There's a reason you never catch Bill Gates sporting a George Hamilton tan. Historically, great entrepreneurs have made big moves in August. Reflect on their ambition throughout the month.
The taxman doesn't take summer vacation, apparently. If you have an employee benefit plan, file Form 5500 or 5500EZ for 2004, or Form 5558 to request an extension. Other forms due today: federal unemployment tax owed through June, if it exceeds $500; Form 720 (quarterly federal excise tax return) and Form 941 (employer's quarterly federal tax return) for 2Q '05; Form 730 for the tax on wagers accepted during June; and Form 2290 (heavy highway vehicle use tax return) for vehicles first used in June.
Ten years ago, Netscape went public at $28 a share; later that day, it was trading at $70 a share. That same month, to the tune of "Start Me Up, Microsoft released Windows 95, which sold nearly seven million copies in two months.
Tiger, Vijay, and the gang tee off at the 87th PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club in New Jersey. Care to join a tourney yourself? Go to amateurgolf.com for dates.
Mark the 60th anniversary of V-J Day with classic book-into-movie tales of the Pacific war: The Bridge on the River Kwai (book by Pierre Boulle, movie by David Lean); Empire of the Sun (J.G. Ballard/Steven Spielberg); From Here to Eternity (James Jones/Fred Zinnemann); and South Pacific (James Michener/Joshua Logan).
Magic, the massive fashion industry trade show, conjures itself in Las Vegas today.
Tennis, everyone? The U.S. Open begins in Flushing Meadows, N.Y.
Excuse the intrusion, but it's National Win With Civility month. Peggy Post (Emily's great-granddaughter-in-law) offers a sensible primer on workplace manners with The Etiquette Advantage in Business: Personal Skills for Professional Success.
It's also National Inventors' Month, and for good reason: The wrench, Edison's motion picture camera, the zipper, and the loop-the-loop roller coaster were patented this month. Now get off that beach towel!