by Eowyn Langholf

Dr. William M. Mayo

On August 21, 1883, a F-5 tornado struck Rochester, Minnesota, the town where Dr. William Mayo and his family resided.  One-third of the town was destroyed and there were at least 35 deaths and over 200 injuries.  Dr. Mayo and his family were fortunate to escape serious harm.  To aid in the relief efforts, a temporary hospital was started and Dr. Mayo, along with other local doctors, treated the injured who were brought there for help.  Mother Alfred Moes and the Sisters of Saint Francis were called in to acts as nurses even though their training was in teaching not in medical care.

Afterwards, Mother Moes asked Dr. Mayo about establishing a hospital in Rochester.  He and some of the other local doctors agreed to work there and on September 30, 1889, Saint Mary’s Hospital was opened by the Sisters.  This was the foundation for what would become the Mayo Clinic.

Dr. Mayo is our featured profile this week. Have you check your connection to him yet?

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by Steven Harris

Live from New York, and now broadcasting on all frequencies, the WikiTree Radio Theatre presents, Clark GableAgnes Moorehead and Claudette Colbert in “It’s Happening Today”! On this day, August 20, we celebrate National Radio Day!

At the age of 20 years old, Italian inventorGuglielmo Marconi, began experimenting on the application of Hertzian waves to the transmission and reception of messages over a distance-without wires. In the early summer of 1895 Marconi was first to transmit a signal that was received at a distance of about 2km, despite a hill in its path.

On Christmas Eve, 1906 Reginald Fessenden claims to have broadcasted the first radio program: some violin playing and passages read from the Bible; and by 1920, KDKA received the first US radio broadcasting license.

As of 2018, the number of commercial radio stations had reached 15,508 with an estimated revenue of US radio broadcasters reaching $20 billion USD. According to the Pew Research Center, “traditional AM/FM radio…continues to reach the overwhelming majority of the American public audio as a platform is stronger than ever as more and more ways to listen continue to emerge.”

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Today, August 19th, is National Aviation Day in the United States! The holiday was established in 1939 by Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who issued a presidential proclamation which designated the anniversary of Orville Wright‘s birthday to be National Aviation Day. Orville and his brother Wilbur were two American aviation pioneers who are generally credited with inventing, building, and flying the world’s first successful airplane.

Today, we celebrate the development and Heroes of aviation:

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by Steven Harris

Today, August 16th, is Hawaii Statehood Day, also known as Admission Day! Hawaii Statehood Day is celebrated annually on the third Friday in August to commemorate the anniversary of the state’s 1959 admission to the Union. Statehood bills for Hawaii were introduced to Congress as early as 1919 by Jonah Kuhio Kalaniana’ole, formerly the Prince of the Kingdom of Hawai’i, the non-voting delegate sent by the Territory of Hawaii. Additional bills were introduced in 1935, 1947 and 1950, and in 1959, Congress approved the statehood bill, the Hawaii Admission Act (formally An Act to Provide for the Admission of the State of Hawaii into the Union). Signed into law by President Dwight David Eisenhower, the act dissolved the Territory of Hawaii and established the State of Hawaii as the 50th state to be admitted into the Union.

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by Steven Harris

Today, August 15th, is National Liberation Day of Korea! A little after noon Japan Standard Time on August 15, 1945, a pre-recorded radio broadcast (known as the Jewel Voice Broadcast) was played in which Japanese Emperor Hirohito read out the Imperial Rescript on the Termination of the Greater East Asia War, announcing to the Japanese people that the Japanese Government had accepted the Potsdam Declaration demanding the unconditional surrender of the Japanese military at the end of World War II.

Known as Gwangbokjeol (광복절; literally, “the day the light returned”) in South Korea and Chogukhaebangŭi nal (조국해방의 날; literally, “Liberation of the Fatherland Day”) in North Korea, August 15th is celebrated annually in commemoration of when U.S. and Soviet forces ended the decades-long Japanese occupation of Korea. It is notable for being the only Korean public holiday celebrated by both North and South Korea. On August 15, 1948, three years after the Korean Peninsula was liberated by the Allies in 1945, the pro-U.S. 이승만] (Syngman Rhee) was elected first President of South Korea and pro-Soviet 김일성 (Il-sung Kim) was made first Leader of North Korea.

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More profiles for orphaned Korean Notables are available at this WikiTree+ Search.

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