Byline: Number 17, NYC and Raina Kelley
Thank God for JetBlue's Steven Slater for injecting a little joy in an otherwise sleepy month. But it's a complete fallacy that nothing ever happens in August. Just because half of America and most of Europe is on vacation doesn't mean that the news just stops. We found it to be chock-full of headlines.
1981 MTV airs first music video, "Video Killed the Radio Star," by the Buggles.
1776 The Declaration of Independence is officially signed, starting with John Hancock.
1492 Christopher Columbus sets sail from Spain in search of a westward route to India and China.
1892 Lizzie Borden's father and stepmother are murdered with an ax in Fall River, Mass.
1962 Marilyn Monroe is found dead in her home in L.A.'s Brentwood at the age of 36.
1945 A United States B-29 bomber, the Enola Gay, drops an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan.
1990 The first United States troops arrive in Saudi Arabia for Operation Desert Shield.
1974 President Richard M. Nixon announces his resignation, effective the next day.
1988 The Edmonton Oilers trade Wayne Gretzky to the Los Angeles Kings.
1969 The Manson "family" kills Leno and Rosemary LaBianca a day after murdering pregnant Sharon Tate, three others.
1965 Racial riots engulf the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles for five days, killing 34 people.
1981 IBM releases the PC, the first use of the term. It runs the first Microsoft operating system.
1918 Opha Mae Johnson is the first woman to enlist in the United States Marine Corps.
1945 President Harry Truman announces Japan's unconditional surrender, ending World War II.