Browsing: August 3

A Brief History On August 3, 2018, just as on every first Friday in August, we celebrate International Beer Day. In fact, here in History and Headlines Land, we celebrate International Beer Day everyday! For those readers that are underage, teetotalers, or lightweight non-hackers, forget this important holiday and go right to National Watermelon Day, which is celebrated on August 3 each year. For that matter, so is Grab Some Nuts Day, a holiday favored by squirrels everywhere. Today is also Airplane Crop Duster Day and Pie Day. We think Pie Day is the more important of those last 2…

A Brief History On August 3, 2017, we are happy to report on our screening (last night) of the new major motion picture, The Dark Tower, a film adaptation of the book series (8 novels from 1982 to 2012) by Horror Maven Stephen King. As fans of Stephen King’s books and movies, this film was a must see, and we recommend it for all Stephen King fans and even those unfamiliar with the Dark Tower series. Digging Deeper King is perhaps the best known horror writer in the world today, and the reason for that is because his stories are…

A Brief History On August 3, 1960, the Esch family welcomed baby Eric into the world, little realizing this tiny baby would grow up to be a 425 pound behemoth of boxer, kickboxer, Toughman, MMA fighter, and of course, reality television star. Digging Deeper Born in Georgia and brought up in Michigan, (Esch picked up the nickname “Butterbean” due his large size, overweight even as a child, when he was forced to go on a diet to get under the 400 pound weight limit for Toughman), Esch got strong from hard physical work in construction, Eric was dared to enter…

A Brief History On August 3, 1946, post-war Americans were ready for a good time and were able to find it at the country’s first “theme-park” type of amusement park at Santa Claus Land in southern Indiana. Digging Deeper Surprisingly, today, the park, which is now known as Holiday World, is not only dedicated to Christmas, as it was originally, but also to the Fourth of July, Thanksgiving and Halloween!  The name change occurred in 1984 to better reflect the park’s diversity.  Holiday World is constantly being upgraded and just keeps getting better and better.  If you like dogs, the Fourth of July section even has a…

A Brief History On August 3, 1936, James Cleveland “Jesse” Owens  won the 100-meter dash at the Berlin Olympics and blazed into the record books. Owens went on to everlasting fame by winning 4 Gold Medals in those summer games, proving to Hitler and Nazi Germany that Aryans were not the “master race.” Digging Deeper What about the guy that came in second in that historic race?  That man was Ralph Metcalfe.  Born in Atlanta in 1910 and raised in Chicago, Metcalfe, once co-holder of the world record for the 100-meter dash, was no slacker himself, winning silver medals in the 100 meter…

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