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On this day in 1887, activist and journalist Marcus Garvey, namesake of the ideology of Garveyism, was born.

Dole Air Race - August 16, 1927

On this day in 1927, an air race sponsored by James D. Dole and marked by tragedy began. 

Wow! signal received - August 15, 1977

On this day in 1977, the radio telescope Big Ear recieved the Wow! signal, which many people believed to be a sign of extraterrestrial intelligence. 

"The Rocky Horror Picture Show" released - August 14, 1975

On this day in 1975, the cult classic "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" premiered in London. 

Margaret Tafoya born - August 13, 1904

On this day in 1904, Tewa potter Margaret Tafoya was born. 

Last quagga died - August 12, 1883

On this day in 1883, the last quagga died in a zoo in Amsterdam. 

Watts Riots began - August 11, 1965

On this day in 1965, the Watts Riots began in Los Angeles. 

Louvre opened as museum - August 10, 1793

On this day in 1793, the Louvre opened to the public as a museum. 

Construction began on Leaning Tower of Pisa - August 9, 1173

On this day in 1173, the foundation stones for the Leaning Tower of Pisa were laid. 

8888 Uprising - August 8, 1988

On this day in 1988, massive strikes and protests broke out around Myanmar in opposition to the government. 

On this day in 1947, Thor Heyerdahl and his crew made it to the Raroia atoll in Polynesia on a raft called the Kon-Tiki.

First website went live to public - August 6, 1991

On this day in 1991, the first ever website was made publicly available. Visit the first web page at http://info.cern.ch/hypertext/WWW/TheProject.html.

Gowrie Conpsiracy - August 5, 1600

On this day in 1600, John Ruthven, 3rd earl of Gowrie, and his younger brother Alexander Ruthven were killed under mysterious circumstances.

Germany Schaefer stole first base - August 4, 1911

On this day, baseball player Herman "Germany" Schaefer stole first base from second base. 

La Scala opera house inaugurated -  August 3, 1778

La Scala opera house was inaugurated on this day in 1778. Learn more about La Scala in an episode of Stuff You Missed in History Class at https://www.missedinhistory.com/podcasts/the-la-scala-opera-house.htm. 

Berta Lutz born - August 2, 1874

On this day in 1874, scientist and women's rights activist Berta Lutz was born. 

Jackie Ormes born - August 1, 1911

On this day in 1911, cartoonist Jackie Ormes was born.

Germany deployed fighters against Night Witches - July 31, 1943

On this day, Germany targeted the Soviets' 588th Night Bomber Regiment, aka the Night Witches, with tracers and deployed night fighters. Learn more about the Night Witches in an episode of Stuff You Missed in History Class at https://www.missedinhistory.com/podcasts/the-night-witches.htm. 

Giorgio Vasari born - July 30, 1511

On this day in 1511, artist, architect, and writer Giorgio Vasari was born. You can learn more about Vasari in an episode of Stuff You Missed in History Class at https://www.missedinhistory.com/podcasts/giorgio-vasari.htm. 

Arc de Triomphe inaugurated - July 29, 1836

On this day in 1836, the Arc de Triomphe in Paris was inaugurated.