August 19 was the day in history when…
2009: U.S. Army officer William Calley publicly apologized for the mass killings in the Vietnamese community of My Lai. In March of 1968, Calley participated in the slaying of 500 men, women, and children in the village. He was the only person convicted of the crime and was sentenced to life in prison. President Nixon reduced the sentence and Calley only served three years of house arrest. He apologized during a speech at a meeting of the Kiwanis Club of Greater Columbus. It was the first time Calley spoke publicly of the incident, saying “There is not a day that goes by that I do not feel remorse for what happened that day in My Lai.”
1995: Shannon Faulkner became the first woman to enter The Citadel, one of six military college. Located in South Carolina, it was founded in 1842 and was all male until Faulkner was admitted after a successful lawsuit. After four hours of military indoctrination training, Faulkner spent the next several days in the infirmary. She resigned after five days, citing physical and emotional exhaustion, and abuse. After her departure, the male cadets celebrated.
1993: Fisher Price and Mattel announced a deal to merge. Fisher Price, known for manufacturing preschool toys became a division of Mattel, best known for toys designed for older children like Barbie and Hot Wheels.
1692: Five people were executed on this day during the Salem Witch Trials. What started as concern for two young girls who were behaving strangely, quickly spiraled out of control. Nine-year-old Elizabeth Parris and eleven-year-old Abigail Williams began acting bizarrely, screaming, swearing, and having seizures. In the town’s struggle to make sense of what was happening to the children, it was decided that the girls must have been the victims of Satan. Folding under pressure to identify the agents of the devil, the children identified Sarah Good, Sarah Osborne, and Tituba a Caribbean slave. The three women were interviewed by the town magistrates. More reports of witchcraft surfaced and a period of a few months, dozens of people had been accused of being witches. On this particular day, George Jacobs, Sr., Martha Carrier, George Burroughs, John Proctor, and John Willard were hanged on Gallows Hill. In total, over twenty people were executed as witches.
1965: Kyra Sedgwick- actress
1963: John Stamos- actor
1955: Peter Gallagher- actor
1952: Jonathan Frakes- actor
1948: Tipper Gore- wife of vice president Al Gore
1946: William Jefferson “Bill” Clinton- 42nd U.S. President
Notable People Lost:
1987: Hayden Rorke- actor
1977: Groucho Marx, American Comedian
1601: Michael the Brave- ruler of Turkey
Odd Holidays (There’s Always Something to Celebrate!):
National Aviation Day
Spicy Food Day
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