Monthly Archives: August, 2012

August 31, 1895

German Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin patents the Navigable Balloon, which will become synonymous with his name.


August 30, 1963

The Hotline between the leaders of the U.S.A. and the Soviet Union goes into operation.



August 29, 1831

Michael Faraday discovers electromagnetic induction.

August 28, 1898

Caleb Bradham invents the carbonated soft drink that will later be called “Pepsi-Cola“.

August 27, 1859

Petroleum is discovered in Titusville, Pennsylvania leading to the world’s first commercially successful oil well.


August 26, 1920

The 19th amendment to United States Constitution takes effect, giving women the right to vote.

August 25, 1991

Linus Torvalds announces the first version of what will become Linux.

August 24, 1456

The printing of the Gutenberg Bible is completed, the first major book printed with movable type in the West and the first major book produced on a printing press anywhere in the world.

August 23, 1966

Lunar Orbiter 1 takes the first photograph of Earth from orbit around the Moon.

August 22, 1849

The first air raid in history. Austria launches pilotless balloons against the city of Venice. The balloons were armed with bombs controlled by timed fuses.  Some of the bombs exploded as planned but the wind changed direction and blew several balloons back over the Austrian lines.