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8/9/2022 4:08:00 AM
Today In History - August 9
Gerald Ford 
Gerald Ford 

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Today in History in 1803 Robert Fulton tested his steam paddle-boat on the River Seine in France; in 1945 the U.S. dropped the second atomic bomb on Japan destroying part of Nagasaki; and in 1974 Richard Nixon resigned the U.S. presidency and V.P. Gerald Ford swears oath of office to become the 38th U.S. President.

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

  • 48 BC - Caesar's civil war: Battle of Pharsalus - Julius Caesar decisively defeats Pompey at Pharsalus and Pompey flees to Egypt.
  • 1655 - Lord Protector Oliver Cromwell divides England into 11 districts
  • 1803 - Robert Fulton tests his steam paddle-boat on the River Seine, France
  • 1848 - US Barnburners (anti-slavery) party merges with Free Soil Party nominating Martin Van Buren for president
  • 1854 - Henry David Thoreau publishes "Walden"
  • 1942 - Mahatma Gandhi & 50 others arrested in Bombay after passing of a "quit India" campaign by the All-India Congress
  • 1945 - US drops 2nd atomic bomb "Fat Man" on Japan destroys part of Nagasaki
  • 1946 - 1st time all major-league baseball games (8) are played at night
  • 1969 - Manson family commits Tate-LaBianca murders
  • 1974 - Richard Nixon resigns US presidency, VP Gerald Ford swears oath of office to become 38th US president

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Famous Birthdays

  • 1819 - Jonathan Homer Lane, Geneseo, New York, USA, American astrophysicist who mathmatically analyzed the Sun as a gaseous body.
  • 1944 - Smokey the Bear, named after NYC fireman Smokey Joe Martin
  • 1944 - Sam Elliott, actor (Big Chill, Fatal Beauty), born in Sacramento, California
  • 1950 - Chris Haney, Welland Ontario, Canadian journalist (created Trivial Pursuit)
  • 1957 - Melanie Griffith, actress (Working Girl, Milk Money, Now & Then)
  • 1963 - Whitney Houston, Newark NJ, singer (One Moment in Time, Bodyguard), (d. 2012)
  • 1967 - Deion Sanders, Fort Myers Florida, NFL cornerback/wide reciever and MLB player (Dallas Cowboys and NY Yankees)
  • 1968 - Gillian Anderson, actress (X-Files), born in Chicago, Illinois

Famous Weddings

  • 1832 - King Leopold I of Belgium marries Louisa Maria
  • 1949 - Film and stage actor Jimmy Stewart (41) weds former model Gloria Hatrick McLean (31) at the Brentwood Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles
  • 1958 - Actor Robert Redford (21) weds Lola Van Wagenen in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 1968 - Detective writer Erle Stanley Gardner (79) weds his long-time secretary Agnes Jean Bethell
  • 1973 - Actor Anthony Perkins (41) weds photographer Berinthia Berenson (25) in Cape Cod, Massachusetts
  • 2003 - Former "New Kids on the Block" singer Joey McIntyre (30) weds real estate agent Barrett Williams (25) in New York City's Plaza Hotel
  • 2012 - "Martin" and "Everybody Hates Chris" actress Tichina Arnold (43) weds St. John's University's basketball assistant coach Rico Hines at Oasis Oceanfront Estate in Honolulu, Hawaii

Famous Divorces

  • 1922 - Actress Gloria Swanson (23) divorces businessman Herbert K. Somborn after almost 3 years of marriage
  • 1955 - Actress Elizabeth Montgomery (22) divorces socialite Frederick Gallatin Cammann after more than a year of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • 1962 - Hermann Hesse, German/Swiss poet/author (Nobel 1946), dies at 85
  • 1969 - Sharon Tate, actress (Valley of Dolls), murdered by Manson's gang at 26
  • 1969 - Cecil Frank Powell, British physicist, dies at 65
  • 1995 - Jerry Garcia, rock vocalist (Grateful Dead), dies at 53
  • 2014 - Ed Nelson, American actor, dies from heart failure at 85

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