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8/8/2022 12:01:00 AM
Today In History - August 8

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Today in History in 1786 the U.S. Congress adopts silver dollar and decimal system of money; and in 1974 U.S. President Richard Nixon announced he will resign his office on August 9 at 12 p.m.

Our On This Day in history archives contains over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few of them:

Historical Events

  • 1509 - The Emperor Krishnadeva Raya is crowned, marking the beginning of the regeneration of the Vijayanagara Empire in Southern India.
  • 1609 - Venetian senate examines Galileo Galilei's telescope
  • 1786 - US Congress adopts silver dollar & decimal system of money
  • 1925 - 1st national march of Ku Klux Klan (200,000) in Washington, DC
  • 1945 - USSR establishes a communist government in North Korea
  • 1974 - US President Richard Nixon announces he'll resign his office 12PM Aug 9
  • 1988 - Cease fire between Iran & Iraq takes effect after 8 years of war

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Famous Birthdays

  • 1746 - Hieronymus van Alphen, Dutch attorney/poet (church songs)
  • 1879 - Bob Smith, American founder of Alcoholics Anonymous (d. 1950)
  • 1902 - Paul Dirac, Bristol, physicist (quantum mechanics, Nobel 1933), (d. 1984)
  • 1918 - Rory Calhoun, actor (Capitol, Motel Hell, Bill-Texan), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1937 - Dustin Hoffman, LA, actor (Graduate, Tootsie, Kramer vs Kramer)
  • 1938 - Connie Stevens, Bkln, singer/actress (Hawaiian Eye, Back to Beach)
  • 1981 - Roger Federer, Basel Switzerland, tennis player (17 grand slams)

Famous Weddings

  • 1502 - Jacobus IV of Scotland marries Margaretha Tudor
  • 1778 - Naturalist Jean-Baptiste Lamarck (34) weds Marie Anne Rosalie Delaporte
  • 1810 - Urdu poet Mirza Ghalib marries Maaroof, daughter of Nawab Ilahi Baksh, and moves to Delhi.
  • 1867 - Engineer George Westinghouse (20) weds Marguerite Erskine Walker in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1925 - China's Premier Zhou Enlai (27) weds Deng Yingchao (21) in Guangzhou
  • 1942 - Journalist Ben Bradlee (20) weds Jean Saltonstall
  • 1992 - Actress Barbara Hershey weds artist Stephen Douglas
  • 1993 - California state senator Tom Hayden (54) weds actress Barbara Williams (40)
  • 1995 - "Veronica's Closet" actress Kathy Najimy (38) weds actor Dan Finnerty (25)
  • 1996 - NBA Rockets star Hakeem Olajuwon (33) weds Dalia Asafi (18) in Houston, Texas
  • 2009 - International opera group Il Divo singer David Miller weds singer and theater actress Sarah Joy Kabanuck in New York City

Famous Divorces

  • 1946 - Esta Krakower divorces mobster Bugsy Siegel (40) after 17 years of marriage
  • 1968 - Actor Jack Nicholson (31) divorces Sandra Knight (28) after 6 years of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • 1965 - Shirley Jackson, US author (Road Through the Wall), dies at 45
  • 2010 - Patricia Neal, American actress, dies at 84
  • 2013 - Regina Resnik, American operatic singer, dies at 90
  • 2013 - Karen Black, American actress, dies from ampullary cancer at 74
  • 2014 - Charles Keating, English actor, dies from lung cancer at 72 

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