August 8 Peace Love Activism

August 8 Peace Love Activism



August 8 Peace Love Activism

August 8, 1925: more than 35,000 Ku Klux Klan members marched down Constitution Avenue in Washington, D.C., wearing their Klan robes but not their masks. The march marked the high point of the Klan’s power in the 1920s when it had a strong national presence and was almost as focused on attacking the Catholic Church as it was on African-Americans. (BH, see Aug 25; Terrorism, see September 1, 1926)
August 8, 2014: Ferguson, Missouri, Police Officer Darren Wilson shot and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old. Wilson claimed he shot Brown as the teen ran at him after the two fought over his gun. But multiple witnesses, including the majority of those heard by a grand jury, said Brown did not run toward the officer. Many said Brown had his hands up when he was shot and killed. On Nov. 24, a grand jury voted not to indict Wilson, setting off protests across America. NYT article (B & S, see Aug 11; Brown, see June 20,  2017)

Nuclear/Chemical News

August 8, 1955: the Geneva Conference on the Peaceful Uses of Atomic Energy (ICPUAE) was opened, sponsored by the United Nations. By the time the conference ended on 20 August, hundreds of papers had been read and discussed. Dr. Homi Bhabha was elected to preside over the conference. In his presidential address, he said, “nuclear energy would provide a short cut to the prosperity of the developing countries that the industrialized countries were now beginning to enjoy.” Varied uses of nuclear energy were considered, but particularly in the field of generation of electricity. (see May 20, 1956)

August 8 Music et al

August 8 – 15, 1960: Brian Hyland's “Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini” #1 Billboard Hot 100.

see Bob Dylan for more
August 8, 1964: released fourth album, Another Side of Bob Dylan. Became 1964’s 10th biggest selling album.  He recorded the entire album on  June 9. (see Aug 28)
‘Abbey Road’ album cover

August 8 Peace Love Activism

August 8, 1969: the photo session for the cover of The Beatles 'Abbey Road' album took place on the crossing outside Abbey Road studios. Photographer Iain McMillan, balanced on a step-ladder in the middle of the road took six shots of John, Ringo, Paul, and George walking across the zebra crossing while a policeman held up the traffic. The band then returned to the studio and recorded overdubs on ‘The End’, ‘I Want You (She's So Heavy)’ and ‘Oh! Darling’. (see Aug 15 – 18)
August 8 Peace Love Activism

see Daniel Ellsberg/Pentagon Papers for more

August 8, 1970: Daniel Ellsberg and Patricia Marx married; Marx changes her name to Ellsberg. (DE/PP, see March 1971)

VP Agnew Scandal

August 8, 1973: Vice President Spiro T. Agnew branded as "damned lies" reports he had taken kickbacks from government contracts in Maryland and vowed not to resign. (see Oct 10)

Watergate Scandal

August 8, 1974: President Richard M. Nixon announced his resignation effective Aug 9  (see Aug 9)

Irish Troubles

August 8, 1981:  ninth hunger striker dies. Thomas McElwee (23) died after 62 days on hunger strike. This weekend marked the tenth Anniversary of the introduction of Internment and there were widespread riots in Republican areas. Three people were killed during disturbances over the weekend. (see Aug 9)

César E. Chávez

August 8 Peace Love Activism

August 8, 1994: President Clinton posthumously presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom to César E. Chávez. His widow, Helen, accepted the medal. (May 30, 1995)

Sexual Abuse of Children

August 8, 2003:  seeking a resolution to the sex abuse crisis, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston offered $55 million to settle more than 500 clergy sex abuse lawsuits, according to a document obtained by The AP. Those who say they were abused as children by clergy would have 30 days to accept the offer, and 95 percent of the claimants would have to participate. Attorney Jeffrey Newman, who represented more than 200 alleged victims, said, "We think it's a very good start, but it's only a start." (see Aug 23)


August 8, 2009: Sonia Sotomayor became the third woman and the first Hispanic to serve on the Supreme Court. (see Dec 7)


August 8, 2013:  Paul Miller, the 66-year-old Flagler Beach resident sentenced to life in prison in June for the murder of Dana Mulhall, his neighbor, in 2012, was moved to what may be his permanent home for the rest of his life: Dade Correctional Institution in Florida City, south of Miami, some 350 miles from his home–and spouse–in Flagler Beach. (see Nov 27)

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