Historical Events for 31st August 2023

1903 – New York Giants future Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Joe McGinnity wins his 3rd doubleheader of month, beating the Philadelphia Phillies, 4-1 and 9-2 at the Polo Grounds
1920 – Detroit radio station 8MK (now WWJ, 950AM) is 1st to broadcast a news program on the air
1923 – Italian troops occupy Corfu
1954 – Indians beat Yanks 6-1 for record tying 26 wins in August (1931 A’s)
1979 – Donald McHenry named to succeed Andrew Young as US UN ambassador
1983 – 40th Venice Film Festival: “First Name: Carmen” directed by Jean-Luc Godard wins Golden Lion
1983 – Edwin Moses of USA sets 400m hurdle record (47.02) in Koblenz
1985 – “Prakas” sets trotting mile record of 1:53.4 at Du Quoin, Illinois
1990 – East and West Germany sign a treaty to join legal and political systems
2015 – Violent protests in Kiev after Ukraine parliament vote leave 1 national guard dead, 100 injured

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Historical Events for 30th August 2023

1757 – Battle at Gross Jagerndorf: Russian army beats Prussia [OS=Aug 19] 1800 – Gabriel Prosser leads a slave rebellion in Richmond, Virginia
1862 – Battle of Altamont-Confederates beat Union forces in Tennessee
1932 – Hermann Goering elected President of the German Reichstag
1939 – General Reijnders appointed supreme commander of Dutch army
1961 – Oriole Jack Fisher walks 12 LA Angels in a 9 inning game
1982 – PLO leader Yasser Arafat leaves Beirut
1984 – 12th NASA Space Shuttle Mission (41D): Discovery 1 launches for a 6-day excursion
1991 – Dan O’Brien sets US decathlon record with 8,812 points
1993 – “Late Show with David Letterman” debuts on CBS, from the Ed Sullivan Theater in NYC; Bill Murray is his first guest, Billy Joel performs

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Historical Events for 29th August 2023

1854 – Self-governing windmill patented by American inventor Daniel Halladay
1920 – An American sweep of the medals in the women’s 3m springboard diving event at the Antwerp Olympics; Aileen Riggin wins gold ahead of teammates Helen Wainwright and Thelma Payne
1937 – MLB Philadelphia A’s Bob Johnson is 2nd to get 6 RBIs in an inning (1st)
1944 – 15,000 American troops liberating Paris march down Champs Elysees
1958 – Cliff Richard and the Drifters release single “Move It”, Richards debut single. Credited as 1st British Rock n Roll song.
1972 – SF Giant Jim Barr retires 1st 20 batters he faces added to last 21 he retired 6 days earlier for record 41 in a row
1992 – Largest wrestling crowd outside US – 75,000 at Wembley Stadium, London
1997 – Netflix is founded by Marc Randolph and Reed Hasting in Scotts Valley, California as an online DVD rental business
2004 – Athens Olympic marathon is run on same route as 1896 Games, start at site of the Battle of Marathon to the Panathenaic Stadium in Athens: Stefano Baldini of Italy wins men’s gold in 2:10:55
2014 – Riots break out in Guinea following rumours that health workers are deliberately transmitting the Ebola virus to locals

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Historical Events for 28th August 2023

1898 – Caleb Bradham renames his carbonated soft drink “Pepsi-Cola”.
1918 – Tris Speaker suspended for season due to assault on umpire Tom Connolly
1939 – Netherland mobilizes
1966 – 27th Venice Film Festival: “The Battle of Algiers” directed by Gillo Pontecorvo wins Golden Lion
1988 – 70 killed in crash of three Italian air force fighters at air show at Ramstein, Germany
1990 – Stefan Edberg (#1 seeded player) loses in 1st round to Alex Volkov
1994 – 94th US Golf Amateur Championship won by Tiger Woods
2011 – Canadian Open Women’s Golf, Hillsdale CC: Brittany Lincicome wins by 1 stroke from Michelle Wie and Stacy Lewis
2017 – Kenya brings in world’s toughest ban on plastic bags with possible US$38,000 fine and four years in jail
2018 – Aretha Franklin lies in state at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit in a 24 carat coffin

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Historical Events for 27th August 2023

1585 – Duke of Parma’s troops occupy Antwerp
1883 – Krakatoa volcano, west of Java in Indonesia, erupts with a force of 1,300 megatons and kills approximately 40,000 people
1918 – Christy Mathewson resigns as Cincinnati Reds manager to accept a commission as a captain in chemical warfare branch of US Army
1956 – Curt Robert of Columbus (Intl League) hits 4 HRs in 7 inning game
1968 – Protest by the Derry Housing Action Committee (DHAC) at the Guildhall’s council chamber; after which Eamon Melaugh phones the Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association (NICRA) to organise a march in Derry
1982 – Soyuz T-7 returns to Earth
1991 – Moldavia declares independence from USSR
1996 – Dino Ciccarelli is traded by the Detroit Red Wings to the Tampa Bay Lightning
2004 – China’s first ever gold in Olympic Games men’s track and field; Liu Xiang wins 110m hurdles in Athens, equalling Colin Jackson’s 1993 world record time of 12.91 seconds
2021 – Britain’s Prince Andrew served with a US federal lawsuit alleging he sexually abused a teenager 20 years ago

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Historical Events for 26th August 2023

1545 – Pope Paul III names his son Pierluigi Farnese as Duke of Parma
1912 – MLB pitcher Walter Johnson’s 16-game winning streak ends
1920 – Surrey cricket all-rounder Percy Fender scores 100 in 35 minutes [113no] in a county match vs Northamptonshire at the County Ground, Northampton
1940 – Chad is the first French colony to join the Allies under the administration of Félix Éboué, France’s first black colonial governor
1942 – 7,000 Jews are rounded up in Vichy-France
1971 – Dutch Queen Juliana and Prince Bernhard visit Indonesia
1973 – David Eisenhower writes his last sports column
1992 – Hurricane Andrew makes landfall in Louisiana as Category 3 storm after causing deaths and severe damage in Florida
2015 – WDBJ TV reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward are fatally shot live on TV by an ex-colleague in Moneta, Virginia
2018 – Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop resigns after losing Liberal Party leadership contest

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Historical Events for 25th August 2023

1609 – Galileo demonstrates his first telescope to Venetian lawmakers, including to the Doge (ruler) of Venice, Leonardo Donato
1908 – Allen Winter wins US 1st $50,000 trotting race
1910 – US National Championship Men’s Tennis, Newport, RI: William Larned beats Tom Bundy 6-1, 5-7, 6-0, 6-8, 6-1 for his 4th consecutive US singles title
1921 – Yankee pitcher Harry Harper hits 3 batters in an inning tying record
1950 – US President Harry Truman orders army to take control of railroad to avert a strike
1984 – USSR performs underground nuclear test
1985 – STS 51-I scrubbed at T -9m because of an onboard computer problem
1991 – Norway and Denmark recognize independence of former USSR Baltic republics
2019 – Double Dave, a rare two-headed timber rattlesnake found in Pine Barrens forest, New Jersey
2020 – England’s James Anderson becomes first fast bowler to reach 600 wickets in Test cricket; Pakistan batsman Azhar Ali caught at first slip on 5th day of 3rd Test at Southampton

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Historical Events for 24th August 2023

1349 – 6,000 Jews, blamed for the Plague, are killed in Mainz
1516 – Battle of Marj Dabiq: Ottoman forces decisively beat the Mamluk Sultanate
1853 – 1st potato chips prepared by chef George Crum at Moon’s Lake House, near Saratoga Springs, New York (popular legend says he invented though earlier recipes exist)
1920 – With British approval, Greece is encouraged to take offensive action against Turkish nationalists in Asia Minor
1954 – US President Eisenhower signs Communist Control Act, outlawing the Communist Party, at height of McCarthyism
1958 – Sergei Popov wins Stockholm marathon (2:15:17.0) (WR)
1960 – -127°F (-88°C), Vostok, Antarctica (world record)
1993 – Padres scores 14 in 1st vs Cardinals
1995 – Fire that wipes 6,000 acres begins in Hamptons on Long Island
1995 – Microsoft debuts Windows 95

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Historical Events for 23rd August 2023

1595 – Michael the Brave confronts the Ottoman army in the Battle of Calugareni.
1903 – Sixth Zionist Congres: Theodor Herzl declares Jewish state
1923 – Paavo Nurmi of Finland runs world record for 1 mile of 4:10.4 in Stockholm; record stands until 1931
1931 – Count Gyula Károlyi becomes premier of Hungary
1946 – “The Big Sleep” directed by Howard Hawks and starring Humphrey Bogart (Philip Marlowe) and Lauren Bacall, premieres
1948 – World Council of Churches formed by 147 churches from 44 countries
1979 – Iranian army opens offensive against Kurds
1985 – Said Aouita of Morocco sets 1.5k record (3:29.46) in Berlin
1990 – East and West Germany announced that they would unite on Oct 3
2000 – Nicaragua becomes a member of the Berne Convention copyright treaty. This essentially deprecated the Buenos Aires Convention treaty, because as of this date, all members of the BA Convention were also signatories to Berne.

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BCPS Welcomes Students to the First Day of the 2023/24 School Year

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BCPS Welcomes Students to the First Day of the 2023/24 School Year


For more than 250,000 students across Broward County Public Schools (BCPS), today, Monday, August 21, 2023, marked the exciting first day of the new school year.

Broward County School Board members and BCPS Superintendent Dr. Peter B. Licata got an early start to the day as they visited the North Area Transportation Terminal to greet school bus operators prepping their buses before heading out on their routes. Superintendent Licata, accompanied by School Board Chair Lori Alhadeff and Vice Chair Debra Hixon, then left the terminal in back-to-school style, climbing aboard one of the District’s 60 new electric school buses on its way to pick up students heading to Monarch High School.

In all, the Superintendent and School Board members visited seven schools on the first day – welcoming students, teachers and staff to the new school year. They also enjoyed lunch with students at Pembroke Lakes Elementary School. This year, District schools are offering free breakfast and lunch to all students.

“It was a wonderful start to the new school year – I enjoyed having the opportunity to visit with students, teachers and staff and seeing their excitement on the first day,” said Superintendent Licata. “I want to thank all our dedicated District employees who worked so hard preparing to welcome students to class, our School Board members for their ongoing support, and our parents and families for all they do to prioritize their child’s education. It takes a team – and we are off to a great start.”

Following the tour of schools, School Board members, Superintendent Licata and District staff participated in a news conference, sharing highlights of the first day of school.

Watch the news conference at https://www.eduvision.tv/l?egmgLtD.


“Educating all students to reach their highest potential.”
Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is the sixth largest school district in the nation and the second largest in the state of Florida. BCPS is Florida’s first fully accredited school system since 1962, serving more than 254,000 students and approximately 110,000 adult learners in 238 schools, centers and technical colleges, and 87 charter schools. BCPS supports a diverse student population representing 177 different countries and speaking 153 languages. To connect with BCPS, visit browardschools.com, follow us on Twitter @browardschools, on Facebook at facebook.com/browardschools, on Instagram @browardschoolsofficial, on YouTube at youtube.com/browardschoolsvideos and download the free BCPS mobile app at browardschools.com/MobileApp.