Celebrating shredded wheat, Swedish neutrality and 'The Twist'
Many interesting things have happened on Aug. 1 over the years.
On this day in 30 B.C., Octavian Augustus arrived in Alexandria, Egypt, and declared it for the Roman Republic. Apparently he had no clue of the calendar day and was rumored to have said, “OK, my name is August, and since this is my first day here, let’s just call it that — August first. Thank goodness we’ve gotten past that wretched July tourist rush!”
Then, 1,804 years later, in 1774, Joseph Priestly, an English theologian and chemist, discovered oxygen. Think about it — these days, we can only hold our breath for about 30 seconds!
On this day in 1780, Sweden declared neutrality. The next day they all moved to Minnesota.
The United States completed its first census on this date in 1790. Of the 3,939,214 people counted, 35 percent were slaves.
On Aug. 1, 1793, France introduced the metric system, which means we’ve been confused for exactly 220 years.
Slavery was abolished throughout the British Empire on this day in 1834, decades before the United States would do the same. So much for being “revolutionary.”
In 1893, we became more “regular” on this day because Henry Perky and William Ford patented “Shredded Wheat.” The original name of “Ford’s Perky Poop Enhancer” was abandoned after much persuasion.
Adolph Hitler opened the Olympic Games in Berlin on this day in 1936. Some say the Fuhrer’s last words before dying in his bunker were: “We could have won the war had Jesse Owens been on our side.”
The first Jeep rolled off the assembly line on Aug. 1, 1941.
Anne Frank’s final diary entry was dated Aug. 1, 1944.
We started doing “The Twist” 53 years ago today, thanks to Chubby Checker.
Billy Martin was hired as manager of the New York Yankees — for the first time — on this day in 1975. Exactly one year later, Liz Taylor divorced Richard Burton, for the second time.
On Aug. 1, 2013, the Renegade Chef publishes three recipes in a Pequot Lakes newspaper — the most significant event to open the month in 37 years.