This Week in History: August 4-10

Monday, August 6, 1945
At 8:15am Japan time, the United States dropped an atomic weapon on Hiroshima. Three days later, Nagasaki was also bombed. Nearly 200,000 people were killed during the bombing. The attacks took out several arms production facilities and some military personnel.

Tuesday, August 6, 1974
The west wall of the old Masonic Temple in Napa was pulled down during the ongoing demolition of the historic building on Second Street across from the courthouse. Though workers were careful to not damage the adjoining Behlow building, the latter was also demolished in subsequent years.

Wednesday, August 7, 1929
An article in the Napa Journal announced that UC Davis’ College of Agriculture determined, after extensive research and testing, that feeding dairy cows raisins did not increase lactose, chloride, or salt content in milk.

Thursday, August 5, 1909
The Native Sons of the Golden West held a dance at Crane Park this evening. They hired an electric trolley to take revelers upvalley from downtown. Music was provided by the Napa Band.

Friday, August 8, 1980
Country western music “heroine of heartbreak,” Tammy Wynette performs at the Napa Town and Country Fair. She played two grandstand concert performances, and the shows were emceed by KVON Radio’s Larry Gaver. The stop was part of a bigger tour that sent her traveling across America in a custom-designed bus that cost $200,000.

Saturday, August 7, 1920
George M. Francis celebrates his 50th anniversary in Napa as the publisher of the Napa Register by publishing his biography in the evening edition. He acquired property interest in the newspaper August 8, 1870.

Sunday, August 8, 1915
The Weekly Photogram and St. Helena Sentinel noted in a brief article on the back page the Vehicle Act of 1915. The act established the Department of Motor Vehicles, which had previously been a part of the State Department of Engineering. The first head of the California DMV was A. French.


A version of this article also appeared in the Napa Register, August 4, 2013