In Part 1 of August 9 we review the explosive events of the day. In Part 2 we review the significant debuts of the day especially the Sistine Chapel and Henry David Thoreau’s Walden.
Opening of the Sistine Chapel
The Sistine Chapel is a chapel in the papal residence that takes its name from Pope Sixtus IV, who restored it between 1477 and 1480. Today it is the site of the Papal conclave, the process by which a new pope is selected. The fame of the Sistine Chapel lies mainly in the frescos that decorate the interior, and most particularly the Sistine Chapel ceiling and The Last Judgment by Michelangelo.
Publication of Walden
Transcendentalist Henry David Thoreau’s seminal work Walden was published.
From Wikipedia: Walden enjoyed some success upon its release, but still took five years to sell 2,000 copies, and then went out of print until Thoreau’s death in 1862. Despite its slow beginnings, later critics have praised it as an American classic that explores natural simplicity, harmony, and beauty.
Debut of Betty Boop
The animated character debuted in Dizzy Dishes.
Smokey the Bear Debuts
The United States Forest Service and the Wartime Advertising Council release posters featuring Smokey Bearfor the first time.
1927 – Actor Robert Shaw (d. 1978)
1928 – Celtic Legend Bob Cousy
1938 – Tennis Legend Rod Laver
1964 – Hockey Legend Brett Hull
1963 – Singer Whitney Houston (d. 2012)