The Week that Was. August 12 – 18

Last Week in History. In Case you Missed It.

August 12, 1865 Wash your Hands – With young mothers dying at alarming rates of “Childbed Fever”, one doctor drew the link, to personal hygiene.  The Medical establishment yawned.

August 13, 1941 Henry Ford’s Soybean Car – For Henry Ford, it was the perfect marriage of industry and agriculture.  A car, made from soybeans.

August 14, 1945 Victory Kiss – A photographer shows up at the right time, and the right place.  The image would be as iconic, as the Flag raising on Suribachi.

August 15, 1942 Baby Vet – In 1942, Calvin Leon Graham lied about his age, and enlisted in the United States Navy.  He was twelve years old.

August 16, 1927 The Dole Air Race – The tale of the pineapple magnate, and the fatal Race across the Pacific, at the Dawn of Aviation

August 17, 1942 Makin Island Raid – One Butaritari elder would never forget the barbarity of the Japanese occupier.  Nor the United States Marines who gave their lives, attempting to throw them out.

August 18, 1587 The Lost Colony of Roanoke – Before Plymouth Colony, before the Jamestown settlement, 115 children, women and men Vanished, without a trace.

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Author: Cape Cod Curmudgeon

I'm not a "Historian". I'm a husband, a father, a son and a grandfather. A history geek and sometimes curmudgeon, who still likes to learn new things. I began writing "Today in History" nearly six years ago, as sort of a self-guided history course.  I told myself I’d write 365, the leap year changed that to 366. As I write this, I believe there are over 600. I make every effort to get my facts straight, but I'm as good at being wrong as the next guy. I offer these "Today in History" stories in hopes that you'll enjoy reading them, as much as I’ve enjoyed writing them. Rick Long

4 thoughts on “The Week that Was. August 12 – 18”

  1. I’ve come across Graham’s story in a lot of my reading. Didn’t he get hurt pretty bad during a battle? Can’t remember… great post full of history trivia! And near the American monument to the Battle of the Bulge in Bastogne, there is a GIGANTIC STATUE of that iconic kiss.

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      1. My goodness poor kiddo!! I think I remember reading no one believed him that he was 12 either?? Or they tried to reprimand him or something? Gosh I wish the details weren’t so fuzzy in my head!

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