As we enter the August holiday season, here's a quick break from electrical matters and some events from the past: 20 years ago this month: August 1984
The Cosby Show debuts on NBC.
Space Shuttle Discovery
makes its maiden flight.
The Apple Macintosh goes on sale.30 years ago this month: August 1974
Richard Nixon releases tapes and transcripts which reveal his approval of the Watergate cover-up, and becomes the first U.S. President in history to resign.
#1 records of the month include Paper Lace "Billy Don't Be A Hero," The Osmonds "Love Me For A Reason," and George McCrae "Rock Your Baby."
The average 3-bedroom house in Australia costs $31,000 (Australian dollars).40 years ago this month: August 1964
Singer Johnny Burnette drowns in a boating accident in California.
Three young civil rights workers, missing since June 21, are discovered murdered and buried on a farm outside Philadelphia, Mississippi.
The month starts with the Beatles at the top of both the U.S. and U.K. hit parades with "A Hard Day's Night." Other British #1 hits of the month are Manfred Mann with "Do Wah Diddy Diddy" and The Honeycombs with "Have I The Right?"
British police are flown into the south coast resort of Hastings to handle battles between rival gangs of "Mods" and "Rockers," in a repeat of the clashes which hit many seaside resorts during the Whitsun weekend.
Peter Anthony Allen and Gwynne Owen Evans are hanged for the murder of John West at his home in April, becoming the last two men to be executed in Britain.50 years ago this month: August 1954
The Crew-Cuts "Sh-Boom" breaks all records by shooting into the billboard Top Ten in the U.S. after just 3 weeks on release, reaching the #1 spot during the month. In Britain the #1 spot is dominated by David Whitfield's "Cara Mia" for the entire month.
In New Zealand, the trial opens of Pauline Yvonne Parker, 16, and Juliet Marion Hulme, 15, in a case which shocked the country. The girls had murdered Honora Mary Parker -- Pauline's mother -- at Christchurch in June.
The Independent Television Authority is established in the U.K., to provide commercial TV and break the BBC monopoly. Broadcasts were to commence in September of the following year.
So, what were you
doing in each of these months?