Thursday, August 11, 2011

August 11

Track Year Event Artist Song Album
1 3114 BC The Mesoamerican Long Count calendar, used by several pre-Columbian Mesoamerican civilizations, notably the Mayans, begins. Beef Terminal 15 Days and Counting Humidex
2 1929 Babe Ruth becomes the first baseball player to hit 500 home runs in his career with a home run at League Park in Cleveland, Ohio. C Clamp Bats Meander + Return
3 1942 Actress Hedy Lamarr and composer George Antheil receive a patent for a frequency hopping, spread spectrum communication system that later became the basis for modern technologies in wireless telephones and Wi-Fi. Refused Liberation Frequency The Shape of Punk to Come
4 1965 Race riots (the Watts riots) begin in the Watts area of Los Angeles, California. Doves Lost in Watts Catch the Sun
5 1984 "We begin bombing in five minutes" - United States President Ronald Reagan, while running for re-election, jokes while preparing to make his weekly Saturday address on National Public Radio. The Smiths That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore Meat is Murder
6 1999 The Salt Lake City Tornado tears through the downtown district of the city, killing one. The Pine Loner Lead Blocks for Feet
7 2003 A heat wave in Paris results in temperatures rising to 112 °F (44 °C), leaving about 144 people dead. MIrah Heat Gets Hotter Storageland

(Historical facts about August 11 are from Wikipedia.)

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