- 3114 BC The Mesoamerican Long Count calendar, used by several pre-Columbian Mesoamerican civilizations, notably the Mayans, begins.
- 1929 Babe Ruth becomes 1st to hit 500 homers (off Willis Hudlin of Cleve)
- 1945 Allies refuse Japan's surrender offer to retain Emperor Hirohito
- 1954 Formal peace takes place, ending 7+ yrs of fighting in Indochina between French & Communist Vietminh
- 2003 NATO takes over command of the peacekeeping force in Afghanistan, marking its first major operation outside Europe in its 54-year-history.
During radio voice test US President Reagan jokes he "signed legislation that would outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in 5 minutes"
On August 11th, 1984