1858 – First news dispatch by telegraph. It read: “Don’t forget milk. Oh and cookies. Cookies would be nice.”
1883 – The eruption of Krakatoa begins its final, paroxysmal, stage. Movie producers forget their west from their east.
1939 – The first Major League Baseball game is telecast, a doubleheader between the Cincinnati Reds and the Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field, in Brooklyn, New York. Who won, does anybody know? I have a bet going on.
1978 – Papal conclave, 1978 (August): Pope John Paul I is elected to the Papacy. He doesn’t last too long, though; 33 days, in fact. His death became a conspiracy theorist’s dream.
Born on this day were:
Chris Pine, the new Captain James T. Kirk, is 40. Beware of Klingons, Chris.
He shares his birthday and age with Home Alone star, Macaulay Culkin.
However, on this day in 1980, the world lost a legend: the cartoonist Tex Avery. Take it away, Tex.