In some parts of this country, the days of August have a special name: the dog days of summer. It may refer to the doggedly hot temperatures most regions encounter; others say it raises people’s tempers, causing some to bark like dogs; some say it’s like the laid-back attitude of a dog finding a shady tree to achieve comfort.
On August 1st in 1291, the Republic of Switzerland was founded. (Swiss Independence Day)
On August 1st in 1625, the British Parliament moved to Oxford.
On August 1st, in 1790, the first U. S. Census was taken.
On August 2nd in 1922, Alexander Graham Bell, the inventor of the telephone, died. The United States phone system shut down for two whole minutes in deference to Bell. It was the only time in history that telephones throughout this nation went silent in unison for more than two seconds.
On August 2nd in 1939, Albert Einstein, wrote a letter to President Franklin D. Roosevelt. He was born in Ulm, Germany in 1879, winning the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1921, escaped Nazi Germany and immigrated to the U.S. and championed the need for atomic research. Although a man of peace, he helped forge the key to the world’s most terrible weapon.
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