Saturday, August 13, 2011

August 13

Track Year Event Artist Song Album
1 1553 Michael Servetus is arrested by John Calvin in Geneva as a heretic. Aidan John Moffat Less Than Three Ten Short Songs
2 1831 Nat Turner sees a solar eclipse, which he believes is a sign from God. Eight days later he and 70 other slaves kill approximately 55 whites in Southampton County, Virginia. Badly Drawn Boy I Need a Sign How Did I Get Here?
3 1898 Carl Gustav Witt discovers 433 Eros, the first near-Earth asteroid to be found. John Cage 4'33" John Cage
4 1913 First production in the UK of stainless steel by Harry Brearley. Mira Stainless Apart
5 1920 Polish-Soviet War: the Battle of Warsaw begins and will last till August 25. The Red Army is defeated. Queen The Miracle The Miracle
6 1942 Major General Eugene Reybold of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers authorizes the construction of facilities that would house the "Development of Substitute Materials" project, better known as the Manhattan Project. Flash Manhattan Morning Out of Our Hands
7 1969 The Apollo 11 astronauts are released from a three-week quarantine to enjoy a ticker-tape parade in New York. That evening, at a state dinner in Los Angeles, they are awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by U.S. President Richard Nixon. Stereolab Ticker-Tape of the Unconscious Dots and Loops

(Historical facts about August 13 are from Wikipedia.)

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