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Tony Bennett
American Singer
Born August 13, 1926, Astoria, New York


Tony Bennett was born on a Friday, named to honor the German Virgin Goddess Freya and the planet Venus.

"Friday's child is loving and giving..."


Tony Bennett's August birthstone is the Peridot.

The Peridot is a green-gold gem believed to dispel melancholy and show paths to wisdom. It has been used to decorate altars, and in Egypt, as ear pendants.

Tony Bennett was born under the sign of the Lion, he can handle a position of authority. His personality is forceful and commands respect. Toney is noble, generous, enthusiastic and tempermental. Leos believe in sticking to their principles, and are not usually interested in compromise. His fondness of children is admirable. Famous Leos are Napoleon, Alfred Hitchcock and Andy Warhol.

Events of this Month Sports Highlights

In Greece, George Condylis organizes a military coup which ousts the Pangalos regime. In other news, riots break out in southeast Persia to protest the policies of Shah Reza Pahlevi. In Copenhagen, the International Congress of Astronomers convenes for the first time in 13 years. President Coolidge orders the Marines to attack Sandino rebels in Nicaragua.

It's down to the last game in baseball's World Series when St. Louis finally defeats the New York Yankees. Gene Tunney defeats long-time heavyweight champion Jack Dempsey in a 10-round bout to claim the title. It's a close one, but Alabama wins the Rose Bowl 20-19 over Washington. Kathleen Godfree captures the women's tennis title at Wimbledon and Jean Borotra takes the men's title.

Events for the Day Then Vs New cost of Living Comparisions

On August 13: Today in Tunisia, a holiday called Women's Day is celebrated. On this date in 1889, William Gray gets a patent for a coin telephone. The first trans- continental automobile group tour is concluded in Venice, Calif. in 1911. The first community hospital is dedicated in 1931 in Elk City, Okla. In 1935, the first roller derby opens in Chicago, Ill. In Massachusetts, the first no-fault automobile insurance law is enacted.

In 1926, a gallon of milk sold for $.56, a loaf of bread sold for $.09, a new car sold for 0.00, a gallon of gas sold for $.10, and a new house sold for ,748.00. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was about 157.20.

Now in 1999, the average price for a gallon of milk is .24 a loaf of bread is .72, a new car is ,695.00 a gallon of gas is .26, a new house is 0.00,00, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average is about 11,250.14

The average wage earner in 1926 made ,313.00 per year compared to ,951.28 today.

Science and Technology President and Vice-President

McGraw Electric company introduces electric toasters to the modern household. New York Postgraduate Medical School appoints the first plastic surgery professor.

When Tony Bennett was born, Calvin Coolidge was president and Charles Dawes was vice president.

The U.S. kept cool with Coolidge. He became president in his own right with the election of 1924. "Silent Cal" often became the butt of jokes, but his minimalist approach to government fit the public mood. He ushered in the heady years of Coolidge Prosperity, as the stock market soared. Frugality was his trademark. Prosperity continued.

Entertainment News Movies

John Barrymore stars in "Don Juan" this year, the first "talkie," movie with sound. On Broadway, Rodgers and Hart seem to be at the top this year with five shows running at the same time. We all sing in time to songs like "When the Red, Red Robin Comes Bob, Bob, Bobbin' Along" and "Crazy Words Vo-Do-De-O-Do."

The Academy Awards did not start until 1927. In 1926, however, in Film, John Barrymore stars in "Don Juan.". In Music, Ernst Krenek - "Orpheus and Eurydike", and in Art- Henry Moore - "Draped Reclining Figure."

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