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Rest of Summer August Calendar History

Posted on October 7, 2014 at 1:27 AM
Sorry it takes so much for me to get back to the lessons. Grandma is dealing with problems of her own. The rest of August Calendar History begins with Day August 21.

August 21 Birthdays follow:

August 21 1904 William "Count" Basie,  American jazz bandleader, was born.

August 21, 1936 Wilt Chamberlain, professional basketball player, was born.

Events are as follows for August 21:

August 21, 1560 A Total Eclipse of the Sun was observed in Spain 
and Portugal. Witnesses believed it was the end of the world.

Book (1) reports in "Explaining an eclipse-Have your (children) investigate what happens during a solar eclipse, then make diagrams showing the position of the sun, moon, and earth. Afterward, ask the kids to imagine that they were living tin Spain or Portugal during the total eclipse of the sun in 1560. Have them write down their thoughts as if they were composing a diary entry for that day."

August 21, 1621 "One Widow and Eleven Maides" departed London
 for Jamestown, Va. They were to be sold to wife-seeking 
bachelors for 120 pounds of tobacco apiece.

August 21, 1831 Nat Turner led a slave insurrection in 
Southampton County, Va.

August 21, 1878 Dan Casey of the New York Giants 
struck out in the ninth inning, providing Ernest Thayer 
with the inspiration for his famous poem, "Casey at the Bat."

August 1888 William S. Burroughs received a patent for an 
Adding Machine.

August 21, 1959 Hawaii became the 50th state.

Book (1) writes "Hawaiian volcanoes-Have your students locate Hawaii on a map, then ask them to locate and find out about its significant volcanoes. Haleakala, on the island of Maui, is the largest dormant volcano in the world. Its crater is 7 miles long and 2 miles wide. Diamond Head, an extinct volcano, is located on the island of Oahu. Mauna Loa and Kilauea, on the island of Hawaii, are still active. Have students research the differences between active, dormant, and extinct volcanoes. Then use their information to make a class chart."

August 21, 1991 Two days after seizing Soviet president 
Mikail Gorbachev and declaring a 6-month state of emergency, 
the Leaders of the Soviet Coup Surrendered.

Book (1) says in "Beginning of th end of the USSR-The leaders of the Soviet coup surrendered in the face of widespread public resistance and the refusal of key army units to obey their orders. They'd failed to take into account the changes that several years of democratic reforms had brought to Soviet society. And they hadn't arrested the Russian president, Boris Yeltsin, who rallied the people of Moscow and convinced army units oppose the conspirators. Although Mikhail Gorbachev returned to office after the coup, his power had eroded. Within 6 months the Soviet Union no longer existed as a political entity, having been replaced by the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). Challenge your (children) to research the republics in the CIS. What are their boundaries? What are their capitals? Who are their leaders? What ethnic groups do they embrace, and what are their populations?"

Next day is August 22 starting with the Birthdays:

August 22, 1862 Claude Debussy, French musician and composer, was born.

Book (1) points out in "Classroom concert-goers-Celebrate the music of Claude Debussy by inviting your (children) to become classroom concert-goers. Select 20 to 40 minutes' worth of Debussy recordings, then have the children relax and listen. If they wish, students can draw pictures, write poems or stories, or simply jot down thoughts inspired by this master's music."

August 22, 1920 Ray Bradbury, American science fiction writer, was born.

Book (1) has this to say here in "Fact and (science) fiction-In honor of Ray Bradbury's birthday, share with your (children) his classic short story "The Veldt." Then ask the kids to note how many of the inventions, technologies, and appliances described in this story written in the 1950s exist today. Discuss how Bradbury and other science fiction writers are able to correctly predict the invention and use of new technologies. Then have (the children) review recent newspapers to find current technological breakthroughs. Invite them to write their own science fiction stories incorporating these new technologies."

August 22, 1920 Denton Cooley, American surgeon who was a 
pioneer in the area of heart transplant operations, was born.

August 22, 1934 H. Norman Schwarzkopf, American general 
and commander of Operation Desert Storm, was born.

August 22, 1949 Diana Nyad, American marathon swimmer, was born.

Next are the Events of August 22:

August 22 1762 Ann Franklin, Benjamin Franklin's sister-in-law, 
became the First Female Editor of an American Newspaper, 
The Mercury of Newport, R.I.

August 22, 1851 The yacht America won the First America's Cup Race.

August 22, 1865 William Sheppard patented Liquid Soap.

Book (1) writes "Sampling soaps-To mark the anniversary of William Sheppard's patent for liquid soap, collect--...a variety of brands of liquid soap. ...have them compare and contrast the various soaps for quality of suds, texture, cleaning power, scent, color, and price. Review (their) ratings, then design a ..."Soap seal of Approval," (The children) can extend their study of liquid soap into the realm of video or audio advertising. Have the kids develop a commercial for their selected super soap. Record or videotape their presentations. (These could possibly be sent into a soap company but don't be surprised if they might steal your ideas from you.)"

August 22, 1881 Clara Barton established the First Chapter 
of the American Association of the Red Cross.

August 22, 1902 Theodore Roosevelt became the First President 
to Ride a Car.

August  22, 1991 In Moscow, a 14-Ton Statue of Felix
Dzerzhinsky, the founder of the Soviet KGB, was 
dismantled while a crowd of 10,000 cheered.

Now we move onto August 23 with the Birthdays:

August 23, 1905 Ernie Bushmiller, American cartoonist 
and creator of the comic strip "Nancy", was born.

Book (1( says in "Personalized comics- In honor of Ernie Bushmiller's birthday, share with your (children) several installments of the "Nancy" comic strip. Then give each child a 3-inch-wide strip of plain paper to fold into fourths. Invite the kids to create comic strips with themselves as the title character."

August 23, 1912 Gene Kelly, American actor and dancer, was born.

Next are the following Events for August 23rd:

August 23, 1775 King George III of England declared that
 the American Colonies were in Rebellion.

August 23, 1784 Settlers west of the Alleghenies established 
the Independent State of Franklin and attempted to win 
admission to the United States.

August 23, 1923 Billy Jones and Ernie Hare, the First Radio 
Comedians, went on the air for the first time.

Book (1) says in "Radio comedy-To mark the anniversary of the first time comedians were heard on the radio, have your (children) produce their own "radio" comedy shows. Working (together the) can gather joke and riddle books or create their own humorous stories and dialogue. Have the (children) take turns tape-recording their funny material in another room. Then play back their "shows" for a "radio audience" of (the family)."

August 23, 1955 John Hackett and Peter Moneypenny made the First London-New York Round-trip in the Same Day. They flew 6,920 miles in 14 hours and 22 minutes.

The story is mentioned in Book (1) under "Rapid round-trip-Challenge your (children) to use their calculators to figure out Hackett and Moneypenny's average speed on their record-setting round-trip flight."

August 23, 1956 The First Nonstop Transcontinental Helicopter 
Flight took place.

August 23, 1977 The First Human-powered Flight took place in
 Schafter, Calif., when Bryan Allen flew the 70-pound,
 pedal-powered  Gossamer Condor for 1 mile.

Next day is August 24 with the Birthdays as follows:

August 24, 1960 Cal Ripken, Jr., professional baseball player, was born.

August 24, 1965 Marlee Matlin, American actress, was born.

Next are the Events for August 24 as follows:

August 24, 79 (This is not a typing error.)Mt. Vesuvius Erupted, 
destroying the Toman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum.

August 24, 1814 British Soldiers invaded Washington and burned
 the Capitol and the White House.

August 24, 1869 Cornelius Swartout patented the Waffle Iron.

Book (1) says in "Wonders of waffles-How many of your (children) enjoy eating waffles for breakfast? Ask the children if the waffles they typically eat are freshly made--with a waffle iron--or frozen. What other breakfast foods do they enjoy? Make a chart of class breakfast favorites. Then challenge students to rate the nutritional values of these foods against the nutritional value of waffles. Have them use their information to create posters, which can be displayed in the (kitchen or somewhere)."

August 24, 1875 Matthew Webb began the First Successful Swim 
of the English Channel from Dover England. He reached Calais, 
France, 21 hours and 45 minutes later.

Book (1) makes an activity of it through "A swimmer's challenge-Since Matthew Webb first swam the English Channel in 1875, many others have repeated his feat. Have (the children) locate the English Channel on a map of Europe. Where is its narrowest point? (Between Dover, England, and Calais, France, the Channel is only about 20 miles wide.) Next, have (the children) do research to find out how many hours it has taken swimmers since Webb to cross the Channel. Plot the results on a graph."

August 24, 1887 The United States established a Scientific 
Observation Post in Greenland.

August 24, 1932 Amelia Earhart became the First Woman 
to make a Nonstop Flight Across the United States, from 
Los Angeles to Newark, N.J. The trip took 19 hours and 5 minutes.

Book (1) writes in "Coast-to-coast questions-Have your (children) use their math and geography skills to determine the mileage from Los Angeles to Newark, N.J. At approximately what speed was Amelia Earhart traveling? Recently, it took about 5 hours and 45 minutes to make a transcontinental flight. Can your (children) calculate the approximate speed at which modern jets travel?"

August 24, 1959 Hiran Fong was sworn in as the First
 Chinese-American in the Senate.

August 24, 1959 Daniel Inouye was sworn in as the
 First Japanese-American Member of the House
 of Representatives.

August 24, 1987 West Germany opened its First 
Wind-Energy Park. Its 30 windmills generate up to 
2 million kilowatt hours of electricity a year.

August 24, 1992 Hurricane Andrew tore through 
densely populated areas of southern Florida, 
becoming the costliest natural disaster in U.S. history.

(As some of the stories given in these August days are about some of the disasters of our world Grandma wants you to know there is also a section in Book (57) Grandma has not given you yet and she hopes to here soon.)(Grandma also want to note here that in Book (1) are given a picture or two with the activities but you can draw your own or paste pictures from magazines, newspapers, etc.--They are what the children in Mexico from our family enjoyed tracing from.)

Now we will cover August 25 through the Birthdays first:

August 25, 1836 Bret Harte, American author, was born.

August 25, 1918 Leonard Bernstein, American composer 
and conductor, was born.

August 25, 1927 Althea Gibson, tennis star who became 
the first African-American to win a major U.S. title, was born.

Next we will cover the Events for August 25:

August 25, 1718 The City of New Orleans was founded 
by Jean Baptiste la Moyne.

August 25, 1825 Uruguay declared its independence from Brazil.

August 25, 1829 The government of Mexico rejected President 
Andrew Jackson's Bid to Buy the Mexican State of Texas.

August 25, 1916 The National Park Service was established 
within the Department of the Interior.

Book (1) writes in "Future parks-Have your (children) brainstorm for ways parks of the future may be different from today's parks. List the kids" ideas .... Have (them) develop a plan for a futuristic park. (They) might create maps, three-dimensional models, dioramas, murals, or advertisements for their park. Display their work... ."

August 25, 1921 The United States Signed a Peace Treaty 
With Germany, officially ending World War I hostilities 
between the two nations.

Then Book (1) challenges your talents in "The changing face of Europe-Have your(children) compare and contrast maps of pre- and post-World War I Europe.  What differences do they notice?
Next,show the kids post-World War II and contemporary maps of Europe. Can anyone give an overview of the political conditions that gave rise to all the changes?"

August 25, 1944 Allied Forces Liberated Paris, ending the 
Nazis' 4-year occupation of the French capital during World War II.

August 25, 1989 U.S. government officials announced a $65 million 
aid package to help the government of Colombia fight the drug trade.

August 25 is also called Kiss-And-Make-Up Day and UFO Day

Book (1) writes this activity called "Flying saucer fun-On UFO Day, get your (childrens') imaginations soaring. Welcome them in the morning with some "outer space" music--perhaps the theme from 2001:A Space Odyssey. Next, have them each write a letter inviting an alien to visit your (home). How might they "mail" these letters? Afterward, read aloud a science fiction story. Finally, ...give each ...a paper bag filled with ordinary objects and discarded items--screws, twist ties, paper cups, bottle tops, plastic sandwich bags, old keys, erasers, aluminum foil, and so on. Then challenge each ... to create a UFO from the materials. Let the kids suspend their UFOs from (your home) ceiling."

The Next day is August 26 with 5 birthdays as follows:

August 26, 1740 Joseph Michel Montgolfier, French balloonist, was born.

August 26, 1838 John Wilkes Booth, American actor who 
assassinated Abraham Lincoln, was born.

August 26, 1873 Lee De Forest, American inventor who 
made important contributions to the development of radio 
and television, was born.

August 26, 1906 Albert Sabin, Russian-American microbiologist 
who developed an oral polio vaccine, was born.

August 26, 1935 Geraldine Ferraro, American politician who, 
as the Democratic candidate for vice president in 1984, 
became the first woman to run on a major party's national ticket, 
was born. 

Now we will move into The Events of August 26 along with the activities:

August 26, 1498 Michelangelo was commissioned to create the Pieta.

August 26, 1873 The First U. S. Public School Kindergarten was established.

Book (1) has an activity to go along with this event called "Kindergarten then and now-Celebate the opening of the first U.S. kindergarten by having older students visit (a family with kindergarten children in their homes or even a kindergarten class. Before the visit, have each (child) write a story about a favorite kindergarten memory. Then have the kids buddy up with kindergartners and share their stories. Afterward, they can help their "little buddies" write and illustrate stories about their favorite kindergarten activities. Post all the stories in the hallway under a banner titled "The Best of Kindergarten."

August 26, 1920 The Nineteenth Amendment went into effect, giving 
women the right to vote.

Book (1) brings out "Voting rights-Ask your (children) to speculate on what the word suffragist means.
Then have them check a dictionary. Can they name famous American suffragists, such as Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, and Lucy Stone?"

Therefore, August 26th is also called Women's Equality Day.

August 26, 1939 The Cincinnati Reds and the Brooklyn 
Dodgers played in the First Televised Major League Baseball Game.

Book (1) says in "Out of their league?-Have your (children) name sports besides baseball that are regularly broadcast on television. List these sports on the chalkboard. Are women's sports equally represented? Why or why not? Invite your (children) to write letters to network and cable television officials stating their opinions about the media's coverage of women's sports."

August 26, 1974 Russian cosmonaut Lev Demin became the 
First Grandfather in Space, aboard Soyuz 15.

Now for August 27 with the following Birthdays:

August 27, 1908 Lyndon Baines Johnson, 36th president 
of the United States, was born.

August 27, 1910 Mother Teresa, Albanian-born humanitarian, 
missionary, and Nobel Peace Prize winner, was born.

August 27, 1919 Graham Oakley, children's author, was born.

Now we will cover the Events of August 27:

August 27, 1665 The First Theatrical Performance in the 
American Colonies took place at Accomac, Va. A piece 
called Ye Bear and Ye Cubb was performed.

Book (1) brings out an activity for this performance called "Classroom performances-To celebrate the first theatrical performance in the colonies, have (them) perform a dramatic reading, skit, play, or puppet show."

August 27, 1789 The French National Assembly adopted 
the Declaration of the Rights of Man.

August 27, 1859 The First Successful Oil Well in the 
United States was drilled near Titusville, Pa.

Book (1) has this to say in "Oil drilling and spilling-Since the first U.S. oil well was drilled, Americans have experienced the benefits--and hazards--of using oil. One major hazard is an oil spill, which can occur when oil is being transported. In 1989, for example, the tanker Exxon Valdez spilled 240,000 barrels of oil in Alaska's Prince William Sound. To help students understand the difficulties of cleaning up an oil spill, have them conduct this simple experiment. Give (the children) a shallow pan filled with water and some eyedroppers, straws, paper towels, cotton balls, and spoons. Add about 14 cup of vegetable oil to the pans. Ask the (children) to clean up the "spill" with the materials they were given, and discuss the results. Then have the (children) research the kinds of techniques used to clean up real-life oil spills."

August 27, 1883 Krakatoa, a volcanic island in the Indonesian 
Sunda Strait, exploded, creating a 120-Foot-High Tidal Wave.

Book (1) explains in "Killer wave-The Krakatoa explosion produced what may have been the loudest noise in earth's history and left a 600-foot-deep hole under Sunda Strait where the island had once been. It also created a 120-foot-high tidal wave that killed 36,000 people. Use an almanac and a map of the United States to determine which cities might be covered with water if a 120-foot tidal wave struck the eastern or western coasts. How many people live in those cities? Then have your (children) examine topography maps to get a rough estimate of how much land would be lost if the water level rose 120 feet. Using this information, have the kids create a new U.S. map showing the post-tidal-wave coastline."

August 27, 1904 The First Automobile Driver Jailed for Speeding 
was given a 5-day sentence in Newport County, R.I.

August 27, 1984 President Ronald Reagan announced that a 
schoolteacher would be the First Citizen Astronaut.

August 27, 1989 Pictures received from the U.S. space probe 
Voyager 2 showed signs of Volcanoes on Triton, a moon of Neptune.

Next is August 28 beginning with the three Birthdays:

August 28, 1904 Roger Duvoisin, children's illustrator, was born.

Book (1) gives an explanation in the following activity called "Wise-guy stories-Caldecott medalist Roger Duvoisin introduced children to Petunia the silly goose in 1950. Many of his Petunia stories tackle important philosophical questions. Ask your (children) to discuss how they can tell if someone is smart, then read aloud Petunia. Petunia thought that carrying a book would make her wise. Invite your (children) to create stories in which the main character finds or wears something that makes others think he or she is wise."

August 28, 1926 Phyllis Krasilovsky, children's author, was born.

August 28, 1958 Scott Hamilton, American figure skater, was born.

Next are the Events for August 28 as follows:

August 28, 1609 English navigator Henry Hudson discovered the Delaware Bay.

August 28, 1830 The First American-Built Locomotive, the Tom Thumb
lost a race with a horse-drawn stagecoach.

August 28, 1922 The First Radio Commercial was aired.

August 28, 1957 Senator Strom Thurmond of South Carolina 
set a Filibuster Record by talking for 24 hours and 18 minutes.

Book (1) has an activity to go with this event called "Delaying tactic-Have your (children) look up the meaning of the word filibuster. Why is this technique used? Do your (children) think filibusters should be permitted in the Senate? Why or why not?"

August 28, 1963 Martin Luther King, Jr., spoke to 200,000 
people at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Book (1) gives this activity called "Dreams day-Tell your (children) that Martin Luther King, Jr., helped organize the 1963 March on Washington--the largest civil rights demonstration in U.S. history. During this demonstration, King gave his famous "I Have a Dream" speech. Share a film of King giving this speech, or have (the children) take turns reading the text of it aloud. Discuss which of King's dreams have come true. What dreams do the children have for America, their (community), their families, or themselves? Have them each write their dreams on strips of paper, then post the strips under these categories on a (poster)."

This why August 28 is given the title of "I Have a Dream" Day.

August 28, 1968 British scientists using sonar detected several 
Huge Objects moving through the Water of Loch Ness in Scotland.

August 28, 1989 Disney Productions purchased the Muppets for $100 million.

There is only three more days left of August 29 to carry out beginning with the following Birthdays:

August 29, 1632 John Locke, English philospher, was born.

Book (1) gives this activity called "Natural rights-tell your (children) that John Locke had a profound influence on Thomas Jefferson's writing of the Declaration of Independence. Locke identified three rights of man similar to those Jefferson included in the Declaration: life, liberty, and property. Ask your (children) to track how these rights are being maintained today. For 1 week, have them review newspapers, magazines, and radio and television broadcasts for actions by local, state, and federal governments that affect these rights. Do the kids feel government is doing its job? What government actions might be taken to further protect these rights?"

August 29, 1811 Henry Bergh, founder of the American Society 
for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), was born.

Book (1) covers this in the activity called "Animal rights-Celebrate ASPCA founder Henry Bergh's birthday by having a class discussion about humane treatment of animals. Children who own pets can provide dos and don'ts of pet care. For example, don't keep a large dog confined in a small area (bathroom, laundry room) for long periods; do take the dog for frequent walks. With older children, you can broaden the discussion to include farm and wild animals also."

August 29, 1915 Ingrid Bergman, Swedish actress, was born.

August 29, 1920 Charlie Parker, American jazz saxophonist 
considered a founder of the bebop style, was born.

August 29, 1958 Michael Jackson, American singer, was born.

Book (1) says in "Sensational singer-On singer Michael Jackson's birthday, play some of his hits or screen a couple of his music videos. Explain that in addition to music, Jackson's interests include promoting worldwide peace and intergroup harmony. Then invite your (children) to design birthday cards reflecting the pop star's personality or areas of special concern."

Next are the Events for August 29:

August 29, 1835 The city of Melbourne, Australia, was founded.

August 29, 1884 H. J. Webb completed a 898-Mile Tricycle Ride 
across Scotland.

August 29, 1929 The Airship Graf Zeppelin completed a 
circumnavigation of the globe in record time: 21 days,
 7 hours, 26 minutes.

August 29, 1966 The Beatles Gave Their Last Live 
Performance, at Candlestick Park in San Francisco.

August 29, 1971 Hank Aaron became the First National 
League Baseball Player to Drive in 100 runs in each of 11 Seasons.

August 29, 1982 British explorers Sir Ranulph Fiennes and 
Charles Burton successfully completed the First Aerial 
Circumnavigation of the Globe by way of the North and South Poles. 

Now for August 30th with the following Birthdays:

August 30, 1797 Mary Shelley, English author whose 
best-known work is Frankenstein, was born.

August 30, 1901 Roy Wilkins, American civil rights leader, was born.

August 30, 1909 Virginia Lee Burton, children's author, was born.

August 30, 1918 Ted Williams, American baseball player, was born.

Book (1) says in "Ted Williams math-Boston Red Sox star Ted Williams was one of the greatest hitters in baseball history, Among his many other batting feats, Williams was the last man to hit over .400 in a season, posting a .406 batting average in 1941. Explain to your (children) that batting averages are computed by dividing a player's total number of hits by his total number of at bats, and carrying the division to three decimal places. Thus Williams's .406 batting average means that he got hits 40.6% of the times he was up. Projected over the course of 1,000 at bats, he'd have gotten 406 hits. Now pase this math problem for your (children) to do as quickly as possible in their heads: With his batting average of .406, how many hits would Williams have gotten if he'd have gotten if he'd had 600 at bats? ... Then discuss the kids' strategies. Did (they solve the problem by taking half of 406 (203, or the number of hits Williams would have gotten in 500 at bats), and adding 40.6 (the number he'd have gotten in 100 at bats?"

August 30, 1938 Donald Crews, children's author and illustrator, was born.

Book (1) has an activity in "Inspirations for writing-Donald Crews drew on childhood experiences as inspiration for his book Freight Train. During summer vacations, Crews used to take the train from his home in New Jersey to his grandparents' farm in Florida. His grandparents" porch was only 150 yards from the railroad tracks. Crews liked to sit on the porch and watch the freight trains roll by, counting their cars to pass the time. Share the book Freight Train with your students. Then invite the class to make a freight train to record the books they read for 1 month. Post a construction-paper train engine on a poster board. Then give each child several construction-paper freight cars. Have your students write the titles of books they finish reading on the freight cars, then attach the cars to the train engine."          

Now for the Events of August 30 as follows:

August 30, 1682 William Penn sailed from England to America to take over a tract of land--Pennsylvania--granted to him by the king.

August 30, 1780 General Benedict Arnold secretly promised 
to surrender the American fort at West point, N.Y., to the British. 

August 30, 1830 The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad abandoned
 the horse-powered locomotive for trains powered by steam. 

August 30, 1970 Abraham Zapruder, who filmed the assassination of 
President John F. Kennedy, died.

August 30, 1983 Lt. Col. Guion S. Bluford, Jr., became the 
First African-American Astronaut in Space.

August 30, 1984 The space shuttle Discovery blasted 
off on its maiden voyage. 

Last is August 31 with its Birthdays:

August 31, 1786 Michel Eugene Chevreul, French 
chemist who invented margarine, was born. 

August 31, 1870 Maria Montessori, Italian educator, was born.

Book (1) has an activity for this in "Nontraditional schools-Teacher Maria Montessori was unhappy with the way young children were educated, so she started her own school. Ask your (children) to research the backgrounds of Montessori and others who had to create their own schools or programs to meet specific needs--for example, Booker T. Washington, Howard Gardner, Lucy Calkins, Nancie Atwell, Sylvia Townsend-Warner, and Christopher Whittle. (The children) also can scan newspapers and magazines for information about contemporary school experiments, including for-profit schools, business-run schools, and magnet schools. Encourage the kids to clip pertinent articles and share their information with the (family).

August 31, 1945 Itzhak Perlman, Israeli violinist, was born.

August 31, 1945 Van Morrison, Irish singer and songwriter, was born.

August 31, 1955 Edwin Moses, American track star, was born.

Now the Events for August 31 are as follows:

August 31, 1881 The First Men's Tennis Singles
 Championships were held in Newport, R.I. 

August 31, 1886 The First Recorded Major Earthquake in 
U.S. history rocked Charleston, S.C. 

August 31, 1954 Hurricane Carol hit New England, 
New York, and New Jersey, causing $500 million in damage.

August 31, 1964 The Bureau of the Census announced that 
California had surpassed New York as the most populous 
U.S. state.

Book (1) makes these comments and activity "California, her they come-Renowned for its pleasant weather, miles of beaches, job opportunities, and laid-back life-style, California became a magnet for Americans from other parts of the country. Have your (children) compare the population of their state with that of California, the nation's largest. Also challenge the kids to find countries that have fewer citizens than California. (Do lots of study about California and the inhabitants there. For my argument with one of my brother-in-laws is that some people in Washington D.C. do not understand how the lack of illegal immigrants will affect the fruit industry and how many young citizen Americans will not be willing to do the work they do for us. Right now there are some real strong problems in California because of the economy and the step down on illegal immigrants. Have the children make a report about the problems California is facing.) (Also find out how that may all be affecting the Census now.)                                                                                                                                                           August 31, 1980 Poland's Solidarity trade union was founded
at the port city of Gdansk.

August 31, 1982 The First Giant Squid Captured Alive was 
taken near Bergen, Norway.

  Book (1) brings the story out in "Searching for squid-Ask your (children) to speculate about the size of a typical giant squid. Write their guesses (down), then challenge them to research the correct answer. If possible, buy some squid at a local fish market and let the children examine it. Have them note the squid's sucking discs. What are these used for? (They help the squid trap and hold prey.)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  This the last activity for the summer lessons and for August Calendar History to placed on the time line. Grandma has a few additions she may be adding occasionally. She wishes you the best of luck on your journey through the Home Education Program of Grandma's Place of Natural Learning Center. Have a good year home schooling and take care.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

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