August 8

August 8 Information from the Holidays and Observances Website

 Holidays and Observances

2016 Daily Holidays that fall on August 8, include:

  • Assistance Dog Day - August 8, 2016 (Monday of International Assistance Dog Week)
  • Bonza Bottler Day 
  • Happiness Happens Day 
  • International Cat Day 
  • National Frozen Custard Day 
  • National Zucchini Day 
  • Sneak Some Zucchini Onto Your Neighbor's Porch Night 
  • Universal & International Infinity Day 

2016 Weekly Holidays that include August 8, are:

  • Elvis Week - August 8-12, 2016
  • Exercise With Your Child Week - August 7-13, 2016
  • International Assistance Dog Week - August 7-13, 2016 (Starts on First Sunday in August)
  • Knights of Columbus Family Week - August 7-13, 2016
  • National Farmers Market Week - August 7-13, 2016 (First Week of August)
  • National Fraud Awareness Week - August 7-13, 2016 (First Full Week in August)
  • National Health Center Week - August 7-13, 2016
  • National Scrabble Week - August 6-10, 2016
  • National Stop on Red Week - August 7-13, 2016

2016 Monthly Holidays that include August 8, are:

There are too many monthly holidays to include here, so please check out our August Holidays page to see all of the holidays that are celebrated the entire month of August.


  1. A page on each holiday will be coming soon and linked above.
  2. If a date is a movable holiday, that is different every year, I'll include the year as well as the date rule above. Otherwise, the holiday falls on the same date each year.

World Festivals and Events

  • XXXI Summer Olympic Games 2016 - August 5-August 21, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Sturgis Motorcycle Rally - August 8-14, 2016

Astrological Sign

The Astrological Sign for August 8 is Leo.

Birth Flower of the Month

The Birth Flower(s) for the Month of August are:

  • Gladiolus - Strength, moral integrity, remembrance, infatuation. It blooms in a variety of colors like red, pink, white, yellow and orange.  It stands for sincerity and symbolizes strength of character.


The Birthstone(s) for August is:

  • Peridot which is known for its shimmering yellow-green color and the peace and good luck it brings to its wearer.

Famous Birthdays

  • 1879 - Bob Smith, American physician and surgeon who co-founded Alcoholics Anonymous (d. 1950)
  • 1930 - Joan Mondale, Wife of US Vice-President Walter Mondale and 32nd Second Lady of the United States from 1977-1981 (d. 2014)
  • 1932 - Mel Tillis, American country singer, songwriter and guitarist
  • 1937 - Dustin Hoffman, American actor, singer, and producer (The Graduate, Tootsie, Rain Man)
  • 1938 - Connie Stevens, American singer and actress (Back to the Beach)
  • 1949 - Keith Carradine, American actor and singer (Young Guns)
  • 1976 - JC Chasez, American singer, songwriter, dancer and actor (*NSYNC)
  • 1976 - Drew Lachey, American singer and actor (98 Degrees)
  • 1981 - Roger Federer, Swiss tennis player
  • 1988 - Princess Beatrice of York

Famous Deaths

  • 1950 - Fergus McMaster, Australian businessman who founded Quantas (b. 1879)
  • 2005 - Barbara Bel Geddes, American actress (Dallas) and author (b. 1922)
  • 2010 - Patricia Neal, American actress (Breakfast at Tiffany's)
  • 2013 - Karen Black, American actress (Easy Rider), singer, and screenwriter (b. 1939)

Famous Weddings and Divorces

  • 1946 - Esta Krakower divorces mobster Bugsy Siegel after 17 years 
  • 1993 - California state senator Tom Hayden marries actress Barbara Williams

Quote of the Day

Bob Smith, was an American physician and surgeon who co-founded Alcoholics Anonymous. He was born on August 8, in 1879. Their 12 step program has helped many people over the years.

Recipe of the Day or a
Healthy Diet Habit Tip of the Day

August 8 is National Zucchini Day

Today, August 8th is National Zucchini Day AND Sneak Some Zucchini Onto Your Neighbor's Porch Night!

Above, is a 14" Zucchini that I got from my garden this year.  I had missed seeing it on one of my Zucchini plants, and it got much bigger than the rest of them! I gave half of it to my son and his wife, and I made some Zucchini chips on the grill with part of the half I kept.  They were great, but next time, I'll cut them a little thicker. I grated the rest of it, and froze it in 1 cup increments that can be taken out and added to soups, and spaghetti sauces etc as I need it.

It is super easy to grow your own food! I bought Organic Plants for $2.50 each at Whole Foods and they have already saved me so much money! Plus, there is nothing better than picking veggies and using them the same day for your meal!

Here are a few of Kerry's Recipes that use Zucchini: (links go to her Healthy Diet Habits Website:

This Day in History

  • 1885 - The funeral of Ulysses S. Grant is held in New York City and more than 1.5 million people attend
  • 1908 - Wilbur Wright makes his first public flight at a racecourse at Le Mans, Franc
  • 1929 - The German airship Graf Zeppelin begins a round-the-world flight
  • 1963 - Great Train Robbery in England as a gang of 15 train robbers steal $7.3 million in bank notes
  • 1974 - US President Richard Nixon announces that he will resign his office at noon the next day
  • 1990 - Iraq occupies Kuwait and the state is annexed to Iraq.
  • 2000 - Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley is raised to the surface after 136 years on the ocean floor
  • 2010 - A mudslide in Gansu, Cina kills more than 1,400 people

This Day in Music

  • 1923 - Benny Goodman lands his first professional job at age 14, playing for a cruise ship on Lake Michigan
  • 1964 - The House of the Rising Sun is released by The Animals
  • 1966 - Revolver is released by The Beatles
  • 1966 - The Beatles release Eleanor Rigby on a double A-side single with Yellow Submarine
  • 1969 - Photographer Iain Macmillan takes a photo at a zebra crossing in London that becomes the iconic cover of hte Beatles album Abbey Road
  • 1969 - The Beatles record The End and I Want You (She's So Heavy)
  • 1970 - Christine McVie plays her first show as an official member of Fleetwood Mac in New Orleans.
  • 1970 - Lookin' Out My Back Door by Creedence Clearwater Revival is released
  • 1970 - Blood, Sweat & Tears' Blood Sweat & Tears 3 album hits #1
  • 1974 - Eric Clapton's 461 Ocean Boulevard album is certified gold
  • 1974 - Feel Like Makin' Love by Roberta Flack is certified gold
  • 1975 - Hank Williams Jr. falls off the Ajax Peak in Montana and crashes into a boulder 500 feet down
  • 1987 - I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For by Us hits #1 in the US
  • 1998 - Viva Forever by The Spice Girls hits #1 in the UK
  • 1992 - This Used to be my Playground by Madonna hits #1 in the US

This Day in Sports

  • 1786 - Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in the Alps, and located on the French/Italian border is climbed by the first time by Jacques Balmat and Dr. Michel-Gabriel Paccard.
  • 1900 - The 1st Davis Cup tennis competition begins at Longwood Cricket Club in Mass., and is won by the US 2 days later.
  • 1984 - Carl Lewis wins his 3rd of 4 gold medals in the Summer Olympics in the 200m
  • 1987 - Lynne Cox becomes the 1st to swim from US to Russia across the Bering Strait
  • 1988 - Jose Canseco becomes the 11th player to get 30 HRs and 30 steals in a season
  • 1997 - The Mariners Randy Johnson strikes out 19 Chicago White Sox
  • 2008 - The Opening of the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing

Word of the Day from Wiktionary

Shuttlecock (badminton)

1. A lightweight object that is conical in shape with a cork or rubber-covered nose, used in badminton as a ball is used in other racquet games; a birdie.

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