On Aug. 8, 1993, record-setting floods in Des Moines, Iowa, finally ended, marking the first time since July 11 that the city’s tap water was safe to drink.
On the same date in 1999, an F-2 tornado cut a 300-yard path through Mattituck, Long Island. A stone fireplace’s chimney saved one resident from an approaching wall of water.
On Aug. 8, 2004, lightning struck two teenagers corralling cattle in Wauneta, Neb. They were knocked unconscious, but survived.
Aug. 8, 2001, found the artificial turf at a Philadelphia Phillies baseball game at 149 degrees, as 24 fans were treated for heat exhaustion.
Finally, on this date in 1985, baby boy Michael Shingleton was one day old, while outside, Tropical Storm Beryl was 50 miles west of New Orleans, with 40 mph winds.