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Saturday 11 August 2018 Calendar with holidays, observances and special days

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Events

  • 2003 – NATO takes over command of the peacekeeping force in Afghanistan, marking its first major operation outside Europe in its 54-year-history.
  • 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.
  • 1972 – Vietnam War: The last United States ground combat unit leaves South Vietnam.
  • 1962 – Vostok 3 launches from the Baikonur Cosmodrome and cosmonaut Andrian Nikolayev becomes the first person to float in microgravity.
  • 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.
  • 1934 – The first civilian prisoners arrive at the Federal prison on Alcatraz Island.
  • 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.
  • 1898 – Spanish–American War: American troops enter the city of Mayagüez, Puerto Rico.
  • 1858 – The Eiger in the Bernese Alps is ascended for the first time by Charles Barrington accompanied by Christian Almer and Peter Bohren.
  • 1804 – Francis II assumes the title of first Emperor of Austria.
  • 3114 BC – The Mesoamerican Long Count calendar, used by several pre-Columbian Mesoamerican civilizations, notably the Maya, begins.

Births

  • 1987 – Drew Storen, American baseball player
  • 1980 – Lee Suggs, American football player
  • 1976 – Ben Gibbard, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1976 – Bubba Crosby, American baseball player
  • 1976 – Will Friedle, American actor and screenwriter
  • 1973 – Kristin Armstrong, American cyclist
  • 1968 – Charlie Sexton, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1967 – Joe Rogan, American actor, comedian, and television host
  • 1965 – Embeth Davidtz, American actress
  • 1965 – Viola Davis, American actress
  • 1964 – Jim Lee, South Korean-American author and illustrator
  • 1962 – Brian Azzarello, American author
  • 1962 – Charles Cecil, English video game designer and co-founded Revolution Software
  • 1962 – Rob Minkoff, American director and producer
  • 1961 – Craig Ehlo, American basketball player and coach
  • 1961 – David Brooks, American journalist and author
  • 1954 – Bryan Bassett, American guitarist
  • 1954 – Vance Heafner, American golfer and coach (d. 2012)
  • 1953 – Hulk Hogan, American wrestler
  • 1952 – Bob Mothersbaugh, American singer, guitarist, and producer
  • 1952 – Reid Blackburn, American photographer (d. 1980)
  • 1950 – Erik Brann, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2003)
  • 1950 – Gennadiy Nikonov, Russian engineer, designed the AN-94 rifle (d. 2003)
  • 1950 – Steve Wozniak, American computer scientist and programmer, co-founded Apple Inc.
  • 1949 – Eric Carmen, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1949 – Tim Hutchinson, American lawyer and politician
  • 1946 – John Conlee, American singer-songwriter
  • 1946 – Marilyn vos Savant, American journalist and author
  • 1944 – Frederick W. Smith, American businessman, founded FedEx
  • 1941 – John Ellison, American-Canadian musician and songwriter
  • 1939 – Ronnie Dawson, American singer and guitarist (d. 2003)
  • 1937 – Patrick Joseph McGovern, American businessman, founded International Data Group (d. 2014)
  • 1936 – Andre Dubus, American short story writer, essayist, and memoirist (d. 1999)
  • 1936 – Bill Monbouquette, American baseball player and coach (d. 2015)
  • 1936 – Jonathan Spence, English-American historian and academic
  • 1933 – Jerry Falwell, American minister and television host (d. 2007)
  • 1932 – Izzy Asper, Canadian lawyer, businessman, and politician, founded Canwest (d. 2003)
  • 1932 – Peter Eisenman, American architect, designed the City of Culture of Galicia
  • 1927 – Stuart Rosenberg, American director and producer (d. 2007)
  • 1925 – Arlene Dahl, American actress, businesswoman and writer
  • 1923 – Stan Chambers, American journalist and actor (d. 2015)
  • 1922 – John "Mule" Miles, American baseball player (d. 2013)
  • 1921 – Alex Haley, American historian and author (d. 1992)
  • 1920 – Mike Douglas, American singer and talk show host (d. 2006)
  • 1919 – Luis Olmo, Puerto Rican-American baseball player and manager (d. 2017)
  • 1915 – Morris Weiss, American author and illustrator (d. 2014)
  • 1913 – Bob Scheffing, American baseball player and manager (d. 1985)
  • 1912 – Raphael Blau, American screenwriter and producer (d. 1996)
  • 1908 – Don Freeman, American author and illustrator (d. 1978)
  • 1905 – Erwin Chargaff, Austrian-American biochemist and academic (d. 2002)
  • 1902 – Lloyd Nolan, American actor (d. 1985)
  • 1900 – Philip Phillips, American archaeologist and scholar (d. 1994)
  • 1897 – Louise Bogan, American poet and critic (d. 1970)
  • 1877 – Adolph M. Christianson, American lawyer and judge (d. 1954)
  • 1836 – Warren Brown, American historian and politician (d. 1919)
  • 1833 – Robert G. Ingersoll, American soldier, lawyer, and politician (d. 1899)
  • 1808 – William W. Chapman, American lawyer and politician (d. 1892)
  • 1807 – David Rice Atchison, American general, lawyer, and politician (d. 1886)
  • 1794 – James B. Longacre, American engraver (d. 1869)

Deaths

  • 2015 – Richard Oriani, Salvadoran-American metallurgist and engineer (b. 1920)
  • 2014 – Robin Williams, American actor and comedian (b. 1951)
  • 2012 – Michael Dokes, American boxer (b. 1958)
  • 2012 – Red Bastien, American wrestler, trainer, and promoter (b. 1931)
  • 2009 – Eunice Kennedy Shriver, American activist, founded the Special Olympics (b. 1921)
  • 2008 – George Furth, American actor and playwright (b. 1932)
  • 2006 – Mike Douglas, American singer and talk show host (b. 1920)
  • 2003 – Armand Borel, Swiss-American mathematician and academic (b. 1923)
  • 2003 – Herb Brooks, American ice hockey player and coach (b. 1937)
  • 2002 – Galen Rowell, American photographer and mountaineer (b. 1940)
  • 1995 – Phil Harris, American singer-songwriter and actor (b. 1904)
  • 1991 – J. D. McDuffie, American race car driver (b. 1938)
  • 1988 – Anne Ramsey, American actress (b. 1929)
  • 1984 – Alfred A. Knopf Sr., American publisher, founded Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. (b. 1892)
  • 1984 – Paul Felix Schmidt, Estonian–American chemist and chess player (b. 1916)
  • 1982 – Tom Drake, American actor and singer (b. 1918)
  • 1977 – Frederic Calland Williams, British co-inventor of the Williams-Kilborn tube, used for memory in early computer systems (b. 1911)
  • 1972 – Max Theiler, South African-American virologist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1899)
  • 1963 – Otto Wahle, Austrian-American swimmer and coach (b. 1879)
  • 1961 – Antanas Škėma, Lithuanian-American author, playwright, actor, and director (b. 1910)
  • 1956 – Jackson Pollock, American painter (b. 1912)
  • 1937 – Edith Wharton, American novelist and short story writer (b. 1862)
  • 1921 – Mary Sumner, English philanthropist, founded the Mothers' Union (b. 1828)
  • 1919 – Andrew Carnegie, Scottish-American businessman and philanthropist, founded the Carnegie Steel Company and Carnegie Hall (b. 1835)
  • 1903 – Eugenio María de Hostos, Puerto Rican-American sociologist, philosopher, and lawyer (b. 1839)
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