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MASONIC CALENDAR

August


AUGUST 1

In 1779 American attorney, social worker, poet and author of The National Anthem, Bro. Key was shipboard off Baltimore during the British bombardment of Fort McHenry on the night of September `13-14, 1814, Thrilled to see the American flag still flying over the fort at daybreak, Bro. Key wrote the poem, The Star Spangled Banner. Born at Frederick County, MD, he died at Baltimore, MD, on January 11, 1843.

In 1867 Blacks vote for the first time in Tennessee on this date. On this date in 2005, Prince Hall Masonry is still not recognized by that state's Grand Lodge

In 1923, in a hotel in San Francisco, Bro. Warren G. Harding, the 29th US President, died of a stroke at the age of 58. Bro. Harding had been on a transcontinental journey that some believed he had embarked on to escape rumors of corruption in his administration. After his death, investigations revealed the rumors were true, and the scandal became known as Teapot Dome. Bro. Harding was initiated in Marion Lodge No. 70, Marion, OH on June 28, 1901. He was passed 19 years later on August 13, 1920, and raised August 27, 1920. On May 4, 1921 he was made an Honorary Member of Albert Pike Lodge No 36, Washington, DC, and an Honorary Member of America Lodge No. 3368, London, England, in 1922. A member of Marion Lodge No. 63 (RAM), he was Knighted in Marion Commandery No. 36, Knights Templar, on March 1, 1921. He had been awarded a 33degree in the Scottish Rite but died before receiving it. When he joined Aladdin Shrine Temple of Columbus, OH, he would be the first US President to become a Shrine Mason. At his death his body was conducted from the White House to the Capitol by six Commanderies of Washington, DC (Knights Templar). The asphalt container in which his body was placed was the gift of Boumi Shine Temple of Baltimore MD.

In 1946, US President and Bro. Harry S Truman signed the Fulbright Program into law, establishing the scholarships named for Sen. William J. Fulbright of Arkansas. The Bill provides for academic grants to Americans for study and teaching abroad and to foreigners for study and teaching in the United States.

AUGUST 2

In 1861 The Grand Lodge of Colorado was formed on this day.

AUGUST 3

In 1949, Bro. William T. Kerr, an 80 year old Mason travelled from Washington to Yeadon, Pa. to watch Bro. Harry S. Truman sign the Flag Day Act into law. Freemasons had lobbied every president from McKinnley to Truman to create the special day.

AUGUST 4

In 1753 George Washington received his Master Mason Degree In Fredericksburg Lodge, Virginia.

AUGUST 5

In 1813 the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction of the Scottish Rite was founded.

In 1884, Freemasons laid the cornerstone for the Statue of Liberty.

AUGUST 6

In 1881 Brother Alexander Fleming, inventor of penicillin was born on this day. Fleming became a Mason when he was a medical student.

AUGUST 7

In 1742, William Preston was born d. April 1, 1818.  Author of the revised Masonic Ritual.

In 1877 The Grand Lodge of New Mexico was formed on this day.

AUGUST 8

In 1815 Napoleon sets sail for St. Helena where he was exiled. Many lists of Famous Masons include Napoleon as a member of the craft, although there seems to be no conclusive proof.

AUGUST 9

In 1863 The first lodge in Idaho was chartered on this day.

AUGUST 10

In 1782 a letter dated this day, acknowledges the receipt of a silk apron presented to George Washington. This apron now resides in Philadelphia, PA.

AUGUST 11

In 1904 Freemasons lay the cornerstone for the new City Hall in Savannah, Georgia. The cornerstone carries the dates 1904 and 5904 as well.

AUGUST 12

In 1762 George IV was born  and was the first Freemason to be crowned King.

AUGUST 13

In 1946 H. G. Wells died. Wells is best known for such novels as The War of the Worlds and The Invisible Man. Bro. Wells. Although listed as a Mason on many Famous Freemason lists, there is no evidence to support it. Wells parodied the craft in his book, The Inexperienced Ghost.

AUGUST 14

In 1826 William Morgan obtained his copyright for his "Illustrations of Masonry, By One of the Fraternity Who Has Devoted Thirty Years to the Subject". Although the publication led to his disappearance, it was hardly the first of its kind. Morgan's disappearance let to the anti-Masonic times, which nearly caused Freemasonry to become extinct.

AUGUST 15

In 1771 Sir Walter Scott was born. Bro. Scott, best known for his novel, Ivanhoe, was initiated, passed and raised in Lodge Saint David, no. 36 in Edinburgh on March 2nd, 1801.

AUGUST 16

In 1777, the Americans defeat the British at the Battle of Bennington, Vt. It was after this battle that W. Bro. Dafoe's (founder of masonicdictionary.com ) family moved to Canada as Empire Loyalists. 228 years later this web site unites Freemasons of both countries.

AUGUST 17

In 1967, Country legend, Brother Charlie Walker a 33rd Degree Mason was made a member of the Grand Ole Opry.

AUGUST 18

In 1979, 2 Georgia EA's were passed to the Fellowcraft degree in Union Lodge No. 38's annual Cave Degree. In attendance were 350 Masons from 14 states as well as Canada. On the same date in 1984, a MM Degree was performed at the same location. 260 Masons from 9 states attended. On the same date in 1990 a MM Degree was again conferred. In attendance were 268 Masons from 21 states as well as Mexico and Germany. On the same date in 2001 a MM Degree was again conferred with 192 masons attending from 13 states. The degree will next fall on this date in 2007.

AUGUST 19

In 1860 Brigham Young is believed to have said:

"G.A. Smith would like to go to England and obtain five Charters for Lodges, which would give us a Grand Lodge which would make us independent of all other Grand Lodges in the world. This is what Brother Scovil would like to do and this could be done..."

Young was opposed to the idea.

AUGUST 20

In 1888 Nelson Monroe Williams, who was Grand Master of Ohio in 1897 received the Royal and Select Master degrees in Hamilton Council No. 19, R. & S. M., Hamilton, Ohio.

AUGUST 21

In 1993 the "Friend to Friend Monument" was dedicated in the cemetery at Gettysburg, PA, by the Grand Lodge of Pa. This monument commemorates friendship between masons on opposite sides of the American Civil War.

AUGUST 22

In 1790, Washington wrote a letter to King David Lodge No. 1 in Newport, Rhode Island. In part the letter read:

"... Being persuaded that a just application of the principles, on which the Masonic Fraternity is founded, must be promotive of private virtue and public prosperity, I shall always be happy to advance the interests of the Society, and to be considered by them as a deserving brother...."

These words are inscribed on a monument to Freemasonry and Washington in front of the state Capital in Indianapolis, Indiana.

AUGUST 23

In 1876 Bro. William Melville Martin Premiere of Saskatchewan was born. He was initiated in Harriston Lodge No. 262, Harriston, Ontario in 1900 and served as Grand Master in 1927.

AUGUST 24

In 1814 the British sack Washington, DC and burn the White House. The cornerstone for the White House was laid by Washington on October 13th, 1792 (485 years to the day of the arrest of the Templars in France.). The trowel is in the replica room at the George Washington Masonic Memorial in Alexandria, VA.

AUGUST 25

In 1919 Bro. George Wallace was born. Wallace was at one time Grand Orator of the Grand Lodge of Alabama.

AUGUST 26

In 1902 M. W. Bro. William Alvin Belt, Grand Master of Ohio, received his Master Mason's Degree In 1885.

AUGUST 27

In 1920 President Warren Harding was made a mason in Marion Lodge No. 70, Marion, Ohio.

AUGUST 28

In 1769 the Masonic Order of Knights Templar was conferred for the first time on American soil in St. Andrew's Chapter, Boston, Massachusetts.

In 1749 and 1962 Brother Wolfgang Von Goethe and Bro. Stephen A. Dafoe were both born respectively.

AUGUST 29

In 1941 William C. Woodward, Charter member of the Board of the Bank of Canada died. Bro. Woodward was raised in Acacia Lodge No. 22, Vancouver, BC on Nov. 17, 1921.

AUGUST 30

In 1865 General Albert Pike is granted amnesty by President Andrew Johnston. He had been previously in Canada as he had not been granted amnesty by Lincoln's amnesty proclamation.

AUGUST 31

In 1894 Freemasons lay the cornerstone of the Hardin County Armory building in Kanton, Ohio.

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