Marcus Garvey born - August 17, 1887

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.