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Targeting Long-Term Memory


Nancy Linde, Creator of Never2Old4Games.com, has discovered that there are 6 key cognitive functions to target when keeping your brain in tip top and youthful shape. They are long-term memory, working memory, executive functioning (solving problems), attention to detail, multi-tasking, and processing speed. But for this post we are going to target executive functioning and long-term memory with this fun trivia exercise.


See if you can answer these ten famous moments in August history without having to look for, or Google, the answer:

  • August 1, 1779 - Who was the famous author who wrote the "Star-Spangled Banner" that was born on this day?


  • August 1, 1819 - What famous 1800's novel was written by Herman Melville who was born on this day?



  • August 4, 1901 - This famous Jazz trumpet player was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. He was known as "Satchmo," appeared in many films and is best known for his renditions of It's a Wonderful World and Hello, Dolly.


  • August 5, 1962 - This famous film star died at age 36 from an overdose of sleeping pills. She made 29 films during her career and came to symbolize Hollywood glamour.


  • August 11, 1841 - This famous escaped slave spoke before an audience in the North for the first time. During an anti-slavery convention on Nantucket Island, He gave a powerful, emotional account of his life as a slave. He was immediately asked to become a full-time lecturer for the Massachusetts Antislavery Society.


  • August 13, 1961 - This famous wall came into existence after the East German government closed the border between east and west sectors of Berlin with barbed wire to discourage emigration to the West.


  • August 14, 1935 - President Roosevelt signed this Act establishing the system which guarantees pensions to those who retire at age 65.


  • August 15, 1969 - This famous music festival began in a field near Yasgur's Farm at Bethel, New York. The three-day concert featured 24 rock bands and drew a crowd of more than 300,000 young people. The event came to symbolize the counter-culture movement of the 1960's.


  • August 18, 1920 - This awesome Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, granting women the right to vote.


How did you do? Ready for the answers? You can find them on: https://www.historyplace.com/specials/calendar/august.htm



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