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    Here is a list of things which happened on the 8th of August over the years:

    John Davis enters Cumberland Sound in search of the Northwest Passage. (1585)

    Joseph Whidbey and George Vancouver lead an expedition to search for the Northwest Passage near Juneau, Alaska. (1794)

    Napoleon Bonaparte set sail for St. Helena, in the South Atlantic, to spend the remainder of his days in exile. (1815)

    Thomas Edison receives a patent for his mimeograph. (1876)

    Wilbur Wright makes his first flight at a racecourse at Le Mans, France. It is the Wright Brothers’ first public flight. (1908)

    The US Army installs the first tricycle landing gear on the Army’s Wright Flyer. (1910)

    The millionth patent is filed in the United States Patent Office by Francis Holton for a tubeless vehicle tire. (1911)

    Public Law 62-5 sets the number of representatives in the United States House of Representatives at 435. The law would come into effect in 1913. (1911)

    The German airship Graf Zeppelin begins a round-the-world flight. (1929)

    Workers go on strike at the Hoover dam. (1931)

    The building of Mauthausen concentration camp begins. (1938)

    World War II: in Washington, DC, six German would-be saboteurs (Operation Pastorius) are executed. (1942)

    World War II: the Soviet Union declares war on Japan and begins the Manchurian Strategic Offensive Operation. (1945)

    The United Nations Charter is signed by the United States, which becomes the third nation to join. (1945)

    Britain’s “Great Train Robbery” took place as thieves made off with 2.6 million pounds in banknotes. (1963)

    The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is founded by Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand. (1967)

    U.S. Vice President Spiro Agnew appears on television to denounce accusations he had taken kickbacks while governor of Maryland. (1973)

    Kim Dae-Jung, a South Korean politician and later president of South Korea, is kidnapped. (1973)

    President Richard Nixon announced he would resign following damaging revelations in the Watergate scandal. (1974)

    The United States launched Pioneer Venus II, which carried scientific probes to study the atmosphere of Venus. (1978)

    U.N. Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar announced a cease-fire between Iran and Iraq. (1988)

    Iran resumed work at a uranium conversion facility after suspending activities for nine months to avoid U.N. sanctions. (2005)

    An EF2 tornado touches down in Kings County and Richmond County, New York State, the most powerful tornado in New York to date and the first in Brooklyn since 1889. (2007)

    Sonia Sotomayor is sworn in as the first Latina justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (2009)


    This Date in History (Aug. 9)

    1902 – Edward VII was crowned king of England following the death of his mother, Queen Victoria.

    1945 – The United States exploded a nuclear device over Nagasaki, Japan, instantly killing an estimated 39,000 people. The explosion came three days after the atomic bombing of Hiroshima.

    1969 – Actress Sharon Tate and four other people were found murdered in Los Angeles; cult leader Charles Manson and a group of his followers were later convicted of the crime.

    1974 – Nine Canadians peacekeppers are killed when a Syrian anti-aircraft missile shoots down a UN transport plane en route to Damascus from Beirut; providing air transport and communications support to the UN Emergency Force

    1974 – Gerald R. Ford was sworn in as the 38th president of the United States following the resignation of Richard M. Nixon.

    2000 – Bridgestone/Firestone Inc. announced it was recalling 6.5 million tires that had been implicated in hundreds of accidents and at least 46 deaths.


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    5492 / 1732

    The passing of Rabbi Yaakov Kuli of Constantinople, Turkey, author of ‘Yalkut Meam Loez’

    5696 / 1936

    The passing of the Chassidic Master Rabbi Menachem Nachum Friedman of Boyan-Tchernowitz

    5714 / 1954

    The passing of the Chassidic Master Rabbi Shimon Shalom Kalish of Amshinov


    [1]. It is the first time the UK has recorded a temperature over 100 degrees Fahrenheit.



    5527 / 1767

    The passing of Rabbi Mordechai Elchayech, Rabbinical Judge in Tunisia and Libya

    5663 / 1903

    The passing of Rabbi Nissim Chadad, rabbi of Nabul, Libya

    5703 / 1943

    The passing of the Kabbalist Rabbi Levi Yitzchak Schneersohn


    Aug 11th-this date in history:

    1999 – Total solar eclipse in India-North -France

    1991 – 400,000 demonstrate for democracy in Madagascar, 31 killed

    1988 – Meir Kahane renounced U.S. citizenship to stay in Israeli Parliament

    1984 – During a radio voice test President Reagan joked he “signed legislation that would outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in 5 minutes”

    1984 – U.S.S.R. performs (underground) nuclear test

    1982 – U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

    1978 – Funeral of Pope Paul VI

    1976 – Race riot in Cape Town, South Africa; 17 die

    1944 – British premier Winston Churchill arrives in Italy

    1944 – U.S. air raid on Palembang

    1942 – 999 Jews are taken from Mechelen transit camp in Belgium

    1942 – British aircraft carrier Eagle torpedoed and sinks

    1942 – Lieutenant-general Montgomery makes landing on Gibraltar

    1941 – Franklin D. Roosevelt and Prime Minister Winston Churchill sign Atlantic Charter

    1940 – 38 German aircrafts shot down above England

    1940 – German air raid on British harbors Portland/Weymouth

    1935 – Nazi mass demonstration against German Jews

    1924 – 1st newsreel pictures of presidential candidates were taken

    1914 – France declares war on Austria-Hungary

    1914 – Jews are expelled from Mitchenick Poland

    1885 – $100,000 raised in U.S. for pedestal for Statue of Liberty


    This Date in History (Aug. 12)

    1944 – Joseph P. Kennedy Jr., eldest son of Joseph and Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy, was killed when an explosives-laden Navy plane blew up over England during World War II.

    100 homes and killing two people.

    2008 – Declaring “the aggressor has been punished,” the Kremlin ordered a halt to Russia’s devastating assault on Georgia — five days of air and ground attacks that had left homes in smoldering ruins and uprooted 100,000 people.


    The tragedy of JAL flight 123 had such a high number of casualties because the 747 had been configured to carry the maximum number of passengers possible.

    By the time the Japanese rescue team reached the crash site, only four of the 524 passengers were still alive.


    Georgia refused to allow some of its territory -South Ossetia – to be controlled by a separatist pro-Russian group that had declared themselves independent of Georgia.

    The Georgian army attacked the separatists to reclaim their territory.

    The very next day, Russia invaded South Ossetia, conducted bombing raids against Georgia itself, and eventually forced Georgian forces from South Ossetia and actually invaded parts of Georgia.

    Recognizing that they had no chance of winning, Georgia agreed to a ceasefire that effectively removes South Ossetia from their control and leaves it in the hands of a pro-Russian puppet government.


    Here is a list of things which happened on the 13th of August over the years:

    Spanish conqueror Hernando Cortez captured present-day Mexico City from the Aztecs. (1521)

    Invention of stainless steel by Harry Brearley. (1913)

    The first two-way telephone conversation by satellite took place with the help of Echo 1, a balloon satellite. (1960)

    Terrorist attack killed 150 Palestinians in Beirut. (1978)

    President Ronald Reagan signed a historic package of tax and budget reductions. (1981)

    Libya agreed to set up a $2.7 billion fund for families of 270 people killed in the 1988 Pan Am bombing. (2003)

    Hurricane Charley, a Category 4 storm, strikes Punta Gorda, Florida and devastates the surrounding area. (2004)

    President Bush’s political strategist, Karl Rove, announced his resignation. (2007)


    Here is a list of things which happened on the 14th of August over the years:

    Oregon Territory is organized by Act of U.S. Congress. (1848)

    United States Senate leaders agree to rotate the office of President pro tempore of the Senate among leading candidates to fill the vacancy left by William P. Frye’s death. (1911)

    China declared war on Germany and Austria during World War I. (1917)

    United States Social Security Act passes, creating a government pension system for the retired. (1935)

    Rainey Bethea is hanged in Owensboro, Kentucky in the last public execution in the United States. (1936)

    Japan accepts the Allied terms of surrender in World War II and the Emperor records the Imperial Rescript on Surrender (August 15 in Japan standard time). (1945)

    Widescale power blackout in the northeast United States and Canada. (2003)

    Israel halted its offensive against Hezbollah guerrillas as a U.N.-imposed cease-fire went into effect after a month of warfare that killed more than 900 people. (2006)

    Toy company Mattel recalled 18.6 million lead-tainted, Chinese-made toys worldwide. (2007)

    President George W. Bush signed consumer-safety legislation that banned lead from children’s toys. (2008)


    Here is a list of things which happened on the 15th of August over the years:

    Panama City, Panama, is founded. (1519)

    A male servant of American architect Frank Lloyd Wright sets fire to the living quarters of the architect’s Wisconsin home, Taliesin, murders seven people and burns the living quarters to the ground. (1914)

    The Panama Canal opens to traffic with the transit of the cargo ship Ancon. (1914)

    Allied forces landed in southern France during World War II (1944)

    World War II: Korean Liberation Day (1945)

    India and Pakistan became independent after some 200 years of British rule. (1947)

    The Republic of Korea (South Korea) was proclaimed. (1948)

    President Richard Nixon completes the break from the gold standard by ending convertibility of the United States dollar into gold by foreign investors. (1971)

    Vietnam War: The United States bombing of Cambodia ends. (1973)

    The Big Ear, a radio telescope operated by Ohio State University as part of the SETI project, receives a radio signal from deep space; the event is named the “Wow! signal” from the notation made by a volunteer on the project. (1977)

    A car bomb in Omagh, Northern Ireland, killed 29 people and injured 370. It was the single deadliest act of violence in 30 years of sectarian violence in Northern Ireland. (1998)

    Astronomers announced the discovery of the first solar system outside our own – two planets orbiting a star in the Big Dipper. (2001)

    Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili grudgingly signed a U.S.-backed truce with Russia, even as he denounced the Russians as invading barbarians and accused the West of all but encouraging them to overrun his country. (2008)


    Here is a list of things which happened on the 16th of August over the years:

    U.S. President John Tyler vetoes a bill which called for the re-establishment of the Second Bank of the United States. Enraged Whig Party members riot outside the White House in the most violent demonstration on White House grounds in U.S. history. (1841)

    U.S. President James Buchanan inaugurates the new transatlantic telegraph cable by exchanging greetings with Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom. However, a weak signal will force a shutdown of the service in a few weeks. (1858)

    President Abraham Lincoln prohibited the states of the Union from trading with the seceding states of the Confederacy. (1861)

    Restoration Day in the Dominican Republic: The Dominican Republic regains its independence after 4 years of fighting against the Spanish Annexation. (1865)

    The 1929 Palestine riots break out in the British Mandate of Palestine between Arabs and Jews and continue until the end of the month. In total, 133 Jews and 116 Arabs are killed. (1929)

    The first color sound cartoon, called Fiddlesticks, is made by Ub Iwerks. (1930)

    A McDonnell Douglas MD-82 carrying Northwest Airlines Flight 255 crashes on take-off from Detroit Metropolitan Airport in Romulus, Michigan (Detroit), killing 155 passengers and crew. The sole survivor is four-year-old Cecelia Cichan. (1987)

    Vice President George H.W. Bush tapped Indiana Sen. Dan Quayle to be his running mate on the Republican ticket. (1988)

    U.S. Representative from South Dakota Bill Janklow hits and kills a motorcyclist with his car at a rural intersection near Trent, South Dakota; he will eventually be convicted of manslaughter and will resign from Congress. (2003)


    25 Av

    5652 / 1892

    The passing of Rabbi Yissachar Asraf, Head of the Rabbinical Court of Adas Hama’aravim in Jerusalem

    5691 / 1931

    The passing of Rabbi Tzion Kohen Yehonatan, Head of the Rabbinical Court of Jerba, Tunisia and author of ‘Shaarei Tzion’

    5732 / 1972

    The passing of the Chassidic Master Rabbi Shlomo Chaim Friedman of Sadigura, author of ‘Chayei Shlomo’

    5739 / 1979

    The passing of the Chassidic Master Rabbi Yoel Teitelbaum of Satmar, author of ‘Vayoel Moshe’


    This Date in History (Aug. 17)

    1915 – A mob in Cobb County, Ga., lynched Jewish businessman Leo Frank, whose death sentence for the murder of 13-year-old Mary Phagan had been commuted to life imprisonment.

    1969 – Hurricane Camille slammed into the Gulf Coast, killing 248 people.

    1979 – Two Soviet Aeroflot jetliners collide in mid-air over Ukraine, killing 156

    1987 – Rudolf Hess, the last member of Adolf Hitler’s inner circle, died at Spandau prison in West Berlin at age 93, having apparently committed suicide by strangling himself with an electrical cord. He had been the only inmate at Spandau for 21 years.

    1998 – Russia devalued the ruble.

    2000 – The Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles nominated Connecticut Sen. Joseph Lieberman for vice president.

    2005 – Israeli security forces began the forcible removal of Jews from four settlements in the Gaza Strip.


    doesn’t sound too good… 😉


    The lynching of Leo Frank.

    Before going into the details of the Leo Frank case, here are a few facts:

    1) Leo Frank was 100% innocent.

    2) The key witness against him was the actual murderer.

    (There are details of this case that are not appropriate for this site and will be omitted.)

    Mary Phagan, a worker at a pencil factory managed by Leo Frank in Atlanta, Georgia was found murdered in the factory on April 27, 1913.

    Botched police work caused crime-scene evidence to be lost.

    Jim Conley, the pencil factory’s black janitor, was caught by the plant’s day watchman, E.F. Holloway, washing a shirt. Conley tried to hide the shirt, then claimed the stains on the shirt were from rust. Conley had a record of drinking and violence.

    When confronted with evidence against him and inconsistencies in his story, Conley came up with a new story.

    In this version, Frank asked Conley for help in moving Phagan’s body and gave Conley $200. When the police asked where the $200 was, Conley said that Frank had taken it back. Conley also said that Frank told him on the day of the murder, “Why should I hang? I have wealthy people in Brooklyn.”

    Two witnesses came forward to incriminate Conley. Will Green, a carnival worker, said that he had been playing a card game at the factory with Conley and had run away when Conley had declared his intention to rob a girl who walked by. William Mincey, an insurance salesman, had met a drunk Conley on the street. He said that Conley, trying to brush Mincey off, said, “I have killed one today and do not wish to kill another.” Mincey had thought it was a joke. Neither man testified in court.

    Even William Smith, the lawyer who represented Conley, declared Conley guilty of the murder after the trial.

    Dorsey was later elected governor of Georgia.

    On August 17, 1915 Leo Frank was kidnapped from jail and lynched.

    The lynch mob included many prominent citizens, none of whom concealed their identity, and none of whom was ever prosecuted.

    Frank’s only requests were that they allow him to write a note to his wife, that they return his wedding ring to his wife, and that they cover his lower body before hanging him, since he was wearing nothing but a nightshirt. Frank’s last words were, “I think more of my wife and my mother than I do of my own life.”

    Frank’s body was eventually transferred to an undertaker and buried in the Mount Hebron Cemetery in Flushing New York.

    In 1982, Alonzo Mann, by then an old man, volunteered that he had seen Jim Conley dragging Mary Phagan’s body at the factory. Mann swore in an affidavit that Conley had threatened to kill him if he reported what he had seen. Alonzo Mann died in 1985.

    After a 1983 denial of a pardon, with Mann’s testimony the Anti-Defamation League convinced the Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles to grant Frank a posthumous pardon. On March 11, 1986, a pardon was issued by the board.

    (portions cut-and-pasted from wikipedia)


    This Date in History (Aug. 18)

    1894 – Congress established the Bureau of Immigration.

    1914 – President Woodrow Wilson issued his Proclamation of Neutrality, aimed at keeping the United States out of World War I.

    1963 – James Meredith became the first black to graduate from the University of Mississippi.


    Here is a list of things which happened on the 19th of August over the years:

    Salem witch trials: in Salem, Massachusetts, Province of Massachusetts Bay five people, one woman and four men, including a clergyman, are executed after being convicted of witchcraft. (1692)

    California Gold Rush: the New York Herald breaks the news to the East Coast of the United States of the gold rush in California (although the rush started in January). (1848)

    The first All-American Soap Box Derby is held in Dayton, Ohio. (1934)

    A plebiscite in Germany approved the vesting of sole executive power in Adolf Hitler ym”s as Fuhrer. (1934)

    Vietnam War: Viet Minh led by Ho Chi Minh take power in Hanoi, Vietnam. (1945)

    In the Northeast United States, severe flooding caused by Hurricane Diane, claims 200 lives. (1955)

    Cold War: in Moscow, downed American U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers is sentenced to ten years imprisonment by the Soviet Union for espionage. (1960)

    Saudia Flight 163, a Lockheed L-1011 TriStar burns after making an emergency landing at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, killing 301 people. (1980)

    Collapse of the Soviet Union, August Coup: Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev is placed under house arrest while on holiday in the town of Foros, Crimea. (1991)

    Hurricane Bob hits the Northeast. (1991)

    A Hamas planned suicide attack on a bus in Jerusalem kills 23 Israelis, 7 of them children in the Jerusalem bus 2 massacre. (2003)

    Internet search engine Google went public. (2004)


    Sputnik 5 safely returned to Earth, and the dogs survived the mission. A puppy born to one of the dogs was later presented as a gift to first-lady Jacqueline Kennedy.


    Saudia Flight 163, a Lockheed L-1011 TriStar burns after making an emergency landing at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, killing 301 people. (1980)

    The circumstances that led to this massive loss of life were unbelievable.

    The fire started on board the plane when a religious pilgrim aboard the plane decided that he wanted a hot cup of tea. How did he get his tea? He lit his portable stove in the aisle of the plane. The flame spread out of control, and the plane headed back to Saudi Arabia for an emergency landing.

    The plane landed safely.

    At this point the plane should have been evacuated, and all or most people aboard saved.


    A Hamas planned suicide attack on a bus in Jerusalem kills 23 Israelis, 7 of them children in the Jerusalem bus 2 massacre. (2003)

    Among the victims were a mother and her baby from New Square, NY. The baby was a ben zekunim to his parents, and his married siblings were among those who sat shiva.

    The bomber was married and had children, which was unusual since the usual suicide bomber is a young unmarried man who is brainwashed into his murderous attack with the promises of an eternal shmutz-and-taiva-party as his reward.

    The brutality of the attack, and the number of children who were victims were among the reasons that this got more than the minimal world attention usually given to anti-Semitic terror.


    Aug. 19th 2008- Pomegranate store opens it’s doors!

    Aug. 19th 2009- Pomegranate celebrates it’s first birthday with a live webcast!


    Here is a list of things which happened on the 20th of August over the years:

    Battle of Yarmouk: Arab forces led by Khalid ibn al-Walid take control of Syria and Palestine away from the Byzantine Empire, marking the first great wave of Muslim conquests and the rapid advance of Islam outside Arabia. (636)

    Lewis and Clark Expedition: the “Corps of Discovery”, exploring the Louisiana Purchase, suffers its only death when sergeant Charles Floyd dies, apparently from acute appendicitis. (1804)

    Charles Darwin first publishes his theory of evolution in The Journal of the Proceedings of the Linnean Society of London, alongside Alfred Russel Wallace’s same theory. (1858)

    President Andrew Johnson formally declares the American Civil War over. (1866)

    World War I: German forces occupy Brussels. (1914)

    The Soviet Union publicly acknowledges that it had tested a hydrogen bomb. (1953)

    President Lyndon B. Johnson signed a nearly $1 billion anti-poverty measure. (1964)

    Viking Program: NASA launches the Viking 1 planetary probe toward Mars. (1975)

    The United States launched Voyager 2, an unmanned spacecraft carrying a 12-inch copper phonograph record containing greetings in dozens of languages, samples of music and sounds of nature. (1977)

    Lebanese Civil War: a multinational force lands in Beirut to oversee the PLO’s withdrawal from Lebanon. (1982)

    “Black Saturday” of the Yellowstone fire in Yellowstone National Park (1988)

    Collapse of the Soviet Union, August Coup: more than 100,000 people rally outside the Soviet Union’s parliament building protesting the coup aiming to depose President Mikhail Gorbachev. (1991)

    Estonia secedes from the Soviet Union. (1991)

    After rounds of secret negotiations in Norway, the Oslo Peace Accords are signed, followed by a public ceremony in Washington, D.C. the following month. (1993)

    The Supreme Court of Canada rules that Quebec cannot legally secede from Canada without the federal government’s approval. (1998)

    U.S. embassy bombings: the United States military launches cruise missile attacks against alleged al-Qaida camps in Afghanistan and a suspected chemical plant in Sudan in retaliation for the August 7 bombings of American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. (1998)

    A group of Iraqis opposed to the regime of Saddam Hussein take over the Iraqi Embassy in Berlin for five hours before releasing their hostages and surrendering. (2002)

    Spanair Flight 5022, from Madrid to Gran Canaria, skids off the runway and crashes at Barajas Airport. 146 people are killed in the crash, 8 more die afterwards. Only 18 people survive. (2008)

    Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Polish Foreign Minister Radek Sikorski signed a deal to put a U.S. missile defense base in Poland. (2008)


    This Date in History (Aug. 21)

    2006 – British prosecutors announced that 11 people had been charged in an alleged plot to blow up trans-Atlantic jetliners bound for the United States.


    Here is a list of things which happened on the 22nd of August over the years:

    Jacob Barsimson arrives in New Amsterdam. He is the first known Jewish immigrant to America. (1654)

    King George III declares the American colonies to be in open rebellion. (1775)

    Nat Turner’s slave rebellion commences just after midnight in Southampton, Virginia, leading to the deaths of more than 50 whites and several hundred African Americans who are killed in retaliation for the uprising. (1831)

    The United States annexes New Mexico. (1848)

    The first air raid in history. Austria launches pilotless balloons against the Italian city of Venice. (1849)

    Cadillac Motor Company is founded. (1901)

    Theodore Roosevelt becomes the first President of the United States to ride in an automobile. (1902)

    German troops reach Leningrad, leading to the siege of Leningrad. (1941)

    Brazil declares war on Germany and Italy. (1942)

    Romania is captured by the Soviet Union. (1944)

    An attempt to assassinate French president Charles de Gaulle fails. (1962)

    Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore is suspended after refusing to comply with a federal court order to remove a rock inscribed with the Ten Commandments from the lobby of the Alabama Supreme Court building. (2003)

    The Storm botnet, a botnet created by the Storm Worm, sends out a record 57 million e-mails in one day (2007)


    Here is a list of things which happened on the 23rd of August over the years:

    Napoleon leaves Egypt for France en route to seize power. (1799)

    The automobile tire chain is patented. (1904)

    Japan declared war on Germany in World War I. (1914)

    Hebron Massacre during the 1929 Palestine riots: Arab attack on the Jewish community in Hebron in the British Mandate of Palestine, continuing until the next day, resulted in the death of 65-68 Jews and the remaining Jews being forced to leave the city. (1929)

    Germany and the Soviet Union sign a non-aggression treaty, the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact. In a secret addition to the pact, the Baltic states, Finland, Romania, and Poland are divided between the two nations. (1939)

    Hans Tiedge, top counter-spy of West Germany, defects to East Germany. (1985)

    Saddam Hussein appears on Iraqi state television with a number of Western “guests” (actually hostages) to try to prevent the Gulf War. (1990)

    West Germany and East Germany announce that they will unite on October 3. (1990)

    Hurricane Katrina formed over the Bahamas (2005)

    Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama introduced his choice of running mate, Sen. Joe Biden of Delaware, before a crowd outside the Old State Capitol in Springfield, Ill. (2008)


    This Date in History (Aug. 24)


    5151 / 1391

    The pogroms on the Jews of Toledo and Barcelona in Spain began

    5336 / 1576

    5657 / 1897

    The passing of Rabbi Shmuel Nahun of Tetouan, Morocco

    5686 / 1926

    The passing of Rabbi Meir Simchah Hakohen of Dvinsk-Latvia, author of ‘Meshech Chochmah’ and Ohr Sameach’

    5719 / 1959

    The passing of Rabbi Masoud Madad of Jerba, Tunisia, author of ‘Mayim Tehorim’

    5746 / 1986

    The passing of the Chief Rabbi of Tel Aviv, Rabbi Yitzchak Yedidyah Frankel


    Aug. 25th, this date in History:

    1991 – Krizstina Egerszegi swims world record 200m backstroke (2:06.62)

    1991 – Norway and Denmark recognize independence of former U.S.S.R. Baltic reps

    1989 – After 12-year, 4-billion-mile journey, Voyager 2 flies over cloudtops of Neptune and its moon Triton, sending back photographs of swamps

    1988 – Iran and Iraq begin talks to end their 8 year war

    1984 – French airship capsizes

    1984 – U.S.S.R. performs underground nuclear test

    1983 – U.S. and U.S.S.R. sign $10 billion grain pact

    1981 – Jeff Schwartz, sets solo record for trampoline bouncing (266:09)

    1981 – Voyager 2’s closest approach to Saturn (63,000 miles/100,000 km)

    1974 – France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island

    1960 – 17th summer Olympics opens in Rome

    1952 – Puerto Rico becomes a U.S. commonwealth

    1950 – President Truman orders army to seize control of RR to avert a strike

    1945 – Jewish immigrants are permitted to leave Mauritius for Palestine

    1944 – Paris liberated from Nazi occupation, Freedom Tuesday

    1943 – German occupiers impose 72-hour work week

    1943 – Red Army under General Vatutin recaptures Achtyrka

    1943 – U.S. forces overrun New Georgia in Solomon Islands during WW II

    1942 – SS begins transporting Jews of Maastricht, Netherlands

    1941 – English and Russian troops attack pro-German Iran

    1921 – U.S. signs peace treaty with Germany

    1920 – 1st U.S. woman to win in Olympics (Ethelda Bleibtrey)

    1919 – 1st scheduled passenger service by airplane (Paris-London)

    1829 – President Jackson makes an offer to buy Texas, but Mexican government refuses

    1718 – Hundreds of French colonists arrive in Louisiana; New Orleans, found


    This Date in History (Aug. 26)


    This Date in History (Aug. 27)

    1962 – The United States launched the Mariner 2 space probe, which flew past Venus the following December.

    2001 – Israeli helicopters fired a pair of rockets through office windows in the West Bank town of Ramallah and killed senior PLO leader Mustafa Zibri.

    2003 – A granite monument of the Ten Commandments that became a lightning rod in a legal storm over church and state was wheeled from the rotunda of the Alabama Supreme Court building in Montgomery.

    2007 – Attorney General Alberto Gonzales announced his resignation after a controversy over the firings of nine U.S. attorneys.


    August 27th, 1892- Fire at the New York City Metropolitan Opera House.

    August 27th, 1927- Parks College of aviation opens.

    August 27th, 1932- 200,000 textile workers go on strike in England.

    August 27th, 1955- The first edition of the Guinness Book of World Records is published.

    August 27th, 1967- Naomi Sims becomes the first black model to pose for the cover of an American magazine.

    August 27th, 1983- Haiti adopts a constitution.

    August 27th, 1984- President Ronald Reagan announces the Teacher in Space project.

    August 27th, 1985- The 20th Space Shuttle Mission is launched.

    August 27th, 1991- Moldavia declares independence from the U.S.S.R.

    August 27th, 1995- Tiger Woods wins his 95th U.S. Golf Amateur Championship.


    This Date in History (Aug. 28)

    1981 – John W. Hinckley Jr. pleaded innocent to charges of attempting to kill President Ronald Reagan.

    1991 – Mikhail Gorbachev resigns as Secretary of the Soviet Communist Party.

    2005 – New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin ordered everyone in the city to evacuate ahead of Hurricane Katrina.

    2008 – Barack Obama accepted the Democratic presidential nomination with a speech at Invesco Field in Denver.

    anon for this

    On August 28, 1955, 14-year-old Emmett Till was beaten & shot to death in Money, Mississippi by several men. His murder was one of the events that motivated the Civil Rights movement. Although the suspects confessed to the crime, they were acquitted.


    anon, They confessed after their trial and acquittal. Your comment implied they confessed prior to trial. Double-jeopardy protection prevented their retrial (and is the only reason they confessed with complete impunity.)

    anon for this

    Joseph, thanks for correcting. By the way, I was reading about a killer who was acquitted (because the dishonest judge was paid off) but retried and convicted for the same crime many years later. When his lawyers claimed double jeopardy, the prosecution successfully countered that double jeopardy didn’t apply, since he wasn’t in jeopardy in the first place. Do you know who the killer was?


    Sounds like Harry Aleman, the mobster, who was the subject of the Supreme Court(?) case on that issue.

    I would strongly argue though the cops convicted of beating Rodney King had their double-jeopardy rights violated, despite the creative attempt to justify it based on separate Federal and State prosecutions. (Aside from the injustice of trying them in the first place.)


    No comparison.


    Joseph, why is it that all your copycats are out to get you?


    Actually I just refreshed my memory on the Nelson case. There may seem to be a superficial comparison between Nelson and cops, in that both were retried. But the bottom line remains the cops were arresting a drug-infused Rodney King who was violently resisting arrest, while Nelson — as clear as the sun shines — murdered Yankel Rosenbaum. And he was acquitted of murder despite this.


    august 28

    On this date in 1893, kosher slaughter was declared illegal in Switzerland — a ban that continues until today. That same year, kosher slaughter was prohibited in the German region of Saxony. Today, Norway also bans kosher slaughter, and other European countries such as the UK have taken the matter under consideration. Sometimes these laws are anti-Semitic in nature, but couched in humanitarian terms. The issue is one of great sensitivity for the Jewish community, being that one of the first enactments of the Nazis in 1933 was to outlaw kosher slaughter, on humanitarian considerations — an act of horrible irony that preceded the slaughter of 6 million Jews.


    Here is a list of things which happened on the 29th of August over the years:

    Vasco da Gama decides to depart Calicut and return to Portugal. (1498)

    The Mount Washington Cog Railway opens, making it the world’s first rack railway. (1869)

    The Goodyear tire company is founded. (1898)

    The Quebec Bridge collapses during construction, killing 75 workers. (1907)

    American troops marched down the Champs Elysees in Paris as the French capital continued to celebrate its liberation from the Nazis. (1944)

    Soviet atomic bomb project: The Soviet Union tests its first atomic bomb, known as First Lightning or Joe 1, at Semipalatinsk, Kazakhstan. (1949)

    Sen. Strom Thurmond, D-S.C., ended the longest filibuster in Senate history after talking for 24 hours, 18 minutes against a civil rights bill. (1957)

    Gemini 5, carrying astronauts Gordon Cooper and Charles “Pete” Conrad, splashed down in the Atlantic after eight days in space. (1965)

    Chicano Moratorium against the Vietnam War, East Los Angeles, California. Police riot kills three people, including journalist Ruben Salazar. (1970)

    The Supreme Soviet, the parliament of the U.S.S.R., suspended all activities of the Communist Party, bringing an end to the institution. (1991)

    Hurricane Katrina devastates much of the U.S. Gulf Coast from Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle, killing more than 1,836 and causing over $80 billion in damage. (2005)

    A United States Air Force nuclear weapons incident takes place at Minot Air Force Base and Barksdale Air Force Base. (2007)


    Elul 9

    In 1654, Jacob Barsimson became the first Jewish settler in New Amsterdam (New York), and a few months later a group of 23 Jews arrived from Brazil. At first, Governor Peter Stuyvesant denied Jews the right to engage in trade, own real estate, serve in the military, and conduct public religious services. Barsimson, an observant Jew, filed an appeal to the Dutch West India Company, and succeeded in gaining equal rights for Jews. In one incident, Barsimson was summoned to court on Shabbat and courageously refused to appear. In a landmark decision that extended the limits of religious freedom, the court did not hold him accountable. Barsimson’s Jewish pride and pioneering spirit paved the way for generations of Jewish immigrants yet to come.


    5551 / 1791

    The passing of the Chassidic Master Rabbi Pinchas Shapira of Koritz, author of ‘Imrei Pinchas’

    5638 / 1878

    The passing of Rabbi Eliezer Levton, one of the scholars of Aram Tzova, Syria

    5654 / 1894

    The passing of Rabbi Baruch Yerushalmi, a leading scholar of Kushta, Turkey, and author of ‘Baruch Mevinim’

    5707 / 1947

    The passing of Chassidic Master Rabbi Moshe Yehudah Leib Friedman of Pashkan, author of ‘Birkas Moshe’


    1189 England’s King Richard I (the Lion-Hearted) was crowned in Westminster.

    1658 Oliver Cromwell, the Lord Protector of England, died.

    1783 The Treaty of Paris between the United States and Great Britain officially ended the Revolutionary War. King George’s official reaction was “Ahhh, let them have their dumb old country. Who needs them anyway? They drive on the wrong side of the street and speak funny.”

    1929 The Dow Jones industrial average closed at 381.17, it’s pre-crash high.

    1939 Britain and France declared war on Germany, two days after the Nazi invasion of Poland.

    1970 Hall of Fame football coach Vince Lombardi died at age 57.

    1978 Pope John Paul I was installed as the 264th pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church.

    1994 China and Russia pledged they would no longer target nuclear missiles at or use force against each other.

    1997 Arizona Gov. Fife Symington was convicted of lying to get millions in loans to shore up his collapsing real estate empire. (The conviction was overturned in 1999.) His brother Viola and sister Flute claim that the charges were trumpeted up in an effort to drum him out of the statehouse.

    2004 A three-day hostage siege at a school in Beslan, Russia, ended in bloody chaos after Chechen militants set off bombs and Russian commandos stormed the building; more than 330 people were killed, most of them children.

    2005 President George W. Bush ordered more than 7,000 active duty forces to the Gulf Coast as his administration in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

    2005 Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist died at age 80.

    2006 Tennis player Andre Agassi announced his retirement. (The official “who cares” entry for this date.)

    2007 Millionaire adventurer Steve Fossett, 63, vanished after taking off in a single-engine plane in western Nevada. (His remains were discovered in October 2008 in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains.)

    2008 Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, John McCain’s choice for running mate, roused delegates with a speech at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn. (So, how’d that work out, Sen. McCain?)

    2009 Disappointed at the failure of “JayMatt19”, “Jax” and “YW Moderator-39” or anyone else to update this thread for three consecutive days, a lazy poster takes the initiative to google “this day in history” for himself.

    anon for this

    ICOT, I remember reading about the remains of a missing person being discovered during the search for Steve Fossett, but my search skills are not strong enough to find this information now. Do you know about this?


    anon for this-

    A few months later, Fossett was legally declared dead.

    Subsequent examination and DNA testing confirmed that the remains were those of Fossett.

    A theory as to the cause of the crash that I remember seeing in the papers shortly after the remains was that a sudden and violent downdraft brought the plane down too quickly for Fossett to have a chance of recovery.

    It is unlikely the cause of the crash will ever be determined with any certainty.


    In 1729, Congregation Shearith Israel laid a foundation stone in lower Manhattan for the first structure ever designed and built as a synagogue in continental North America. At the time, New York had the only Jewish community in the country; it would be some two decades later before organized Jewish settlement began in Philadelphia, Lancaster and Charleston. Shearith Israel was the only Jewish congregation in New York City from 1654 until 1825, having been founded by Brazilian Jews of Spanish and Portuguese origin. Governor Peter Stuyvesant, known for his anti-Semitic views, had initially denied Jews the right to worship in a public gathering; these Jews fought for their rights and won permission. Today, Shearith Israel occupies a grand structure at 70th Street and Central Park West.

    anon for this

    ICOT, I see I left a word out of my question that changed its meaning. I meant to ask if you (or anyone else who’d care to share) knew about another missing person (not Steve Fossett) whose remains had been found during this search. I did remember reading about this while following the search in the news, but couldn’t remember the name/ story of this other person.


    anon for this-

    After wracking my brains (ok, ok, it was a google search) this is a sample of what I came up with:

    Ernest Munn disappeared on a World War II training fight over California in 1942. The wreck of the plane was located in 1947, along with some human remains. The remains that were found were buried together in a single grave in San Bruno, California. In 2007, Peter Stekel, who was researching a book he’s writing, Final Flight, found additional remains in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. They were identified as being those of Munn through DNA analysis.

    Fast Facts:

    1. Full Name: Ernest Glenn Munn

    2. Resided: St. Clairsville, Ohio

    3. Rank: Aviation Cadet

    4. Disappeared November 18, 1942

    5. Funeral scheduled for May, 2008

    Also this:

    The mysterious frozen remains of a U.S. World War II pilot found atop a mountain in California by two hikers last year has been identified as airman Ernest G. Munn.

    Munn had been missing since his training flight disappeared over the Sierra Nevada mountain range on November 18, 1942, the U.S. military said Monday. He was 23 at the time.

    Last year, two hikers found the frozen remains of a man with blond, wavy hair in a remote area of Kings Canyon, east of Fresno, California. A tattered sweater still clung to the body, and an unopened parachute lay nearby, said Peter Sketel, one of the hikers who made the discovery.

    DNA testing revealed that the mummy was Munn. His family had been left with many questions regarding his disappearance for over 60 years. His mother never cut her hair again and lived to 102, always awaiting word on what happened to her son.

    The remains were found by Peter Sketel and his hiking partner.

    There were also reports in the news of several other crashed and missing planes that were found during the search for Fossett.


    ICOT: IOW, no other body was found during the Fossett search (if I am reading your post correctly.) It doesn’t indicate Munn was found as a result of the Fossett search.



    You are correct – Munn’s body was found before Fossett disappeared.

    There may have been other bodies found in the wreckage of some of the other planes, but the one that got the attention at the time (to the best of my recollection) was a WW II flier, and Munn seems to be the one who fits that profile.

    I thought I remembered the remains being found during the search, although the subsequent look-up of the story shows that the identification is what occurred in that time-frame.

    I suspect “anon for this” may also be thinking of this story, but I may be wrong.

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