Hello, and welcome to your weekend. As we go forward and flip the calendar page into a new month, we go back to see what this day has written in the past pages of history, a fun little trip down memory lane as you scroll and sip your coffee.

Today is Saturday, August 1st, the 214th day of the year.  There are 153 days until the end of the year….

On this day:

In 1893, Henry Perky and William Ford received a patent for shredded wheat.

In 1936, the Olympic games opened in Berlin.  Adolf Hitler presided over the opening ceremony. 

In 1941, “Parade” magazine did a three-page feature on the United States Army’s newest gadget, the Jeep.

In 1944, 13-year-old Anne Frank made the last entry in her famous diary.  The young Jewish girl and her family were captured by Nazi troops three days later.  They had been in hiding for two years.

In 1978, Cincinnati Reds third baseman Pete Rose saw his 44-game hitting streak come to an end against the Atlanta Braves.  It was the second-longest hitting streak in baseball history.

In 1981, the rock video cable channel MTV debuted.  The first video shown was “Video Killed the Radio Star” by The Buggles.

In 2001, NFL offensive lineman Korey Stringer died one day after collapsing of heat stroke during the Minnesota Vikings training camp.  He was 27 years old.  

In 2007, the I-35W bridge in Minneapolis, Minnesota collapsed and fell into the Mississippi River during rush hour.  Dozens of vehicles went into the water or were crushed by the falling spans onto the roadways below.  At least eight people were killed in the catastrophe. 

In 2009, American swimmer Michael Phelps captured the 100-meter butterfly at the World Swimming Championships in Rome in record time.  Phelps touched the wall in 49-point-82 seconds for the gold to edge Serbian swimmer Milorad Cavic, who touched at 49-point-95.

In 2012, Chick-fil-A broke its one-day sales record as thousands flocked to the fast-food restaurant on what was dubbed Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day.  The idea for the day came from former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee in response to criticism of company president Dan Cathy’s publicly stated opposition to same-sex marriage. 

As we get into the first day of a new month in our current life, here’s hoping that August 1st, 2020 is one you will remember well. Enjoy the weekend!

-The 715 Newsroom

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