August Factoids


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Benjamin Mays

On August 1, 1894 Benjamin Mays was born. He was a minister, educator, scholar and social activist. He was known as the "The Father of the Civil Rights Movement" (Road Trip)


 Friendship Day

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A group of nine African American young men who were sent to jail after staging a sit-in at a segregated McCrory's lunch counter in Rock Hill, South Carolina in 1961.

Documentary pays tribute to the “Friendship Nine,” a group of college students who were arrested for a lunch counter sit-in in Rock Hill, SC in 1961. Instead of paying bail (as was the norm with all previous sit-ins), they served 30 days of hard labor, making the city pay to house, feed & clothe them, thus turning the tables & drying up a dubious revenue stream. This movement caught on nationally, changing the entire sit-in strategy. The program was the centerpiece of 50th anniversary events, and still has legs today. It included extensive television, educational and community outreach initiatives.

National Coloring Book Day

Knowitall Coloring Pages


Christopher Columbus

On August 3, 1492, Christopher Columbus set sail with the three ships Nina, Pinta, and Santa Mariafrom Palos, Spain. Columbus sought a route to the far east, but instead landed in the Bahamas on October 12. (South Carolina Focus)


Louis Armstrong

On August 4, 1901 Louis Armstrong was born. Armstrong is recognized as one of the world's greatest jazz coronet and trumpet players. (Artopia)


First Atomic Bomb

On August 6, 1945, during World War II, the first atomic bomb (named "Little Boy") was dropped by the B-29 bomber "Enola Gay", on the city of Hiroshima, Japan. A few days later on August 9, a second atomic bomb (named "Fat Man") was dropped by B-29 bomber "Bockscar" over the city of Nagasaki. The dropping of the atomic bombs was the main cause for Japan's surrender, and the end of the second world war. (South Carolinians In WWII)


Purple Heart Day

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Book Lovers Day

August 9 is Book Lovers Day, an unofficial holiday that encourages people to pick up a book (or two) and spend the day reading. Be sure to visit our Libraries, Literature and Learning Collection for more information!


International Youth Day

International Youth Day seeks to raise awareness to the cultural and legal issues faced by youth throughout the world. The United Nations defines youth as people between the ages of 15 and 24 years. In 1995, the General Assembly of the United Nations (UN) adopted the World Programme of Action for Youth, focusing on 15 priority areas including education, employment, hunger and poverty,health, environment and drug abuse. Since its inception on August 12, 2000, International Youth Day has served to increase the quality and quantity of opportunities available to the youth.


VJ Day – Aug. 15, 1945

View the World War II Collection under Wars and Conflicts


Battle of Camden

On August 16, 1780 General Horatio Gates' army joined by militia men from North Carolina and Virginia, marched south toward the British outpost in Camden, South Carolina. This battle become known as the Battle of Camden. (Southern Campaign Of The American Revolution)


Fredrick Bailey Dent

On August 17, 1922 Fredrick Bailey Dent was born. He was inducted to South Carolina Business Hall of Fame in 1994. He was among the founders of Spartanburg Day School and is a life trustee emeritus. (Legacy Of Leadership Interview)


National Aviation Day

National Aviation Day commemorates the development of aviation all while seeking to promote and support the industry.  In 1939, President Franklin D. Roosevelt proclaimed that National Aviation Day would be observed annually on August 19, the birthday of Orville Wright.



World Humanitarian Day

World Humanitarian Day seeks to recognize the compassion and bravery of humanitarian workers. Designated by the United Nations in December of 2008 to honor the sacrifices of humanitarian workers, it is celebrated annually on August 19, a day that commemorates the 2003 bombing of the UN Headquarters in Iraq.

Caring People & Professions include:

Health Care

Other Caring Professions

Character Minutes
One-minute clips focus on positive character traits—a fine way to build up-and-coming humanitarians!

Also, see our Environmental Awareness Collection to find ways to show that you care about the Earth and its inhabitants! And while we’re on this topic, don’t miss our Animal Lovers Collection!



Martha Rivers Ingram

On August 20, 1935 Martha Rivers Ingram was born. She is the first living woman and first daughter of a laureate to be inducted into South Carolina Business Hall of Fame. (Legacy Of Leadership Profile)


International Day of Remembrance and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism


On August 21, 1937 Edwin Craig Wall Jr. was born. He was the respected as one of the most successful business leaders in South Carolina. (Legacy Of Leadership Profile)


International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and Its Abolition


Women’s Equality Day

View our Collection on the Women's Suffrage Movement!

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19th Amendment

On August 26 women celebrate the 19th amendment, which was passed in 1920. View our collections that celebrate the accomplishments of women leaders - past and present! View the blog!

National Dog Day

Tips for keeping safe with dogs, including getting to know a new dog, allowing the dog to smell your hand, and not petting a dog you don’t know.

Border Collies herd sheep on a farm.

Many view Border-Collie dogs as ideal family pets, but they are also reliable and very hard working sheep-herding dogs.

Boykin is a well-known area for dog lovers, since Boykin is the ancestral home of the Boykin Spaniel. The Boykin Spaniel is the South Carolina state dog. 

With the help of rescued dogs nobody else wanted, Healing Species’ trained instructors provide twelve classroom lessons in compassion/humane education and violence prevention to elementary, middle, and high school students in high poverty, high risk schools, and incarceration facilities, empowering children to speak up and change things for themselves and others. Since 2000, instructors and dogs have helped more than 100,000 students in over 150 schools and sites in South Carolina and in states where our Satellite Chapters operate. Parent classes are offered at each school or site.

Rusty, the Davis family dog, suffered a farming accident which took his two left legs. Miraculously, Rusty survived the accident, and was able to recover and continue riding in Bill Davis’ truck. Rusty’s dedication to his family is a testament to overcoming hardships.

A music video where Healthy Hannah shows walking the dog is a fun, convenient form of exercise.



March on Washington

On August 28, 1963, The March on Washington occurred. As many as 250,000 people attended this famous civil rights rally in Washington, D.C. It was here where Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., delivered his famous "I Have A Dream" speech. (Periscope)

View the section on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Periscope

National Bow Tie Day

16-Year-Old Entrepreneur | Carolina Money


International Day Against Nuclear Tests

This series will “pull back the curtain” on the Soviet Union nuclear disaster of April 26, 1986, with a special panel of experts to allow students to learn about the effects Chernobyl had on the nature, nuclear science, US-Soviet relations, and the people who worked there and called it home. Rare photos and video captured by SCETV in partnership with USC will take students to the area devastated by an accident of catastrophic proportions, but, over time nature has returned. Featured are footage and photos from when NatureScene visited the site of the reactor in 2003.


Charleston Earthquake

At 9:45 p.m on August 31, 1886, a major earthquake hit Charleston, South Carolina. 27 people were killed in the collapse of buildings and another 33 died later of injuries. View our collections on the natural disaster:



These factoids were compiled by Imani-Grace King, 2017 ETV Endowment Intern (Digital Media/Knowitall)


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