for

AUGUST 17

 
 
 
Teaching - there can be no finer calling requiring the clearest demonstration of moral and ethical behavior.
Ira Shull, For the Love of Teaching
 
Why do you teach? Let Us Know. Tell Us about your most memorable teacher.
 
 

 








 







 
Children's Authors & Illustrators
1863 Gene Stratton-Porter (Indiana-born Children's Author, Photographer, Naturalist) Gene Stratton-Porter Young Adult Authors
Authors, Poets and Journalists
1951 Jonathan Franzen (Chicago-born Novelist) Jonathan Franzen
1953 Herta Mueller (Romanian-German Author; 2009 Nobel Laureate for Literature) Herta Mueller German Authors 2009 Nobel Laureate for Literature
Artists, Architects and Designers
Songwriters, Classical Composers, Conductors and Performing Artists
Explorers, Pioneers, Aviators and Astronauts
1786 Davy Crockett (Tennessee-born Frontiersman) Davy Crockett American Explorers and Pioneers The Alamo Texas State Historical Association
Scientists, Mathematicians and Inventors
Business Leaders
Military Leaders
1870 Richmond Pearson Hobson (Alabama-born Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient; Member of the U.S. Congress) Alabama Military Figures U.S. Congress American Military Figures War of 1812
Philsopher, Educators, Religious Leaders
Political and Social Leaders
1913 Mark Felt (Idaho-born "Deep Throat" Informant of the Watergate Scandal) Mark Felt Watergate Scandal The FBI
1925 Lloyd Augustus Barbee (Tennessee-born African-American Advocate for Educational Equality in Wisconsin) Tennessee Political and Social Leader Wisconsin Political and Social Leader Education Civil Rights African-American Political and Social Leader Wisconsin Historical Society
The Notorious
Performing Artists
1893 Mae West (New York City-born Actress) New York City Performing Artists Film Internet
1943 Robert De Niro (New York City-born 2-Time Academy Award-Winning Actor) New York City Performing Artists American Performing Artists Film 1975 Academy Award for Best Actor - Godfather Part II 1981 Academy Award for Best Actor - Raging Bull Internet
Sports Figures
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1786 Frederick the Great (King of Prussia) Frederick the Great
1973 Conrad Aiken (Georgia-born Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author, Poet) Georgia Authors Poetry 1930 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry Georgia Historical Society
1983 Ira Gershwin (New York City-born Composer) Ira Gershwin American Composers
1995 Howard Koch (New York City-born Academy Award-Winning Screenwriter for "Casablanca") Howard Koch American Authors Film 1942 Academy Award for Best Actor - Raging Bull Internet
Icon Icon
Historic B.C. Events that Occurred on this Date
Historic Events that Occurred on this Date between 0 & 999 A.D.
Historic Events of the 1300s that Occurred on this Date
Historic Events of the 1400s that Occurred on this Date
Historic Events of the 1500s that Occurred on this Date
Historic Events of the 1600s that Occurred on this Date
Historic Events of the 1700s that Occurred on this Date
1773 Spanish Open Dangerous Areas in New Mexico for Settlers to Create a Buffer from Hostile Indian Tribes Spain New Mexico Native American Heritage Westward Expansion Latin-American Heritage New Mexico Magazine
Historic Events of the 1800s that Occurred on this Date
1838 Nathaniel Hawthorne Visits Natural Bridge Just Outside of North Adams, Massachusetts Natural Bridge, Massachusetts Nathaniel Hawthorne Bridges Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities
1842 Julia Carlisle Is the First Child to be Born in Atlanta, Georgia Atlanta, Georgia Child Healthcare Family Historic Firsts Georgia Historical Society
1849 Arriving in Sacramento from San Francisco, the George Washington Initiates the First Steamboat Service in California California Steamboats Historic Firsts LearnCalifornia
1860 Atlanta, Georgia's City Council Passes an Ordinance Prohibiting Throwing Water, Dirt, and Trash From Windows and Doors Atlanta, Georgia Law Georgia Historical Society
1862 The Murder of a Minnesota Family by Dakota Indians Begins the U.S.-Dakota War That Will Take Hundreds of Lives Minnesota Dakota Indians War Minnesota Historical Society
1863 The U.S.S. DeSoto Captures the Confederate Steamer, Nita, Off the Florida Gulf Coast Florida Naval Military History American Civil War Florida Historical Society
1864 Union Forces Are Decisively Defeated by Confederate Troops at Gainesville, Florida Gainesville, Florida American Civil War Florida Historical Society
1868 In Washington, Members of the Coleman Party Are the First Climbers in Recorded History to Reach the Summit of Mount Baker Washington Mount Baker Climbing Historic Firsts History Link
1874 Samuel B. McLin Assumes the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction on a Temporary Basis Florida Department of Education Educators of Note Florida Historical Society
1876 In Germany, the First Complete Performance of Richard Wagner's "Ring" Cycle Ends at Bayreuth Bayreuth, Germany Richard Wagner Historical Firsts Bayreuth Festival American Public Media
1898 Embarkation of African-American Troops Begins from Tampa, Florida to New York Tampa, Florida New York City Racism African-American Military Figures Spanish-American War Florida Historical Society
1899 Texas Outlaw Black Jack Ketchum Is Wounded and Captured Attempting to Rob a Train in New Mexico Notorious Texans New Mexico Railroad Crime Notorious Americans Texas State Historical Association
Historic Events that occurred 1900-1949 on this date
1903 Georgia Law Creates the State Board of Health Georgia Government Health Care Law Georgia Department of Public Health Georgia Historical Society
Georgia Law Condemns the Practice of Whipping Women Inmates in State Prisons Georgia Government Women Prisons Law Georgia Historical Society
1905 At Laurel, Delaware, 45 Railroad Cars Are Loaded with 1,200 Watermelons Each; a Cargo Valued at $30,000 Laurel, Delaware Railroad Foods and Nutrition Consumer Economics State of Delaware
In Georgia, Crisp, Grady, Jenkins and Tift Counties Are Created Georgia Cities and Counties Georgia Historical Society
1907 Seattle, Washington's Pike Place Farmers Market Opens Pike Place Farmers Market Farming & Agriculture Foods & Nutrition Business Historic Firsts Washington
1908 Georgia Law Prohibits Corporations Doing Business in Georgia from Contributing to Any Political Campaign for Any Purpose Georgia Government Politics Economics Law Georgia Historical Society
1909 Alabama Is the First State to Ratify the 16th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, Giving Congress Power to Collect Income Taxes Alabama Military Figures 16th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution Historic Firsts Alabama State Archives
1920 Georgia's First Workmen's Compensation Act Is Signed into Law Georgia Government Labor Health Care Economics Law Historic Firsts Georgia Historical Society
1936 The State of Wisconsin Issues the First Unemployment Compensation Check in the United States Wisconsin Government Economics Great Depression Historic Firsts Wisconsin Historical Society
1946 In Minnesota, One Tornado Kills 11 People in Mankato and Second Tornado Injures 200 People in Wells Minnesota Tornado Death Minnesota Historical Society
Historic Events that occurred 1950-1999 on this date
1959 Miles Davis' Kind of Blue Is Released Miles Davis Jazz African-American Performing Artists SONY
1976 The National Mine Health and Safety Academy Is Dedicated in Beckley, West Virginia Beckley, West Virginia Health Care National Mine Health and Safety Academy West Virginia State Archive
1980 The Detroit Tigers Retire Al Kaline's Number 6 Jersey Detroit Sports Figures Maryland Sports Figures Baseball Hall of Fame Michigan Historiy Center
1997 At Winged Foot Golf Club at Mamaroneck, New York, Davis Love III Wins the 79th PGA Golf Tournament Mamaroneck, New York Georgia Sports Figures Golf PGA Winged Foot Golf Club Georgia Historical Society
Historic Events that occurred 2000-2009 on this date