18th August

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Filth, Summer 2006: Jamie Reid

Moon Phases, August 2015:
Last Quarter – August 7, 03:02
New Moon – August 14, 15:53
First Quarter – August 22, 20:31
Full Moon – August 29, 19:35




Mellors, Liverpool, Summer 2011: Anon

Saint's Day:
Agapitus of Palestrina
Alberto Hurtado
Helena of Constantinople

Birthday of Virginia Dare (Roanoke Island)
Long Tan Day, also called Vietnam Veterans' Day (Australia)
National Science Day (Thailand)

Biodynamic Gardening Guide:

Moon in Virgo: This is a Earth sign. It is a good time to sow Root plants like Jerusalem Artichokes, Radish, Spring Onions, Turnips, but it would not be a good time to sow Flower plants *

Also on this day:

1634 – Urbain Grandier, accused and convicted of sorcery, is burned alive in Loudun, France (see Ken Russell's The Devils and Aldous Huxley's Devils of Loudun).

1783 – A huge fireball meteor is seen across the United Kingdom as it passes over the east coast. There were many witnesses. Perhaps the most prominent was Tiberius Cavallo, an Italian natural philosopher who had happened to be amongst a group of people on the terrace at Windsor Castle at the time the meteor appeared. Cavallo published his account of the phenomenon in v. 74 of the Philosophical Transactions :
"Some flashes of lambent light, much like the aurora borealis, were first observed on the northern part of the heavens, which were soon perceived to proceed from a roundish luminous body, whose apparent diameter equaled half that of the moon, and almost stationary in the same point of the heavens [...] This ball at first appeared of a faint bluish light, perhaps from appearing just kindled, or from its appearing through the haziness; but it gradually increased its light, and soon began to move, at first ascending above the horizon in an oblique direction towards the east. Its course in this direction was very short, perhaps of five or six degrees; after which it directed its course towards the east [...] Its light was prodigious. Every object appeared very distinct; the whole face of the country, in that beautiful prospect before the terrace, being instantly illuminated."
Cavallo noted both that the meteor, which was visible for around thirty seconds in total, appeared to split into several smaller bodies immediately following the main mass and that a rumbling noise, "as it were of thunder at a great distance", was heard around ten minutes after the meteor appeared, which he speculated "was the report of the meteor's explosion". Other accounts, such as those of Alexander Aubert and Richard Lovell Edgeworth, noted red and blue colour tints in the fireball.

1823 - Slave uprising on estate of John (father of William Gladstone) Gladstone in Demerara, now part of Guyana. Major repercussions in UK in support of Abolitionist movement.

1877 – Asaph Hall discovers Martian moon Phobos.

1920 – The Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution is ratified, guaranteeing women's suffrage.

1963 – American civil rights movement: James Meredith becomes the first black person to graduate from the University of Mississippi.

1977 – Steve Biko is arrested at a police roadblock under the Terrorism Act No 83 of 1967 in King William's Town, South Africa. He would later die of the injuries sustained during this arrest bringing attention to South Africa's apartheid policies.

* more information can be found on the Gardeners Calendar website here.