NATIONAL MIDDLE CHILD DAY | AUGUST 12
Each year on August 12th, National Middle Child Day honors that in-between child in the family. Of course, larger families celebrate more than one middle child, too! Read more…
NATIONAL VINYL RECORD DAY | AUGUST 12
Get spinning on August 12th with National Vinyl Record Day! Whether it’s the Beatles, Elvis Presley, The Monkees, Johnny Cash, or the BeeGees, vinyl records have a sound all their own. Most will agree, vintage vinyl is as classic as the bands themselves. Read more…
NATIONAL JULIENNE FRIES DAY | AUGUST 12
Each year, on National Julienne Fries Day on August 12th, everyone fries up skinny sliced potatoes for a delicious and crunchy treat. Read more…
On Deck for August 13, 2022
- International Left Handers Day
- National Filet Mignon Day
- National Prosecco Day
- National Bowling Day – Second Saturday in August
- National Garage Sale Day – Second Saturday in August
Recipe of the Day
Delicious Filet Mignon
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 6 TO 12 minutes
Total Prep: 30 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
6 – 1/2 pound slices of Filet Mignon, cut around 1 1/2 inches thick.
Salt and pepper
1 clove fresh garlic – sliced
6 tablespoons – butter
1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
Rub both sides of each Filet with salt and pepper. Heat the oil, butter, and garlic in a saute pan. Once the butter has melted, add the beef. For rare Fillets, sear each side for around 3 minutes. Or, cook additional time for other preferred tastes. Serve on a warm platter with a garnish of choice.
August 12 Celebrated History
Isaac Singer’s first patent for a commercial sewing machine is granted. Patent No. 8,294 was for improvements to a machine previously patented by Singer.
Using carbolic acid, Joseph Lister performs the first antiseptic surgery on a compound fracture. The patient recovered with no infection.
Thomas Edison completes the first model for the phonograph. While working on the telegraph and telephone, inspiration struck The Wizard of Menlo Park. He speculated if messages could be transferred from paper tape, then voice might also be recorded and transferred. The resulting idea led to Edison developing the phonograph.
The first National Archery Tournament begins at White Stocking Park in Chicago, Illinois.
Bertha Benz makes the first long-distance road trip in her husband’s invention, a motorized carriage. She set out to prove the value of a car in an era ruled by horses. In 12 hours, she drove 106 kilometers (65 miles). A horse-drawn carriage traveling the same distance would take approximately 16 hours.
Ford completes the first Model-T. The car rolled off the assembly line in Detroit, Michigan, on September 27th. The company introduced the revolutionary vehicle to the masses on October 1st of that year.
The home of abolitionist, author, and former slave, Frederick Douglass, is dedicated in Washington, D.C. Restoration the national shrine, Cedar Hill, began in 1921. Then in 1962, the National Park Service took over the supervision of the historic site.
Clarence Birdseye obtains a patent for “Method of Preparing Food Product” that demonstrated how to freeze food and package it for distribution. His patent No. 1773079A led to the frozen food industry.
Ann Davidson completes her 15-month voyage on her sloop, the Felicity Ann. Her achievement makes her the first woman to sail solo across the Atlantic Ocean.
President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs an amendment to the Fair Labor Standards Act, raising the minimum wage from 75¢ to $1.00 per hour.
NASA launches Echo 1A, the first successful communications satellite.
The Space Shuttle Enterprise flies free of the 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft for the first time.
The personal computer (PC) comes to market for the first time when IBM releases its Model 5150.
Sue Hendrickson discovers Tyrannosaurus rex remains in South Dakota. One of the most complete skeletons in the world was named Sue in honor of Hendrickson.
Professional baseball players strike, bringing Major League Baseball’s season to an end. The World Series is canceled.
NASA launches the Parker Solar Probe beginning the first mission to the sun. With each perihelion (closest point in orbit to the sun), the probe will gradually edge closer to the sun. By 2025 it will be at its closest perihelion, 6.9 gigameters from the center of the sun.
August 12 Celebrated Birthdays
Christy Mathewson – 1880
As one of the first pitching greats in professional baseball, Mathewson played for several teams, including the New York Giants.
Cecil B. DeMille – 1881
The noted filmmaker produced and directed more than 70 films.
Erwin Schrödinger – 1887
As a theoretical physicist, Schrödinger made contributions to wave theory and quantum mechanics. The Nobel Laureate is noted for being one of the father’s of quantum mechanics and for his thought theory today known as Schrödinger’s Cat.
Tedd Pierce – 1906
Actor, animator, and screenwriter, Pierce is most known for his contributions to the film Gulliver’s Travels (1939) and his animation work.
Gladys Bentley – 1907
As a Blues singer, Bently played the piano and sung with a bold voice. She’s also noted for also breaking down barriers.
Jane Wyatt – 1910
Known for her roles on Father Knows Best and as Spock’s mother in Star Trek, Wyatt began her film career with One More River.
Margaret Burbidge – 1919
Burbage’s achievements include developing instruments for the Hubble Space Telescope and being the first woman appointed as director of the Royal Greenwich Observatory. She also supported opportunities for women in science, an area where she was often denied equality, and shared the spotlight with her husband.
Buck Owens – 1929
Born as Alvis Edgar Owens Jr., the performer achieved success as a musician and singer-songwriter. He played a prominent role in the popular comedy and music show Hee Haw. In 1996, he was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Charlie O’Donnell – 1932
The voice behind several game shows, O’Donnell is best known for announcing the Wheel of Fortune.
John Poindexter – 1936
Poindexter served in the United States Navy and was appointed to the role of Deputy National Security Advisor and National Security Advisor under the Reagan administration.
Mark Knopfler – 1949
As one of the founding members of the band Dire Straights, Knopfler played lead guitar. The composer also wrote several film scores, including The Princess Bride and Wag the Dog.
Ann M. Martin – 1955
Best known for her children’s series The Baby-Sitters Club, Martin began her career in elementary education.
Lynette Woodard – 1959
Woodard was the first female Harlem Globetrotter. She went on to head coach the Winthrop Eagles women’s basketball team.
Sir Mix-A-Lot – 1963
Anthony Ray is known for his hit rap song “Baby Got Back,” released in 1992. He began his career in the mid-1980s as Sir Mix-A-Lot.
Pete Sampras – 1971
Sampras launched his professional tennis career in 1988. He went on to hold the title of most Grand Slam singles wins (14) until it was broken in 2009.
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