for the month of August:

  • World War 2 Timeline 1939-1945 - Provides details about battles, victories, and other events throughout World War II, including the war in Europe, the Holocaust, the war at sea, and the Pacific theater.
  • The Official Site of the State of Hawaii - Contains official government business, as well as news, details about the communities, education, and surf forecast.
  • Elvis Presley: the Official Site - Home of the undisputed King of Rock 'n' Roll features all things Elvis, trips to Graceland, and online shopping for Elvis merchandise.
  • Grateful Dead - Official site is still faithfully maintained and includes biographies of the band members, details about shows, lyrics, and the Dead Head community, and archives.
  • Star Trek - Gene Roddenberry's science fiction phenomenon lives on at this site, which highlights all five Star Trek series as well as the movies, Trekkie news and community information, and an online store.