On this day in 1883 the volcano island of Krakatoa explodes in one of the most cataclysmic events in recorded history. Located in the Sundra Straight between the islands of Java and Sumatra, Krakatoa has been known throughout history to be a very active volcano. In the year following the eruption was known for the dramatically cooler temperatures around the world and the fabulous sunsets. Both of these events are attributed to the ash that was sent into the atmosphere. The explosion is considered the loudest sound ever heard in modern history as reports of it were heard some 3,000 miles away.
On this day in 1862 the battle known as Second Bull Run, began. For the second time the Confederates captured the rail junction as Manassas. The Confederates had just staved off Union forces in the Peninsula campaign and were on the offensive again. The Union army now had to protect its capitol from invasion.
On this day in 1939 the first and second baseball games are televised. The Brooklyn Dodgers hosted the Cincinnati Reds for a double header from Ebbets Field. They split the series with the Reds winning the first 5-2, and the Dodgers winning the second 6-1. Thousands of men were nagged to do some work around the house by their wives. "Ah honey, the games on!"