Well its August 1st - So am back with the calendar shot for the month.
August 7 1944 : The world's first program-controlled calculator, popularly called the Harvard Mark I was inaugurated. The machine was built by Harvard researcher Howard Aiken, supported by IBM.
August 19 1888 : The first world beauty contest was held in Belgium, an 18-year-old West Indian woman won.
August 25 1814 :The British burnt Washington, D.C., however, the Patent Office was saved by the British Superintendent of Patents, Dr. William Thornton.
There are many more such informative details in the below mentioned link.
Information credits: http://inventors.about.com
Have a wonderful August.