August 15th- A Day to Remember Because So Many Things Happened

August 15th- A Day to Remember Because So Many Things Happened

Aug 15, 2023

Happy August 15th y'all! As we get ready for another hot one in the Historic Triangle, I've been updating alt text on my Free At 50 blog. Don't know what that means? Don't worry, you don't need to unless you have your own blog or website- and if that's the case, let me know!

I was up really early this morning... so why not drop another "day in history" post?

Let's take a look back.

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Historical summary of August 15th, hobby-blogger style, using bullet points!

1635- The first RECORDED hurricane in north America strikes the Plymouth colony.

1868- A Jewish dry goods store owner was dragged from his store and murdered in Franklin TN and then in 1915, on the same date, a Jewish journalist convicted of murder, was lynched in Georgia. Being of Jewish descent as well as someone obsessed with true crime, these stories drew me in. Read more here.

1870- The final spike was driven at Comanche Crossing in Colorado, making coast-to-coast rail service a reality.

1939- One of my favorite movies of all time, The Wizard of Oz, was released.

1964- Mayor Daley declares Ernie Banks Day in Chicago. (being from Chicago, I had to add this one!)

1969- The Woodstock Festival opened in Bethel New York. And in 1991, Paul Simon held a FREE concert in New York City at Central Park- over 750,000 people attended.

1972- Ben Affleck was born and one of my favorite films, Good Will Hunting was destined to be written.

My closing statement: Dig deeper!

Click the links above to get more information on any of the events I listed and share your August 15th "historic" events in the comments!

The closing words for this post come from a 1774 letter from Abigail Adams to her husband John, where she opens with some words about the weather. Her letter-writing inspired a recent post you can read here if you haven't already!

Abigail Adams to John Adams, 15 August 1774

Abigail Adams to John Adams

Braintree August th 15 1774

I know not where this will find you whether upon the road, or at Phylidelphia, but where-ever it is I hope it will find you in good Health and Spirits. Your Journey I immagine must have been very tedious from the extreem heat of the weather and the dustiness of the road’s. We are burnt up with the drouth, having had no rain since you left us, nor is there the least apperance of any.

(the letter continues, read it in full here)

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1) I am not a historian nor an expert. I will let you know I’m relaying the information as I understand and interpret it. The employees of Colonial Williamsburg base their presentations, work, and responses on historical documents and mainly primary sources.

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