U.S. Purchases Virgin Islands
August 4, 1916
The U.S. signs the treaty to purchase the Dansih Virgin Islands from Denmark for $25,000,000 in gold. The following year, it was ratified and the U.S. took possession.
The U.S. Virgin Islands are the only place in the U.S. where traffic drives on the left.
Born August 4, 1901 d. 1971
American Hall of Fame jazz musician. Known as “Satchmo,” he is considered the first and greatest solo jazz musician.
Armstrong wore the Star of David his entire adult life in honor of the Jewish family who took him in at the age of seven and lent him the money to buy his first cornet.
Elizabeth (Elizabeth Angela Marguerite Bowes-Lyon)
Born August 4, 1900 d. 2002
Queen of England (1936-52), The Queen Mother. Widow of King George VI, and mother of Queen Elizabeth II. In 1923 she married the Duke of York, the second son of King George V and Queen Mary. In 1936, when King George’s eldest son Edward VIII abdicated in order to marry the American divorcée Wallis Warfield Simpson, Elizabeth and her husband became king and queen.
During World War II, her indomitable spirit provided moral support to the British public prompting Adolf Hitler to call her as “the most dangerous woman in Europe.”
Born August 4, 1902 d. 1987
American actress, TV personality. The “Where’s the beef?” lady for the 1984 Wendy’s commercials. Wendy’s sales jumped 31% during the ad campaign. Peller was paid actor-scale wages of $317.40 per day for the first commercial. It is reported that she was paid about $500,000 for the series of commercials that followed.
Peller became an overnight sensation and went on to appear on TV talk shows, Saturday Night Live, and even served as a guest time-keeper for the Battle Royale at WrestleMania 2.
After she did a commercial for Prego spaghetti sauce in which she wondered, “Where’s the beef?” and exclaimed, “I found it! I really found it”, Wendy’s terminated her contract stating, she was only allowed to find the beef at Wendy’s.
First African-American Admitted to the Bar
Macon Bolling Allen (Allen Macon Bolling)
Born August 4, 1816 d. 1894
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“You cannot hide from danger. Death floats on the air, creeps through the window, comes with the handshake of a stranger. If we stop living because we fear death, then we have already died.” – Raistlin Majere in Margaret Weis’s “The Soulforge”
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— Meredith Marple
“Cultures exist so that people can know how to get food and put a roof over their head, how to cure the sick, how to cope with death, how to get along with the living. Cultures are not bumper stickers. They are living, changing ways of doing all the things that have to be done in life. Every culture discards over time the things which no longer do the job, or which don’t do the job as well as things borrowed from other cultures. Each individual does this, consciously or not, on a day to day basis. Languages take words from other languages, so that Spanish as spoken in Spain includes words taken from Arabic, and Spanish as spoken in Argentina includes Italian words taken from the large Italian immigrant population there. People eat Kentucky Fried Chicken in Singapore and stay at Hilton Hotels in Cairo. This is not what some of the advocates of diversity have in mind. They seem to want to preserve cultures in their purity, almost like butterflies in amber. Decisions about change, if any, seem to be regarded as collective decisions, political decisions. But that is not how any cultures have arrived where they are today. Individuals have decided for themselves how much of the old they wish to retain, how much of the new they found useful in their own lives, in this way, cultures have enriched each other in all the great civilizations of the world. In this way, great port cities and other crossroads of culture have become centers of progress all across the planet. No culture has grown great in isolation. But a number of cultures have made historic, and even astonishing advances when their isolation was ended, usually by events beyond their control.”
— Thomas Sowell, Cultural Diversity: A World View