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In August 2012, Lily Allen was accused of racism after writing "I hate it when black cab drivers spend the entire journey on the phone. I WANTED A CHAT!" Allen responded that in Britain and Europe taxicabs are called "black cabs" because they are painted black.

All telephone service in the US and Canada was silenced for one minute on August 4th, 1922 to mark the funeral of Alexander Graham Bell

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  1. The Hiroshima Flame of Peace was lit on 1st August 1964 in hope of a world without nuclear weapons, and it will continue to burn until nuclear weapons are abolished worldwide

  2. On August 9, 1965 Singapore was expelled from Malaysia and becomes the only country to date to gain independence unwillingly

  3. Cost for solar has decreased from $101.05 per watt in 1975 to $0.447 per watt in August of 2016. The cheapest bid for unsubsidized solar is 2.42¢/kWh—cheaper per kWh than natural gas, coal, or nuclear power can provide practically anywhere in the world.

  4. On August 4, 1922, phone service across the United States and Canada was suspended for one minute to honor Alexander Graham Bell's funeral with a moment of silence.

  5. Martin Luther King Jr. said he experienced far more hatred in Chicago than he ever did in Alabama or Mississippi. King took part of the Chicago Housing Movement in August 1966 with thousands of local whites jeering, throwing bricks, and displaying Confederate and Nazi signs all over the city.

  6. Many countries have their own version of “when pigs fly.” In South Africa it’s “When horses grow horns.” In Russia: “When the crawfish whistles on the mountain.” In Albania: “On August 36.” In Greece: “Right on the Day of St. Dick’s”

  7. Princess Pauline von Metternich and Countess Anastasia Kielmannsegg fought a topless duel with swords in August 1892 after arguing about flower arrangements. Baroness Lubinska, who had a medical degree, insisted they fight topless so clothing couldn’t get into a wound and cause sepsis.

  8. The longest lived domestic cat was named Creme Puff. She lived from August 3, 1967 to August 6, 2005, a span of 38 years and 3 days. This is well over double the normal life span for domestic cats, which is typically around 12-14 years for males and 13-15 years for females.

  9. Judy Melinek, a medical examiner who identified hundreds of bodies from the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks, many of which were merely scraps of flesh or pieces of limb. She was called in mid-August 2002 because they had found a foot bone on top of another skyscraper 1/5 mile away.

  10. Michele Miscavige, wife of the leader of the Church of Scientology, hasn't been seen in public since August 2007.

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On August 14 1945, more than 1,000 Japanese officers raided the Imperial palace to destroy the recording of the Emperor's speech of surrender. Confused by the layout of the palace, the rebels never found the recording. It was later smuggled outside in basket of women's underwear for broadcast.

On August 31, 1986, five-year-old Levan Merritt fell into the gorilla enclosure and lost consciousness. Jambo stood guard over the boy when he was unconscious, placing himself between the boy and other gorillas in what ethologists analyze as a protective gesture. - source

On 23 August 1989, around 2 million people joined hands in a human chain that stretched 600 kilometres across the 3 Baltic countries, Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia. They did this to protest their countries forced inclusion in the Soviet Union. - source

When The Beatles first met Elvis Presley for the first (and only) time in August 1965, they were so starstruck that Elvis said that he would go to bed unless one of the band members spoke to him. The Beatles ended up spending between 2 and 3 hours with him.

On August 1, 1946, in Athens, Tennessee, battle-hardened WWII veterans won a shootout with highly corrupt police deputies who were manipulating ballots and illegally holding ex-GIs in the county jail. - source

In August 2013, Google went down for 5 minutes and, as a result, took 40% of all internet traffic with it

On August 16, 2013, Google went down for 5 minutes and in that time, the global internet traffic dropped by 40%.

Ronald Reagan fired 11,345 air traffic controllers in August of 1981 for failing to carry out their oath to never strike as employees of the US federal government.

On August 26, 1990, Stevie Ray Vaughn described a disturbing dream to his band mates in which he witnessed his own funeral. The next day, he tragically died in a helicopter crash.

On August 25, 1967, George Lincoln Rockwell, founder of the American Nazi Party, was shot and killed in Arlington, VA. Hearing of his son's death, Rockwell's father said: "I am not surprised at all. I've expected it for quite some time."

On August 16, 1996, at Brookfield Zoo, a 3 year-old boy fell into a Gorilla enclosure and lost consciousness. Binti Jua, a female Gorilla, guarded the young boy from the other gorillas, cradled him in her arms and carried him 60 feet to an entrance where zookeepers could retrieve him.

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MTV officially started broadcasting 38 years ago on August 1, 1981 and the first music video played was "Video Killed the Radio Star"

Until 2015 a French law prohibited bakers in Paris from taking vacations at the same time, to avoid a bread shortage like the one that helped cause the French Revolution. Bakers met to decide who would be open in July and who would be open in August.

On 18 August 1913, in Monte Carlo Casino, 26 roulette spins in a row landed on black. The odds of such an occurrence are 1 in 66.6 million. Many gamblers lost millions of francs as they continually (and incorrectly) reasoned that red was due to come up next.

The longest anyone's been in a coma is 37 years and 111 days. A six year old girl was in hospital for a routine appendectomy, she went under general anaesthetic and never woke up. She was in a coma from August 6th 1941 to 1978.

On August 16, 1996, at Brookfield Zoo, a 3 year-old boy fell into a Gorilla enclosure and lost consciousness. Binti Jua, a female Gorilla, guarded the young boy from the other gorillas, cradled him in her arms and carried him 60 feet to an entrance where zookeepers could retrieve him.

In August 1981, 11,000 out of the nation's 16,000 air traffic controllers were fired by President Reagan after going on strike. Their union, PATCO, was dissolved and three of its leaders were sent to prison.

On August 19, 1980, a Saudi Arabian Airlines Flight carrying 301 people caught fire shortly after takeoff. The plane landed safely but when the ground crew opened the doors, everyone was already dead.

On August 24, 1919: Ray Caldwell who was pitching for the Cleveland Indians was struck by lightning after playing for 8 2/3 innings, got up from the ground, checked himself, finished pitching to get the last out and they won 2-1 over the Athletics

Italian artist Piero Manzoni filled 90 tin cans with feces, called it 'Artist's shit' and sold them for up to €124,000 a tin. In August 2016, at an art auction in Milan, one of the tins sold for a new world record of €275,000, including auction fees.

There exists a weatherphenomenon called a "rainbomb" and it has killed 137 people on DeltaFlight 191 on August 2, 1985. The scientific name is "wet microburst" and now there are photos.

The man that was not saluting to Hitler in the famous photograph was August Landmesser. After imprisonment, a failed attempt of fleeing to Denmark with his family, his Jewish wife dying in the Holocaust, he was drafted into a penal battalion where he was killed in action.

August Willich, a communist Union Army general who once challenged Karl Marx to a duel because he thought Marx was too conservative

The current Guinness world record for the loudest burp is 109.9 dB, set by Paul Hunn in August 2009. This is louder than a jackhammer at a distance of 1 m.

*Kursk*, a Russian submarine that sank in August of 2000 due to an accident involving poorly maintained torpedoes. None of the crew survived due to old, poorly maintained Russian rescue equipment and the Russian Navy's refusal to accept Western aid.

The Sonderkommando photographs - four blurred photographs taken secretly in August 1944 by an inmate in Auschwitz II-Birkenau, and along with a few photographs in the Auschwitz Album are the only ones known to exist of events around the gas chambers.

In 1720, stock speculation caused the value of shares for the South Sea Company to jump from£128 in January to £1000 in August. When the bubble burst, it financially ruined their investors. One investor, Sir Isaac Newton lost £20,000, equivalent to about £268 million in present day value.

Emma Watson is set to appear topless in her next movie, 'Regression', which releases on August 15, 2015.

On August 13, 1966, in response to John Lennon's "More popular than Jesus" comment, a radio station in Texas held a burning of Beatles merchandise. The next day, the broadcast tower was struck by lightning, damaging much of their equipment and sending the news director to the hospital.

The eruption of mount vesuvius, which decimated pompeii, occoured on 24 August AD 79, just one day after Vulcanalia, the festival of the Roman god of fire, including that from volcanoes.

The 1979 song "Video Killed the Radio Star" by the Buggles had a music video created for it and was the first music video to air on MTV in the United States at 12:01 A.M. on August 1st, 1981.

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