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This Day in Pop Culture for August 24

Gutenberg Bible

1456: The Gutenberg Bible is Finally Printed

While many believe that Johannes Gutenberg first work using moveable type was the Bible, it was probably the second or maybe even third. The Gutenberg press was in operation by 1450 and it is known that a German poem had been printed before the Bible. However, it is known that Gutenberg began the painstaking process of hand placing every letter for every page of the new Bible during that same year. It is believed that the 42-line Gutenberg Bible was completed on this day in 1456. About 180 copies of the book were printed, which seems rather small for a first edition. (Main image: Wikimedia)

1869: National Waffle Day

On this day in 1869, the U.S. patent for the waffle was issued and so because of this, August 24th has been deemed National Waffle Day. Nobody seems to know the origin of this unofficial holiday as when it first began or who felt the need to honor the holey pastry product. But now that you know, doesn’t a big ol’ fluffy one sound good right about now? (By the way, the first known waffle recipe was written in late of the 14th century in France.)


Movies Released

  • Mr. Bean’s Holiday (2017)
  • The Nanny Diaries (2007)

TV Series Debuts

  • The Facts of Life (1979)

Famous Birthdays

  • 1947: Anne Archer (actress)
  • 1957: Stephen Fry (actor)
  • 1958: Steve Guttenberg (actor)
  • 1960: Cal Ripkin Jr. (baseball player)

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Jeffrey Totey View All

I write about pop culture, arts and entertainment in the greater Seattle area.

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