Monday, March 23, 2009

AUGUST 16 1989

Today when I was working out in gym today n i remembered that i have lot of shopping to be done . Ive been lazy to shop for summer because of my exams n college work n thought about my last year shopping for my birthday it was with such a gusto and enthusiasm , now here i am so much into work .

Then i went back to the date i was born AUGUST 16 1989 how did august get its name august??? i asked myself,wen in Hindu calender its only 10 months (i am a Sanskrit student and i have qiute a bit knowledge about this calender)then somewhere back in my mind i remember the old novel of my dad's that i had read during my free time - JULIUS CEASER by Shakespeare.

it was a very interesting book n i believe it holds good even today,we can relate so many current political situation to to that of in the book. then i got the answer for added 2 months;)

When Julius died, they named a month in his honor: the one we now call July.

When Augustus became emperor, he thought himself to be as important as Julius, so he insisted on having his own month. Once the month of August was created, he saw it only had 30 days.

So he insisted that it too should have 31 days, like the month of Julius his grandfather.
So they made August 31 days, then changed the pattern of 30-31 until the end of the formal year (December).

January was left unchanged at 31, while poor February, the last month of the year, lost another one to become a 28-day month (except 29 on Leap years). from then on many changes have been made to the julian or gregorian calendar.

Then i wanted to know about the main events that happened in the year i was born the following were few important things that happened during 1989

The Cold War ends
Communism in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe begins to collapse.

The Keating Five S&L scandal

  • March 24: The Exxon Valdez oil spill - Tanker Exxon Valdez runs aground on a reef in the Gulf of Alaska, causing about 265,000 barrels of oil to spill into the waters. This is the largest oil spill in U.S. history.
  • April 15: 95 fans crushed in British soccer stadium - Minutes after the soccer game begins, thousands of late-arriving fans pour into an already-packed stadium, killing 95 people and injuring almost 2,000.
  • June 3: Tiananmen Square uprising Chinese troops and tanks crush pro-democracy demonstrations at Beijing's Tiananmen Square, with many civilian casualties.
  • June 21: Supreme Court rules in favor of flag burning - In the case of Texas v. Johnson, the Court rules 5-4 that burning the American flag as a form of protest is protected under the First Amendment
  • November 9: Fall of Berlin Wall - The East German government submitted to mass protests for more freedoms and opened its borders, allowing its people to visit the West. This marks the beginning of the end of Communism.
  • December 20: Panama invasion (-1990) - President Bush orders "Operation Just Cause", an invasion of Panama to bring its President, Manuel Noriega, to justice for drug trafficking.
calender aug 16 1989
calender aug 16 1989

source: 70's history;google images