Concerning August 16th

Events large and small, miscellany, curiosities, &c.

Being the 228th day of the year, with 137 days remaining.

Bennington Battle Day, observed in Bennington, Vermont.

Born today : British soldier and writer T. E. Lawrence, better known as Lawrence of Arabia, in 1888.

Departed today : Elvis Presley, “The King of Rock and Roll,” in 1977.

Today in history : Joseph Kittinger parachuted from a balloon at 102,880 feet and set records that stood for 52 years for highest altitude jump, longest free-fall, and fastest airspeed achieved by a human being without an aircraft, in 1960.

Kittinger participated in the Red Bull Stratos project, advising skydiver Felix Baumgartner and serving as CAPCOM during Baumgartner’s record-breaking jump in 2012.

Endeavour to learn something new every day.

Fact of the day : Dalmations are born pure white and only get their spots when they’re a few days old.  From This Book…of More Perfectly Useless Information ~ See at

Quote of the day : “If fear is cultivated it will become stronger, if faith is cultivated it will achieve mastery.” – John Paul Jones.  From BrainyQuote

Word of the day : Volatile (vah-luh-tul) 1 a : characterized by or subject to rapid or unexpected change.  From Merriam-Webster

August is named for the Roman emperor Augustus Caesar.

American Artist Appreciation Month.

August birthstone : Peridot, for married happiness.

August flower : The poppy, Papaver sp.

“Dry August and warm doth harvest no harm.” – Thomas Tussert.

Professor D. O. Durant's Original Encyclopedic Calendar

“Whilst the publisher makes every effort to verify the accuracy of the information presented herein it should not be used to decide wagers, resolve border disputes, or settle disagreements between spouses. Thank you.”

From the preface of the first
edition of the calendar.