• Sunday, 8/27: Battle of Long Island ends, 1776; petroleum discovered in Titusville, 1859; first commercial nuke plant enters revenue power service, 1956
  • Monday, 8/28: St. Augustine founded, 1565; B&O’s “Tom Thumb” outruns horse-drawn car, 1830; 2nd Bull Run begins, 1862; “I Have A Dream” speech, 1963
  • Tuesday, 8/29: Shays’ Rebellion begins, 1786; Goodyear founded, 1898; Air Force Academy opens, 1958
  • Wednesday, 8/30: Fort Mims Massacre, 1813; Battle of Richmond ends, 1862; Mac lands in Japan, 1945; Thurgood Marshall sworn in, 1967
  • Thursday, 8/31: Sherman’s final assault on Atlanta, 1864; first radio newscast, 1920; first Neutrality Act passed, 1935
  • Friday, 9/1: San Luis Obispo mission founded, 1772; Hood evacuates Atlanta, 1864; last passenger pigeon dies, 1914; SR-71 Blackbird speed-record run, 1974
  • Saturday, 9/2: Treasury Dept. founded, 1789; “Speak softly and carry a big stick” coined, 1901; Japanese surrender signed, 1945

Today’s Birthdays: Author Mary Shelley, 1797; politician Huey “Kingfish” Long, 1893; financier Warren Buffett, 1930; actress Cameron Diaz, 1972.

Holidays Around the World: Turkey has Victory Day, Kazakhstan and Turks & Caicos Islands both celebrate Constitution Day, and Peru observes St. Rose of Lima’s Day.

This Week In History is compiled with assistance from History.com and Wikipedia. Something interesting not listed here? Please share in the Comments section–this is an Audience Participation Encouraged featurette.

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Personally, I’m interested in keeping other people from building Utopia, because the more you believe you can create heaven on earth the more likely you are to set up guillotines in the public square to hasten the process.–James Lileks

As always, the Watercooler is an Open Thread. The floor is yielded to the readers for your contributions, as for mine to invoke four famous words from this week in history, “These proceedings are closed.”

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