Tuesday

Austin Mini 30th August ( 1959 ) The first "Austin Mini 7" called an Austin Seven from the British Motor Corporation ( Sir Alec Issigonis ) goes on sale for £497 ( first shown on August 14th ) making it one of the cheapest saloon cars available in answer to the fuel shortage and petrol rationing caused by the Suez Canal crisis in 1956. The car had a four-cylinder water-cooled transverse mounted 850 cc engine, four speed gearbox and front wheel drive, because of the design and suspension the ride was hard but the handling was legendary for a cheap non - sports car. The name Mini was not used on the cars until 1962 as the press and the public had already renamed the car. The most popular British-made car ever gained ( 5.4 million sold )in popularity as it was featured in movies, driven by trendy pop stars and movie celebrities and had considerable success as a rally car winning the Monte Carlo Rally in 1964 / 1965 and 1967.

Direct Line Between Moscow and Washington 30th August ( 1963 ) Following the capabilities of both sides having enough Nuclear Capability to destroy each other and the rest of the world ( The United States and The Soviet Union ) set up A 24 hour a day direct line between Moscow and Washington to prevent the possibility of an accidental war.

Leona Helmsley 30th August ( 1989 ) Leona Helmsley the billionaire New York City hotel operator and real estate investor is convicted and sentenced to 16 years in prison ( Later Most charges were dropped and she served served 18 months in federal prison )
1 count of conspiracy to defraud the United States.
3 counts of tax evasion.
3 counts of filing false personal tax returns.
10 counts of mail fraud.
She is best known for a quote to a former housekeeper Elizabeth Baum when asked about her taxes
"We don't pay taxes. Only the little people pay taxes."


Euro Currency Formally Introduced 30th August ( 2001 ) The new Euro currency which will come into operation next year is formally introduced and shown to the press in Frankfurt, Germany prior to it's leagal tender status from January next year.

Taking you back to the late 80s with Baywatch which debuted in 1989

Monday

Beatles Candlestick Park 29th August ( 1966 ) The Beatles play their final tour date, at Candlestick Park in San Francisco.

Warren Steed Jeffs Arrested 29th August ( 2006 ) Warren Steed Jeffs is arrested in Nevada by a local patrol officer, Warren Jeffs was on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted List due to his involvement for alleged arrangement of extralegal marriages between his adult male followers and underage girls. He was the leader of the controversial polygamist sect known as the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and in November 20, 2007 he was found guilty of multiple charges and sentenced to 10 years to life imprisonment.

Windsor Free Festival 29th August ( 1974 ) Windsor Free Festival ends when police clash with fans on the final day of the concert, arresting over 200 with charges ranging from breach of the peace to drugs offences. The 1974 festival was the last of the free festivals at Windsor Great Park held in 1972, 1973 and 1974.


Soviet Union First Atomic Bomb 29th August ( 1949 ) The Soviet Union test their first atomic bomb, it was near copy of the United States Fat Man bomb with a yield of 21 kilotons, making the Soviet Union the world's second nuclear power. The world was not fully informed until September 23rd nearly one month later.


Hurricane Katrina 29th August ( 2005 ) Hurricane Katrina a Category 5 Storm with sustained winds of 145 MPH and gusts reaching 175 MPH is the most destructive hurricane ever to hit the United States. The storm caused massive devastation in and around the city of New Orleans with some of the worst problems caused when storm surges overwhelmed the city’s levees, flooding 80 percent of the city. Many questions were asked about the federal governments slow response to the people of New Orleans when compared with the response to earlier hurricanes in Florida. Hurricane Katrina was the most costly natural disaster in American history, with damages of more than $80 billion. In all, more than 1,800 people died and despite efforts to rebuild the city, large parts of New Orleans still remain heavily damaged and many thousands have left the area and are unlikely to return .

Sunday

New Speeding Laws 28th August ( 1923 ) In the ever increasing fight against speeding drivers new laws have been implemented in many states that allow the magistrates to put the car in store for periods of time which depends on the severity of the speeding offence and if the motorist is a repeat offender, also due to the increase in accidents by speeders some are being sentenced to farm labor.

Milk Raised To 24 cents per quart 28th August ( 1956 ) The price of milk is to be raised to 27 cents per quart for delivery and 24 cents per quart when purchased at a shop.

Hurricane Katrina 28th August ( 2005 ) Four days before Hurricane Katrina strikes New Orleans it is categorized as a Category 5 hurricane and the Mayor of New Orleans Ray Nagin orders everyone in the city to evacuate ahead of the landfall of Hurricane Katrina.


Anti-Vietnam War Protestors Chicago 28th August ( 1968 ) At the democratic convention in Chicago 10's of thousands of Anti-Vietnam war protestors battle police in the streets. The mayor of Chicago Richard Daley calls in 15,000 state and federal officers together with Chicago 12,000 officers to control the streets. As the situation worsened Television Cameras were on hand as Police used tear gas and were beating the protestors including innocent newsmen and doctors who had come to aid the injured . The backlash from these happenings shown on news programmes throughout the country caused a swell of the ordinary American to question what America was doing in Vietnam if that was how they treated their own citizens.


"I Have A Dream Speech" 28th August ( 1963 )
More than 200,000 people gather for a peaceful civil rights rally on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, and Martin Luther King, Jr. makes one of the most well known and quoted speeches in Modern Day History saying the immortal words " I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character" to the peaceful demonstrators black and white, poor and rich who had came together in the nation's capital to demand voting rights and equal opportunity for African Americans and to appeal for an end to racial segregation and discrimination.
In October 1964, Martin Luther King, Jr., was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. On April 4, 1968, he was shot to death while standing on a motel balcony in Memphis, Tennessee.

Saturday

Guinness Book of World Records 27th August ( 1955 ) The "Guinness Book of World Records" compiled by student twins Norris and Ross McWhirter is published for the first time and becomes an instant success. The book was originally owned by the Guinness Brewery ( Hence The Name ) it is currently owned by ( the Jim Pattison Group ) which the same company who owns Ripley Entertainment , Inc. The Guinness Book of Records holds it's own record as the world's most sold copyrighted book.

Lord Louis Mountbatten Murdered 27th August ( 1979 ) The second cousin of the Queen Lord Louis Mountbatten is killed when IRA terrorists detonate a 50-pound bomb on his fishing boat in Donegal Bay off Ireland's northwest coast. Three others were also killed in the attack, he was one of the most popular members of the royal family because he was fighting alongside his fellow Brits as a Commander in the British Royal navy, including commanding the HMS Kelly which was sunk early in the war, he still continued sea service taking his chances alongside his men .

Teachers in Chicago Given Back Pay 27th August ( 1934 ) Teachers in Chicago have at last been given their back pay after suffering with no wages for long periods of time, 18,000 teachers were affected because Chicago did not have money to pay them and most will receive over $1,000. Many lined up at the bank from long before the bank opened to cash their checks and it is expected that local traders would see a spending spree and paying of long outstanding bills which would help to boost the local economy.


Frank LLoyd Wright 27th August ( 1928 )
Frank LLoyd Wright the celebrated architect has remarried his long time girlfriend Olga Millinoff a Montenegren Dancer in California.